Strolling through the grocery store on my lunch the other day I stumbled across a nice big basket of local cucumbers. In a moment of impulse I grabbed them because (no word of a lie) the basket was adorable...
As I'm sitting in my office sitting next to the basket of little cucumbers I realized I better think of something to use these for... Even my clients were putting me on the spot "oh! What will you make!?" Me: "Uhhhhh"
That's when it hit me, I had an old family recipe stored away for just an occasion! So I got my ingredients together and did a small batch of Mighty Good Pickles!
12 medium size cucumbers, chopped into bite sized pieces
3 lbs onions
Chop and leave overnight with 3/4 cup salt.
Drain the onions and cucumbers (my aunt puts this in a pillowcase and hangs it in the basement for about half a day. I opted to wrap in cheese cloth and place in a strainer in a sink for half the day... felt better...)
( You can also leave the cucumbers and onions with salt for half a day, then drain overnight... Whichever works better for you.)
4-1/2 cups cider vinegar
1-1/2 cups cold water
6 cups sugar
1 cup flour
1-1/2 tsp celery seed, 1-1/2 tsp ginger, 2 tsp turmeric
Boil approx 1/2 an hour. Makes approx 5 quarts of pickles.
Some of the instructions made me laugh, who knows if "overnight" is 6 hours or 8 and "half the day"... 12 hours? Maybe 8 hours? Wing it, just wing it and be prepared for a strong onion smell during the first step aand a strong vinegar smell during the cooking.
This recipe is a staple on my families dinner table.