I find lately that I’ve craved reading books and articles of the “Do It Yourself” nature.
Make your own pasta. Bake your own bread. Grow your own meat animals. Live off the land in your own backyard. How to build your own brick pizza oven. How to not kill flowers. How to survive on little sleep. How to paint your house on the cheap without actually paining it. You know, the usual stuff.
So when I came across a lonely cucumber I knew what my next Google search would bring about: how to make my own pickles. The problem is that all of the results yielded really complicated (read: not actually that complicated but too much work for my lazy self) recipes for canning pickles. And y’all? If anything you know I have to go the lazy route when it’s offered. But when it’s not offered? I make my own!
- 1 large jar (16 oz) fitted with a lid, boil covered in water for 10 minutes then set out to air dry. BE VERY CAREFUL!
- 1/2 to 1 bulb of garlic, all of the cloves removed from the skin and smashed slightly
- 1 large seedless cucumber, sliced very thin
- 1/2 jar pickling spice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- apple cidar vinegar