Most people who know me are very aware that I'm not a fan of cucumbers. I pick them out of fresh rolls, push them to the side of salad plates, and will slowly edge away from you if you're eating them. Blech and double blech!
But pickles--now that's a different story. I'm a huge fan of pickles and frankly, find it baffling that something I loathe, when sealed in a jar with vinegar and spices for a month or more, becomes something I love. So, this year we planted pickling cucumbers in the garden and had a go at making pickles...
I'll admit our pickling cucumbers are pretty, and I do enjoy the little black prickles you have to scrub away. I wasn't too thrilled, however, with the whole cutting and smelling cucumbers process. Just goes to show that I'm determined to have those pickles.
I also consulted the delightful Food in Jars blog. For anyone who thinks they're too much of a city mouse to attempt canning, this is a terrific jumping-off point. Marisa McClellan knows her stuff and isn't afraid to share that knowledge. Her blog is chock-full of recipes, techniques, and all manner of necessary bits to help you get started on the road to canning success.
My pickles won't be ready until September, and I must admit I'm finding it tough to wait. Patience is not one of my strong suits. I've been tempted many a sandwich day to crack open a jar, but I'm hoping that the wait will pay off in deliciousness.