Saturday, July 25, 2009

Freezer Pickles

Gas up the food processor and dust off your freezer containers gang. We're making freezer pickles. (Hey, this is real life and it can't always be about cheesecake and cookies.)

We didn't grow cucumbers in our garden this year. Being first-timers with limited garden space, we stuck with tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and a few herbs. But the generosity of hubby's co-irkers (now you know the real reason I make them all those treats) has supplied us with a boatload of cucumbers. What to do with them after you've eaten your fill of them fresh? You make them into freezer pickles.

Freezer Pickles

Beg, borrow or steal a food processor if you don't own one. Otherwise plan on spending a good part of the day slicing cucumbers.

For each 8 cups of (unpeeled) sliced cucumbers, you will need:

1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 cup vinegar
1 Tbsp pickling salt
3/4 tsp celery seed
2 cups sugar (or Splenda)

Layer sliced cucumbers and onions in a large bowl. Combine vinegar, salt, celery seed and sugar. Stir to combine/dissolve. Pour over cucumbers and stir well. Cover and refrigerate for three days, stirring once each day. After three days place cucumbers into freezer containers and cover with the brine. Freeze for up to one year (if they last that long.)

10 comments:

Janice said...

OMG those look good! And, yes, life can't be all about the BBA breads . . . luckily, we did plant cucumbers and they are finally producing, so I'll be trying this recipe soon. Thanks!

Mags said...

Janice, I think it only fair that you share your cucumbers with me...lol

Moogie said...

Mags, Now you've done it. I guess I will have to do a posting with my fried pickles.

Your freezer pickles look delicious. Unfortunately when we down-sized for our retirement move, the freezer was one of the first things to go. I'll sample some of yours when I come to visit.

Mags said...

Moogie: fried pickles? Now THAT sounds awesome.

stephchows said...

seriously??? You can freeze them and they don't get all funky when they thaw?? rock on!!

And Mags, you've never had fried pickles?? so bad for you... but oh so tasty!

Mags said...

Steph: They stay all nice and crispy.. delicious. And no, I've never had fried pickles, but as soon as I land a recipe I'm going to try them!

Katerina said...

I have never had freezer pickles. Do you eat them straight from the freezer.

Mags said...

Katerina, I should have added that you take them from the freezer the day before you want to eat them and thaw them in the fridge.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

These look super tasty - my hubby would love me lots if I made him some of these. He's a pickle fanatic. :)

Mags said...

Jen: Yes, he will indeed love you! It's just a great way to put up pickles if you're not into canning (and I'm so not..lol)