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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Freezer Pickles

Cucumbers are just beginning here although my vines don't have any yet. I make a small batch of freezer pickles each year. These are a bread and butter style of pickle.

Freezer Pickles

The recipe is rather easy. The pickles have an excellent flavour without the work of canning. The result is a tasty, crisp pickle. Unlike other pickle recipes "no" cooking is necessary. The recipe can be halved or doubled if desired. I like to freeze in the 14 oz (414 ml) zip loc containers. This is a nice size that tends to get used up within a meal or two. To use, simply defrost the container in the fridge and serve. Here's the recipe. I've included a note at the end of the recipe since I prefer to do the pickles that way.

Freezer Pickles

7 c pickling cucumbers
2 c diced onions
2 c green peppers
1 tbsp coarse salt
1 tbsp celery salt
1 tbsp mustard seed
1 1/2 c white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp tumeric
3 1/2 c white sugar
1/2 tsp alumn

Slice cucumbers into containers*. Mix together the rest of ingredients. Pour over cucumbers. Let sit for 3 hours. Freeze.

* Note: My preferred method is to mix everything in a large plastic bowl. Do not use metal. After the waiting period, I stir well then divide into the freezer containers. I find this is a lot easier.

6 food lovers commented:

Ernest said...

A quick question ... is the brine supposed to cover the pickles completely? 7 cups of cucumbers is not submerged in the brine, unless I'm using too tall of a container.

Garden Gnome said...

The brine should cover the pickles but may not cover entirely. The pickles tend to float up a bit. I stir the mixture about every half hour.

Heart4MyHome said...

Is the coarse salt you use the same as kosher salt?

Garden Gnome said...

I use a coarse sea salt but a coarse kosher salt work work as well.

busy mom said...

Are you going to be posting canning/ freezing items or receipes this yr(2010)? Thanks

Garden Gnome said...

Hi Busy Mom and thanks for visiting. There are a large number of canning, drying and freezing posts in the archives. You can search for them using the search box in the welcome section at the beginning of the blog or you can click on any of the labels under the archives section in the lower sidebar. Any canning, drying and freezing I do for 2010 will be posted as well if it is a new recipe or I've changed something in a recipe already posted. So there should be several more recipes/methods added for 2010.