How Full is Full Enough?

vegetables series: cucumbers pickles

I received a very practical canning question from Bonnie the other day and thought I’d try to share a little practical experience to help clear things up.

Bonnie’s question is about pickles. Specifically, packing a jar with cukes before adding the pickling liquid. She wrote:

Can  you  please  explain   or show how to  tightly fill a canning jar with cucumbers when  making  pickles.

I will try to explain because I have no way to video this.

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Pickles Getting Mushy? Remember to Trim the Blossoms

Pickles- 078Sam wrote in the other day and asked why his pickles are getting mushy. Here’s his question:

When we can pickles some end up soft, usually towards the top of the jar we use a pinch of alum do we need to use more or put a head of dill on top to hold pickles down or what? Any tips would be nice !

Glad to help Sam, here are a few things to keep in mind and try when it comes to pickling your cukes this year … Continue reading

Shirley’s Pickled Asparagus Recipe

asparagus tipsYou know, cucumbers aren’t the only thing you can pickle.  I like to add plenty of garlic to my pickled asparagus to help give it a unique flavor – and it keeps bringing people back for seconds!

You’ll notice in this recipe that I suggest using wide-mouth jars. That’s because they’ll be hot and you’ll want them to be easy to fill.  You can learn more about choosing the right jars by checking out this article I wrote for the Preserving The Harvest Newsletter (presented by Mrs. Wages).

Here’s the recipe …

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New products on the Mrs. Wages website.

As you know, I do some freelance work with the fine folks at Mrs. Wages. And it’s exciting when they roll out new products for those of us who enjoy cooking and preserving food at home.

Well, have you checked out the Mrs. Wages website lately? Right there on the homepage are some new photos featuring some new products for 2017. In addition to a photo of their XTRA Crunch product, they have pictures of a new Bruschetta mix and a Pickled Okra product that will soon be found in stores and online.

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