Monday, May 24, 2010

"bills dills"

Ok, I'm into gardening. There's something about getting
dirt under my fingernails that is fun.
I also enjoy fresh veggies! Mmmm, there's nothing like 'em!
So this has been a busy spring, and I still have more to plant.

One of the things I do is grow cucumbers for pickling.
I entered some into the state fair and got 4th place! (I thought
they were 1st place winners myself!)

Anyway, Dill pickles have been a favorite since I was a kid. I
helped my granny make pickles, and she was the best!
Granny taught me how to pack 'em. How to make the brine.
She showed me how to can them so you could eat pickles all
through winter.
I like dill pickles! Not sweet pickles, or sour pickles. Some I
like to kick a bit with cyanne pepper. My wife & the kids will
eat the garlic dills, but don't care for the hot, so I make them
for myself. (Some of my buddies like 'em hot too!)


Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Bill~! ☺

My stepmother used to pickle ~ those were fun times as a kid.

wetoilpaint said...

I think they are real pretty pickles.
You got cheated with the score of 8 on appearance. They are packed in an appetizing way. You got a good score on the firmness. What makes a good colored pickle?
Did your granny make kraut? chow-chow? pickled eggs?

martinealison said...

Hi, j'adore les cornichons... simplement au vinaigre blanc à l'estragon... Cela ne me gêne pas d'emporter un petit bocal lors d'une séance de cinéma! Hummmmmm

Celeste Bergin said...

I want those pickles! (congratulations!)

Janice said...

The perfect name for the perfect pickle!!! Is there no end to your talents :)

billspaintingmn said...

Hey wow, Thank you all! I'll let you in on another little secret: Granny would make a special batch of pickles that fizzed!
Yup! you could bit into one and it fizzed in your mouth!
I have tried to make them, but no fizz~ partly because it calls for more salt than I care to use, but I'm working on it!
Once it's perfected I'll make a million dollars!
I'll call 'em bizz fizz! (ha)
Thanks again Everyone!(Wet!What is chow-chow?)

Sadia Hussain said...

These are just great! and they fizzed too , wow! that I would love to try! "bizz fizz" and I bet you would fetch a million dollars on it!

wetoilpaint said...

What's chow-chow? Dog in a kidding.
I can remember my grandmother making it but it was so long ago. I just remember her chopping the cabbage and adding different things. Here's a Carolina version, this is a mild version but there are recipes out in internet land for hot chow-chow.

A description and link..

"Traditional Southern chow chow relish is made with cabbage, onions, mild peppers and pickling spices, for a flavor that's similar to sweet pickles but with a gentler tang, and a crisper crunch. This Mild Chow Chow Relish is the real deal, handmade in small batches in the rolling farmland of the North Carolina Piedmont (between Winston-Salem and Lexington NC) by an elderly couple using fresh produce from their local farmer's market and an old family recipe. Carolina Sauce Mild Chow Chow Relish will please the whole family with its crunchy texture and sweet-tangy flavor that makes it a fresh alternative to ordinary pickle relish or cole slaw. Enjoy this chow chow relish on sandwiches and burgers, with pork dishes, London broil, roast beef, fried chicken, broiled or fried fish and seafood, and other comfort food and country fare. Or simply enjoy it straight from the jar when you want a light snack. If you like bread & butter pickles and relish, then you'll love our mild chow chow relish! Made in NC, refrigerate after opening.
No nutritional info on label."

PS. I don't know these people or have anything to do with their website.

billspaintingmn said...

Sadia! I still have to work on the fizz, If I get there, I'll give a heads up!

Wet! Chow Chow sounds delicious! I must make
some,Thanks!(the hot stuff I'll call Wow Chow!)