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Friday, July 13, 2012
Farm Fresh Friday #11
Welcome to Farm Fresh Friday
This week on the prairie....
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
In our case, it's cukes
and Peter Piper
is Proprietor Sall....
(that old nursery rhyme comes to mind
whenever I think about pickles)
I'm thinking our basket was a little
shy of a "peck"....
I had to"Google" this
question and it took me to this
"When Peter Piper picked his peck of pickled peppers,
he picked the equivalent of 1/4 of a bushel.
While no one knows the origin of this word nor
how it came to be a unit of measurement,
we do know that Peter's peck of pickled peppers
amounted to the equivalent of 2 gallons of dry weight,
or 10 to 14 pounds."
I think our basket
maybe weighed 1 pound....
Never the less, enough to make
a couple jars of Sall Farm
Deluxe Kosher Dills
So, with the family here
(for the first time during pickle season)
we let our New York kids
learn the process and
make the first 2 jars
of our 2012 pickle season!!
Sall made up a batch of our
secret recipe pickle brine,
while Eric and Rachel
loaded the quart jars
It was fun to watch these two
artists from New York City
fumbling with cucumbers
and trying to get the
jars packed just so!
(Sall Farm has standards ya know!)
They really did well considering
the mixed sizes of cucumbers they had to work with!!
Initially the cucumbers are always
varied in sizes for the first couple of picks....
after that they become more uniform
in size (unless we miss one, then it becomes ginormous!)
The hot brine was ladled
over the top and then
into the cooker!
Voila! Two jars of
beautiful Dill Pickles!!
(ART at it's finest)
Eric and Rachel were
so proud they got
to make the first two jars...
Wyatt was super
Grandpa told him they could
take them home with them!!
And so, last Friday began the beginning
of the Sall Farm 2012 Pickle Season!
After a year off,
we are ready to resume pickling!!
We won't be into it 'big time' like 2010,
when we were canning 160 quarts in one day...
but inching our way back in!
Full-filling a few orders for special pickle fans,
and filling up our own pantry shelf.
The Pickle Tradition
Must Go On!
We feel canning and preserving
our own food is a valuable thing
and we will do our best to keep
our kids active in gardening
and teach the grand-kids
those same values....
"Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared
and your life will have meaning and your heart
will have peace."
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