Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Lori's Sweet Freezer Pickles


First off, lest I give the wrong impression, I am not the gardener in the family. That would be Kahuna. I am merely the fortunate party who is married to a worker bee who loves to plant gardens and grow flowers and generally toil in the yard.
Meanwhile, I get to read a lot.
We make a good team.
That said, I do spring into action when the Kahuna starts growing cucumbers the size of small clubs.
Those on top are Japanese cucumbers. On the bottom are lemon cucumbers. (At least I think that's what they are.)



There certainly are a lot of the little suckers.
This is my hand, springing into action.
See me spring?

When it's time to get to work, I know I can count on Lori at A Frugally Old-Fashioned Homemaker for tried and true recipes. Which is why I was so excited to find her recipe for freezer pickles. No need to pull out the big old canning vat. You just slice up an onion and some cucumbers (I used my food processor for that part). You salt them and let them sit in a bowl for two hours. You heat up some white vinegar and sugar until the sugar is dissolved and pour over the whole cucumber mixture. And there you have it.
Jars of pickles to go into your freezer, ready to be pulled out any time you want to bask in that feeling of being industrious. There are three batches here. I am basking.

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Blogger Lori said...

Well Girl, you just bask away! :) With all that springing you did, you need to sit back and relax a while. LOL!
I'm SO glad you liked the pickles. Thrills me to pieces. :) I love 'em too.

August 5, 2009 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Lori, these really are delicious. I made a trial batch last week to see how I liked them. They got two thumbs up, so today I made three more batches. I have a feeling there are more to come :) I made your herb rolls the other night, too. We devoured them. Another new favorite.

August 5, 2009 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

That is fantastic. I am definately trying this method, I never heard of freezing them. I am excited to try it.

August 5, 2009 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Libby said...

How awesome :) I didn't know pickles can be frozen. Great post!

August 5, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

Oh these sound so easy to make .. I have got to try them!!

August 6, 2009 at 4:46 AM  
Blogger The Bumbles said...

Ask your Kahuna how to keep the varmints from dining on all those great veggies before the humans get the chance. Short of building a mini-Alcatraz out of chicken wire I'm at a loss.

August 6, 2009 at 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Faith said...

I love that these go into the freezer instead of all the work of canning! They sound delicious!

August 6, 2009 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

The Bumbles, I believe the mini Alcatraz with chicken wire is Kahuna's weapon of choice in the battle against the varmints. He also has some battery-operated stakes you stick in the ground; they emit high frequency sounds that drive off the underground critters. But mainly, chicken wire. Lots and lots of chicken wire.

August 6, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Marta said...

Oh I love veg gardens! you're so lucky to have a busy bee at home :)
Lovely photos!

August 6, 2009 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

Frozen pickles? Never heard of such a thing, but why not. I wish I had a freezer besides the one that's the top half of fridge. That one is filled with ice cream.

August 8, 2009 at 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Queen,
My mom grows those cucumbers too and she always called them Armenian Cucumbers. I just googled a pic and I believe she is right. I really like them as they are more crunchy than the regular garden variety cucumber. Your recipe looks delish and I will give it a try!

August 11, 2009 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Thanks for the heads up about Armenian cucumbers, Anonymous. Now I will google it, too, to check out what exactly we are growing over here :)

August 11, 2009 at 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lynn,
Sorry, I did not mean to be "anonymous" but I was in a hurry (and trying to read your blog at WORK- ah-hem) and just hit the wrong button. We just love those cukes and make refrigerator pickles with them. I have never tried the freezer way, but I will!
Lisa S/Texas

August 11, 2009 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Hi Lisa S. (no longer anonymous :) ), I'm so glad to know that what we are growing are actually Armenian cucumbers (not Japanese cucumbers). And the pictures I saw on-line of lemon cucumbers are actually nothing like the other variety we're growing, so I think I was wrong on both counts :( I will say, the Armenian kind have been delicious, while the other kind -- whatever they are -- have tended to be bitter. So next year we may just stick with the Armenian. And they're so pretty when you slice into them; they look like little flowers. Thanks for passing along the info.

August 13, 2009 at 12:22 PM  

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