On Tuesday, I spent ten hours in a kitchen with 3 other ladies making pickles. TEN HOURS!
And, if you can beleive it, I left early...crazy ladies were in the kitchen till midnight, finishing up with relish.
Sweet Mary, if I never see another pickle in my life it'll be too soon. (Aside from the thirty some-odd jars I have in my basement of course.)
We made about 95 jars of dill pickles. 29 jars of bread and butter pickles. And 24 jars of relish.
So we weren't planning to go so crazy, but my friend GROSSLY overestimated how many cucumbers we'd need.
Note for cucumber buyers - four bushels is TOO MUCH, even split between 4 people!! (We even gave a bushel away!)
The trouble with canning though? It's like a sickness. Yesterday (on my way home from picking up the pickles no less) I passed a vegetable stand and there were beautiful baskets of green beans there...I almost stopped. But then I stopped myself! I need a bit of pickle recovery time before I bust out the caner again...you know, at least a day or two.
Anyone up for caning beans this weekend?