A Morning in the Kitchen
I find myself making more and more of those things I used to purchase ready-made and oh-so-convenient. It’s a conscious choice, not one dictated by saving money, that’s for sure.
Today happens to be a heavy-duty cooking day as I make dog food, bread-and-butter pickles, and roasted vegetables.
Here’s the list of what I now make that I used to buy:
Dog food and dog treats
Although I haven’t actually tasted the dog food, I think every one of the other items tastes much better in its homemade form. And good taste is worth the investment of my time, at least right now. I also like the fact that I know exactly what I'm eating -- there are no additional ingredients to promote taste or increase shelf-life.
In case you find yourself craving some delicious pickles, here’s my recipe:
Bread and Butter Pickles
15 cups sliced pickling cucumbers
3 onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup coarse salt
4 cups cracked ice
2-1/2 cups cider vinegar
2-1/2 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
- Combine cucumbers, onions, salt, and ice in a large bowl.
- Mix well.
- Put a weight on an allow to stand 3 hours. (A plate or an inverted lid with something heavy on top works well.)
- Drain thoroughly.
- Combine vinegar, sugar, turmeric, celery seed, and mustard seed in a large pot.
- Add drained cucumbers.
- Place pot on medium low heat.
- Bring almost to a boil, but DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL.
- Remove from heat.
- Seal in sterilized jars and cook 10 minutes in a water bath.
The pickles are delightful with tuna fish or with anything that needs that sweet and sour taste.