Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Lime-Mint Freezer Pickles

I'm making hay while the sun shines folks... And that means pickles in July. These Lime-Mint Freezer Pickles got a big thumbs up from everyone that tried them, and we all agreed pulling a jar out of the freezer in January or February would be a beautiful thing:@) Salt, lime and mint all tickle your taste buds in succession, this was a really great pickle! I've broken the recipe down to half pint jars in case you only have a few cukes and want to tuck one or two jars away for later. I promise this is really different and will be a fun conversation starter.

My second batch with red pepper, pic before it went into the freezer:@)
 I'll list the full recipe and my scaled down one below. 

 Lime-Mint Freezer Pickles-from The All New Ball Blue Book of Canning
Makes approximately 6 half pint jars.
2 1/2 lbs 3 to 5" pickling cucumbers, sliced 1/8" thin
4 Tblsp Ball pickling salt
1 Tblsp lime zest
1/4 C lime juice
1 1/2 C sugar
1 C chopped red bell pepper-I only had green pepper
3/4 C white vinegar
1/2 C sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/4 C mint, finely chopped-I used spearmint
2 garlic cloves, minced

Lime-Mint Freezer Pickles-One 1/2 Pint Recipe
Pickling cucumbers, sliced 1/8" thin, enough to fill 1/2 pint jar
2 tsp pickling salt
1/2 tsp lime zest
2 tsp lime juice
1/4 C sugar
1/6 C pepper, preferably red, but green is fine
2 Tblsp C white vinegar
2 tsp mint, minced, loosely packed
1 very small clove garlic, minced
  1. Toss cucumber slices and salt in large glass or non-metallic bowl. Cover and let stand for 3 hours. Drain and return to bowl.
  2. Add everything else to bowl, mix well. Cover and chill for 8 hours.
  3. Pack cucumbers into jars with large slotted spoon leaving 1" head space. Pour liquid over cucumbers leaving 1/2" head space. Add lids and store in freezer up to six months. 
  4. Thaw in refrigerator, refrigerate after opening and use within three weeks.
Preserve a little bit of summer and have a happy day:@)

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  1. Very interesting... Never heard of them. Have a great new week. With love Janice

  2. Hmmmm lime and mint sounds like an interesting flavor combo, and one that I'd like to try, Lynn.

  3. How unusual! Once again I'll say, your friends and neighbors are very lucky!

  4. Your pickles sound so refreshingly different with the mint and lime Lynn!


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