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Re: In Need of a GREAT Pickle Recipe

Postby Dumbo » Jul 16, 2012 10:05 pm

Is there a difference?
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Re: In Need of a GREAT Pickle Recipe

Postby kelly_m » Jul 17, 2012 7:42 am

Uh.....absolutely!

We've already established that pickles could have shrinkage, depending on temps., may become soggy, and may have too many warts.


Now cukes OTOH, maintain their shape and size and firmness, and can continue to grow if given the proper handling.
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Re: In Need of a GREAT Pickle Recipe

Postby davefrombc » Jul 17, 2012 9:57 am

A cucumber is a cucumber; but a pickle can be any one of many vegetables ( and some fruits) that find their way into a brine. A dill pickle is normally a pickled cucumber , but you can also pickle with dill, carrot, celery, and string beans.

I'll refrain from commenting further on pickle shrinkage in the cold and cucumber handling . I could end up in a pickle.
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Re: In Need of a GREAT Pickle Recipe

Postby Dumbo » Jul 17, 2012 11:57 am

davefrombc wrote:but a pickle can be any one of many vegetables ( and some fruits) that find their way into a brine.

You know... that cracked me up.

Kelly, can you please elaborate and comment further so that we may gain a deeper understanding?
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Re: In Need of a GREAT Pickle Recipe

Postby kelly_m » Jul 17, 2012 6:38 pm

Well...I don't have to go into detail about the pickle temps and shrinkage....you have done that nicely....

But all I am saying is that you water cukes, you give them a trellis...you don't go around whipping them around....Or you let them lay around on the fertile ground....pick when ripe. Cucumbers would maintain their firmness and grow in these conditions.

What did you think i meant????
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Re: In Need of a GREAT Pickle Recipe

Postby Dumbo » Jul 17, 2012 6:50 pm

What's your secret to knowing when they're ripe?
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Re: In Need of a GREAT Pickle Recipe

Postby kelly_m » Jul 17, 2012 7:20 pm

Well, Marc, there are many ways to know. Some will feel their firmness, others will check for warts, while others will make sure their ends are rounded.

What's your preference?
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Re: In Need of a GREAT Pickle Recipe

Postby Dumbo » Jul 17, 2012 7:46 pm

Hard to say. I just see them and take it. Big, small, thick, thin, weird shaped, it don't matter. I'm not fussy. Guess I don't have ripeness experience, or I just don't care.

Tomorrow is picking day so i'll have more. It's more than what I can actually use.
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Re: In Need of a GREAT Pickle Recipe

Postby kelly_m » Jul 17, 2012 8:18 pm

Wow! Maybe you'll be able to write a book. 100 Ways to Use a Cucumber......

At least you are not discriminating.....
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Re: In Need of a GREAT Pickle Recipe

Postby Dumbo » Jul 17, 2012 8:29 pm

um, no.
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