Sunday, July 20, 2008

WHERE DID THAT HUGE CUCUMBER COME FROM?


I just found three huge cucumbers in my garden. I grow mine on a trellis and still can't spot them until they are the size of a baseball bat. I think I go blind when I go to the garden. I just found two overgrown eggplant and some peppers, that I swear were not there yesterday. I believe they hide when they see me coming. My onions are totally hidden. I can't find them anywhere. Do rabbits like onions?

I really do need to check the garden every day when it reaches this stage. Things just grow so fast and if you are not careful, they will get over ripe or just rot on the vines. So many of my tomatoes, especially the patio and grape, just died on the vine, because I didn't get around to picking them. My only excuse is the heat. It gets hot early here now and in the evening you have to fight the insects. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I will be planning my fall garden really soon now and will try to do better.

What to do with those overgrown cucumbers from Cooks.com:


RED HOT CUCUMBER PICKLES

2 gal. lg. cucumbers
2 c. pickling lime
Water
1 c. vinegar
1 tbsp. alum from drugstore
1 bottle red food coloring
2 c. vinegar
5 lbs. sugar
1 lg. pkg. red hot candy
8 cinnamon sticks

Peel, quarter and seed cucumbers. Need 2 gallons of cucumbers after peeling. Cut into strips about the size of French fries. Soak 24 hours in pickling lime with enough water to cover cucumbers. Drain and wash well.
Add 1 cup vinegar, alum, food coloring and enough water to cover. Simmer 2 hours and then drain well. Add 2 cups vinegar, 4 cups water, sugar, candy and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil. Remove from stove. Let sit 24 hours. Bring back to a boil. Remove from stove. Let sit another 24 hours. Bring to a boil. Put in hot sterilized jars. Makes 10-12 pints. This makes wonderful Christmas gifts.

35 comments:

Skeeter said...

Great Harvest there! Yep, once those things start to grow they just dont stop!

tina said...

They can surely hide from you!

Brenda Jean said...

BAHAHAHAHA I do the same thing! One year I grew lemon cucumbers and another odd variety that was brownish in color. I planted WAY too many, and could never keep up with them. I swear I had them all picked and then would find a monster cuke!

Gail said...

I love the sound of this recipe...sweet pickles are yummy! and I love cucumbers!

You can add fresh cut cucumbers and watermelon rind to filtered water refrig over night for a refreshingly cool drink.

gail

Susie said...

What a beautiful basket of veggies. You must have a great garden!

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Cosmo said...

I'm so jealous of your vegetables, Eve--they're beautiful. And thanks for the recipe (you, too, Gail, for the one for the flavored water). I hope you're making peace with your rabbits--

Eve said...

Cosmo, I am just letting the little things have what they need. It is 95 degrees here as I type so I know they probably need it more than I do. We are on to planning the fall garden anyway.

Brenda Kula said...

You stick to that story, girl! You're farther ahead than me. I didn't even plant veggies this year!
Brenda

Julie said...

Aren't all the things there in your basket beautiful??? How wonderful for you to have such a great garden, with such variety! Awesome! I am holding out hope for my wax beans!

Connie said...

Great looking veggies. Another good recipe for using large cukes is Greek Picnic Salad...yummm. I posted a recipe for it last summer.

Eve said...

Thanks Connie, I'll go check it out. I hope it has feta cheese. I love feta cheeese and just happen to have some.

DP Nguyen said...

WOW! What a great harvest! I have a hard time finding cucumbers too! The leaves on the plant are huge, and it really does hide the cukes. I scratched my face the other day by trying to find the cucumbers and scratching my face with the bamboo stakes. lol.

Thanks for the picklin' recipe. I'll have to try that if the cucumbers end up being too much to eat. Right now, we are picking 1-2 a day and eating them with salad and giving them to frieds.

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