|Eight pints of sugar and pickling spices await the vinegar bath, Day 11, July 8, 2010.|
My mom had brilliantly suggested that we measure out the sugar and pickling spices into a large food-safe container so I could just pour it into the vinegar when the time came. It seemed kind of unnecessary to me when she suggested it, but today I was grateful to know that I had mom's help with this crucial step, even after she'd gone home.
|Pickles in my sink, Day 11, July 8, 2010.|
I let the vinegar simmer while I made dinner and when my husband got home, he said, "Hmmm... smells like pickles!" I figured that was a good sign.
After dinner, I slowly poured the giant container of sugar and pickling spices into the pot, stirring it frequently. I thought about how much of the sugar would actually be absorbed into the pickles and how much would stay in the pickle juice. I also decided that this might be why my mom's pickle juice is the secret ingredient in both her cole slaw and her potato salad. It's my secret ingredient for the best tuna salad in the world, if I do say so myself.
|Vinegar, sugar, and pickling spices, Day 11, July 8, 2010.|
Once again I must thank my mother. She's been calling me every day to check up on the process and remind me to pay attention to my pickles. She also said she's starting hers soon and I think I'll give her a run for her money this year. Let the pickle wars begin!
|My almost pickles, Day 11, July 8, 2010.|