It's that time of year. All your hard work in the garden is paying off and you have a bumper crop of cucumbers. SO MANY CUCUMBERS. Don't worry, pickle it!
There's the quick pickle—as simple as boiling water, vinegar, sugar, salt, and spices together, then covering your produce with that liquid and waiting a few hours. The difference between a quick pickle and a canned pickle is that the quick pickle process is basically the same as marinating. Canned pickles, on the other hand, use a stronger brine and a water-bath canning process to extend their shelf life.
And the process works with so many ingredients. Beyond the classic cucumbers, other fruits and vegetables that work well for pickles include asparagus, beets, bell peppers, blueberries, cauliflower, carrots, cherries, fennel, ginger, grapes, green beans, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, peaches, peppers, radishes, ramps, rhubarb, strawberries, squash, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon. The list goes on and on.
Get some great ideas and recipes for all those summer veggies here, and happy pickling!
Recently gaining popularity at Simple Abundance is Poplar Hill goat milk, and for good reason:
People who have allergies to cow milk - many people who cannot tolerate cow milk find goats milk products are welcome natural alternatives.
People with delicate digestive systems. The fat particles in goats milk are smaller than those in cow's milk, therefore the milk is easier for people to digest.
The elderly - many of our customers are senior citizens who find goat milk to be the nutritious, easily digestible, natural source of calcium for their diet.
Infants - many babies who have difficulty digesting cow milk find goat milk the soothing natural alternative.
Expectant and nursing mothers - many mothers rely on the natural benefits of goat milk for themselves and their children.
Health conscious individuals who like to know where their food is produced - you are welcome to make an appointment to visit Poplar Hill and meet the animals who produce our quality products.