Pickle-ickle-ickles! Just Happen To Be #Vegan

Our #3 Daughter brought us some hugecumbers from one of her co-workers. A hugecumber is a cucumber that’s — ah, you’re way ahead of me — HUGE.

We don’t have any cucumbers in our garden this year because turtles, so we were very glad to get them. Nothing, of course, can eat fast enough to keep dill from flourishing, so we have plenty of that.


Here’s my recipe, from the Mirro All-Purpose Cook Book, which once belonged to my grandmother (your Aunt Lily, Donna!).

Dill Pickles

  1. Select cucumbers about 5 inches in length. Wash them well and cover with salted water. (1 cup salt to a gallon of water.) Let stand overnight. Drain.
  2. Pour boiling water over cucumbers while preparing the following:
    • 1/2 cup salt
    • 2 cups vinegar
    • 3 qts. water
    • Boil one minute.
  3. Drain cucumbers, pack into clean, hot jars. Place dill and a bud of garlic in bottom of each jar. [Note: THANKS FOR PUTTING THAT IN REVERSE ORDER, MIRRO, RIGHT?]
  4. Pour boiling hot mixture over cucumbers. Seal immediately.

[Also note: I sliced these before I soaked them in salt water. Actually, Charlie sliced them.]


In a big jar like this, I put a clove of garlic and a bit of dill weed at the bottom and another towards the top.

I keep these in the refrigerator for as long as they last, which isn’t usually very long.

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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Pickle-ickle-ickles! Just Happen To Be #Vegan

  1. Dan

    July 8, 2015 at 7:27am

    I like “hugecumbers” – I also really like pickles. Turtles eat cucumbers?

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      Marian Allen

      July 8, 2015 at 8:45am

      Turtles eat pretty much anything on the ground: strawberries, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, low-hanging blueberries, toes — you name it.

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  2. Jane

    July 8, 2015 at 8:08am

    Takes me back to Mom’s making mass quantities of pickles.
    She just did in one summer, but those babies lasted!!
    She made a wide variety of’em, too.
    What yummy crispness!

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      Marian Allen

      July 8, 2015 at 8:47am

      I mostly make the garlic dills and a sweet/sour refrigerator pickle that Cathy Moore gave me the recipe for.

      Your mom was one game girl, wasn’t she? 🙂 <3

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