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Nearly Homemade Pickles

Nearly free, nearly homemade pickles. My wonderful mother-in-law, Lavon, gave me two cucumbers from her garden. Forgetting these were not genetically mutated supermarket cucumbers, I put them in the crisper drawer and forgot about them for a couple days. When I went to slice them up for lunch, I saw that they were getting a little soft. I didn't want them to go to waste, so I made nearly free pickles.

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I always save pickle juice when the pickles are gone. You can pickle many vegetables in this leftover liquid - carrots, onions, cauliflower, zucchini, hot peppers, etc. Just slice or cut the veggies into bite sized pieces and put them in the pickle jar. Shake the jar a couple times a day to make sure the veggies get pickled evenly. After three or four days, eat and enjoy.

I figure that the liquid constitutes about 1/4 of the price of the jar of pickles. My Aldi pickles were $0.99. So, 25 cents for the liquid and the cucumbers were free. You can make these pickles look more homemade by tossing in a few pinches of dill weed, parsley, marjoram, dried onion, etc. Put a little square or round piece of fabric over the jar lid, tie with a ribbon and you have a nice gift.
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This idea not only reuses the pickle juice that most people would throw away, but it also reuses the glass jar. When the homemade pickles are gone, I thoroughly clean the glass jar and use it to freeze soups, broth, vegetables or tomato sauce.

By Samaree from South Bend, IN

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September 28, 20070 found this helpful

Great ideas. Thanks

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September 28, 20070 found this helpful

We'll try it.

thanks for the post!

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September 29, 20070 found this helpful

Hi, sounds great, also hard boiled eggs left in the pickle juice for a few days are really good. Thanks!

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September 29, 20070 found this helpful

That is a great idea!

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September 30, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks for more ideas! I buy pickles sweetened with Splenda, save the juice, and pour a can of drained beets (your favorite kind, sliced, whole baby beets, or chunks) and I have an expensive jar of beet pickles! I recycle that when it is empty by adding more juice to that same jar and another can of beets. I just kinda keep it going and sometimes add a little white vinegar and Sweet and Low to fill it up again.

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