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Post  quiltbea Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:13 am

I tried my hand at making freezer pickles yesterday. They are Bread and Butter pickles and seemed the easiest for me.

They have to freeze for at least 2 weeks before I can try them. I'll let you know how they came out. My cukes are a combo of pickling and other types.

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You slice the cukes less than a quarter inch thin, preferably pickling cukes. Add the other veggie ingredients and mix together with Kosher salt and allow to drain for 2 hrs.

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You mix the spices in a brine made from cider vinegar and sugar.

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You fill freezer bags, cover the contents with the brine, seal and freeze.

Sounds simple. I hope they taste good. This is my very first try at pickling.

I'll report on taste and crispness when I've tried them.
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Post  pattipan Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:03 pm

I made some freezer pickles this year too. I posted the recipe I used awhile back here:
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3443-freezer-pickles#25946

They taste different than canned -- bright green, fresh, crisp and delicious. I add some chopped red bell peppers too, which makes the green look even brighter. They won't keep long after thawed, even in the fridge, so I freeze them in pint-size freezer bags. I had a bumper crop of little French cucumbers this year and they seemed to get larger overnight, so I made cornichons from the little whole cukes and bread & butter pickles from the larger ones. They are a big hit a church suppers!

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Post  quiltbea Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:14 pm

pattipa.....That's the recipe I used. I got it here on the forum.

I didn't have enough pickling cukes so used a combo of 3 types so hope they taste as good.
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Post  pattipan Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:46 pm

I went just now and took a bag out of my freezer to thaw. I froze them on July 24 and I haven't tried any of that batch yet. I'll post a picture later.

I've used slicing cukes before with this recipe and they were fine. In fact, the reason I first made these freezer pickles was because my dad gave me a couple of grocery bags of slicing cucumbers and I had to do something with them. They may not be quite as crisp, but no one complained!

Today I'm working on basil. I am freezing some plain and some as pesto. My kitchen smells really good right now!

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Post  pattipan Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:24 am

Here's that picture of this year's freezer pickles. I forgot how bright they look compared to canned. These will soon be history...

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Post  RoOsTeR Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:29 am

Freezer pickles. Wow. They look and sound fantastic! I have never even heard of them before.
I usually do quick pickles and green beans.
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I might have to give these "freezer pickles" a go!

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Post  quiltbea Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:51 pm

I made these this year and tried my first ones a few weeks ago. Don't be like me and if you are running low on brine, don't just add more vinegar. I did! Big mistake. The pickles were too vinegary. I ran them under cold water to wash off some of the brine before eating them and they were better.

Next year I'll make them 'by the book' and not try to cut corners. If needed, I'll double or triple the brine per instructions and not just add more vinegar.

They sure were bright and lovely, though.
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Post  janezee Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:29 pm

pattipan wrote:Here's that picture of this year's freezer pickles. I forgot how bright they look compared to canned. These will soon be history...

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OOOOOHHHH! I'm so jealous! I definitely have to do this next year! Thanks for the inspiration!
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Post  janezee Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:32 pm

quiltbea wrote:I tried my hand at making freezer pickles yesterday. They are Bread and Butter pickles and seemed the easiest for me.
This is my very first try at pickling.

I'll report on taste and crispness when I've tried them.



Bea, thanks for the recipe and photos! I just looked a little higher, and saw yours. How did they turn out for crispiness? B&B pickles are my favorite, so I'll be usin this recipe on your recommendation.
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Post  llama momma Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:14 pm

Thank you! I am So excited to try this out. Can't wait till next year. My cuke season is over so I am going to use supermarket cukes (ahh-horrors! I know! ) just for the fun of it and see how it turns out.
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Post  Kelejan Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:19 pm

I made some freezer pickles this for the first time from your recipe, Quiltbea, and had some the other day. Very nice. I will be making more next year.
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Post  quiltbea Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:23 pm

Mine were a combo of pickling and slicing pickles and yes, they were crisp.
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Post  RoOsTeR Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:55 am

I am going to search around for some recipes without sugar. I love sugar and B&B pickles, sweet pickles, etc. But trying to greatly limit it from my diet.

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