CSA Share for 2011 Week Nine

Those white beets sure look interesting.  And I think Farmer Anne is right; I don’t remember ever getting white beets in our share, so these are a new treat for me.  In our share this week:

  • kale
  • lettuce
  • cabbage
  • white beets
  • broccoli
  • summer squash
  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • garlic

I have so many cucumbers that I even resorted to researching how to freeze them successfully.  I came up with this Method for Freezing Cucumbers recipe and tried it out yesterday.  I’ll let you know how it turns out when I break them out of the freezer in the future.  The recipe calls for 12 (pickling) cucumbers, but I only had the larger cucumbers and so used about three of them.  After a little more internet research, I gathered that pickling cucumbers result in a crispier, more flavorful (due to their thinner skins) pickle than the larger slicing cucumbers, but either will work.

A member commented a few weeks ago that she, too, is on a “pickle mission.”  It was then I realized that I haven’t even tried making bread and butter pickles in all my CSA years.  So, I found this Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles recipe, which is very similar to the freezing method except for the addition of the spices.

So, don’t let those cucumbers go to waste…join me and start pickling!


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