These cukes are going nuts in my garden. I had 2 plants survive from 4 this spring. The squash over ran them so I did not expect a whole lot of a crop, but wow. I wonder around moving squash vines and leaves and find HUGE cukes! I can go in and pick all I find, then I swear 2 days later it's like I have never been in there. BIG, and I mean BIG suckers! Lots of them I taste and they are bitter for some reason. (not complaining, just amazed at the size and amount) Is there a chance they cross fertilized with the squash to get that big? (yea, call me a newbee) The smaller ones I catch n eat all taste great.
When I pickle them, do they have to remain refrigerated or can I put them in the basement with the other canned veggies? How long will they stay good? Anyone have some recipes they would care to share? What I've done so far is pretty basic with some garlic and dill. I have learned that I love to eat the garlic cloves that I put in with the pickles, mighty tasty!! I've also learned that putting 3/4 cup vodka in the brine mix keeps the pickles nice and crisp the way I like them. I've also learned the big cukes that go bitter, break in half, throw in the chicken pen, they go nuts for them so they don't go to waste.
We've got a bunch of beets that went nuts this time round, did not produce last year. Can't wait to cook them up, we love beets. I have a recipe for pickled beets, can't wait!