I apologize for the horribleness of this clip. But I didn't want to post the entire episode and this person could at least spell "pickle" when they uploaded it onto YouTube. Start at about the 1 minute point in this clip. If you want to watch the full episode (for those of you who don't know about The Andy Griffith Show) you can click here to see it! This episode literally has me cackling for days and I always have to eat pickles when I'm watching it.
I love pickles (but not bread and butter pickles or sweet pickles -- YUCK)! And I have been waiting to make some homemade pickles since February when I just had to get out and purchase the supplies for homemade pickles during a snowstorm (see that post here). Don't ask me why, I have no explanation! Cabin Fever or stupidity...take your pick.
After our long road trip, I had to make a run to the store, so I picked up some small cucumbers while there. I was determined to get these pickles made since I've had all of the "fixin's" since February.
Now here's what you need to know. I have never made homemade pickles in my life -- EVER! But I figured with a few cucumbers,
Anywho, back to the story. I wanted to get the pickles made. The first thing to know and remember is that before pickling or canning or baking anything in mason jars, they must be sterilized.
I usually boil my jars and lids 15-20 minutes. I gently removed them from the pot and turned them upside down on a CLEAN dish towel to drain until I'm ready to use them. NOTE: Do not touch the jars if they fall over...they are hot! Guess who did this when one fell over??!!
While the jars were boiling and draining, I thoroughly washed the cucumbers. You can leave them whole if your jars are large enough or slice and dice anyway you please. I used half pint jars so I needed to slice mine a few times.
No, the cucumbers are not sweating in fear wondering what will happen to them, they are freshly washed! Sheesh, have a little faith people! ;-)
While the jars and lids were boiling and draining, I also started preparing the pickle mix. Follow the directions on the package. It was pretty simple...water, vinegar and the pickle mix. Except, don't do like I did and spill the mix all over the counter when you open the package. I will never get the smell of pickle juice out of the kitchen. And the hubster hates pickles!
Load your jar of choice with your sliced or whole pickles, pour the pickle mix over them leaving about a 1/2 inch space at the top and seal those lids. As the lids cool, you will hear a "ping" sound. If you don't, after about 30 minutes, you can press down on the bubble in the middle of the lid. If it stays, they are sealed. If not, give it a few more minutes and try again. If it won't stay down, I don't know what you did wrong. Remember, this is my first time....we are learning together.
So there's how you make my Aunt Bee's Kerosene Cucumbers, except hopefully they will be pretty tasty!
I will keep you posted. (start at about 1:39 mark on this clip)
Also, if you have not ever seen this episode of The Andy Griffith Show, you really should watch it. This episode and the Haunted House episode are my favorites!