Have I mentioned we have had an abundance of cucumbers this year? Some of them got too big before I realized it. What to do with over ripe big pickling cucumbers? Feed them to the chickens, ducks and turkeys, well yeah some of them we did. But then I thought I should make relish from them. You may know they are full of seeds in the middle when they get that big. So you have to cut that out before using them as the seeds are quite developed and tough.
After they are washed, slice the ends off.
Next I run my knife through them to make smaller chunks. These go into the food processor. Just pulse them and don't put too many in at a time. If you do, what happens is the cukes on the bottom get pureed to mush and you still have big chunks on top that never get chopped. How do I know this you ask????? LOL! Yep, experience is the best teacher.
Here they are in the food processor.
This is what mine looked like after a bit of pulsing.
Here is the dehydrator full of apple slices. This will make a nice little snack item for our girls this winter.
Here is a close up of the apple slices. (Don't pay any attention to the laundry supplies on the shelf beneath the dehydrator.) : )
Here is a picture of the two bags of pears that I put up today. To the right are bags of cranberries we bought last season.
This is the drawer in my freezer where I put up the 26 quarts of green beans from the garden this year.
And last but not least is our two quarts of applesauce and two quarts of apple juice. Not a bad couple of days work. Whew! Am I glad "Labor Day" is over! Now tomorrow I can just pick more peppers and freeze them and pick some plums to can, then there are more apples to do, the cucumbers I am going to try and sell some. I have made enough pickles to last us well over a year!
Oh speaking of pickles, here is my crock full of pickles being made the old fashioned way. I am using a jar of water on top of a plate to weigh the cucumbers down and keep them in the brine. Looks kind of goofy, but hey, it works! Over top of that is plastic wrap to keep out the dust and what have you, and to keep little girls who might live here from poking their fingers or other objects into the brine. ; )Tomorrow I will get the updated photos of the ducklings posted. I hope!