Cool as a ... cucumber?
W i t h G r a e
Goodness, it’s been hot, so, so hot! The weather reports are currently on my “no list” as well as national political news, because they are both equally depressing and unlikely to change. I try to keep myself from complaining, because God knows, we’ve got it good. Working ac at home and in the car, cool drinks in the fridge and democracy for all. Yes, I’m grateful, but days like today, when the pool temp is in the 90s, I’m just a little on the irritable side. My husband’s laundry, from working outside all day, isn’t even safe to hit the floor or hamper, it’s straight into the washing machine!
Desperate attempts to keep cool involve not cooking and randomly and repeatedly hosing the kids and dogs down in the backyard.
On another nonsquential note, this was overheard from the backseat the other day:
The littlest mini: (she’s 6 and talks a lot!) Talk, talk, talk, ... waiting on the Perrys ... talk, talk, etc.
Me: Did you just say, “Waiting on the Perry’s”? What does that even mean?
Her: It’s just in general, you know.
Brother: It’s just a ‘spression, you know like “digging for gold.” Me: Uh-huh. So for the rest of the day when they asked me for stuff or wanted answers to random impossible questions, I just answered with “hmmm, waiting on the Perry’s”. For some reason, they don’t think it’s as funny as I do, but hey, 34 more days til school starts again and I’m running out of ways to entertain us. Plus it’s hot. Did I mention that?
So in honor of not cooking and fair week quickly approaching I’m sharing my granny’s freezer cucumber recipe. Cool and tangy, they are a tasty treat and good way to use up some of the last of the garden’s produce. Also it’s an acceptable reason to keep sticking your head in the freezer, you know, to keep checking the pickles.
Granny’s Freezer Cucumbers
Combine cucumbers, onions and salt. Let mixture soak for 3 hours. In a saucepan, warm the vinegar and sugar; stir to dissolve sugar. Drain liquid from salted cucumbers and onions and add to vinegar mixture. Ladle into plastic freezer containers and freeze. When ready to use, defrost and serve chilled. Yield: 1-1/2 quarts.
2 quarts sliced unpeeled small cucumbers 2 medium onions, sliced 1 tablespoon salt 1 cup vinegar 1-1/4 cups sugar Basically, when I’m in a hurry or feeling particularly lackadaisical I skip all the soaking, stirring and dissolving and just throw all the ingredients into a plastic container, put a lid on and give it a little shake. They taste just as good, I think. Who knows, it’s so hot, my tastebuds have probably melted off. Until next time, stay cool as these cucumbers and go with grace.