Garden Fresh Refrigerator Pickles
2-3 firm garden fresh cucumbers (I used cukes that were about 8 inches long)
2 tablespoons kosher salt (Diamond Krystal brand is in my kitchen)
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 cup white vinegar
2-3 cloves sliced fresh garlic
1-2 tablespoons sugar or to taste
We like a pinch of pepper flakes or fresh jalapeno slices
Wash cucumbers really well and slice very thin-Using a Mandolin or hand slice to about an 1/8-inch thickness. Place the cukes in a clean 2 quart or equivalent lidded jar that has a tight fitting lid. Old pickle jars work great too.
In a glass mixing bowl, add salt, dill & sugar, and then pour in white vinegar. Whisk until sugar and salt is dissolved. Taste to adjust seasoning. You might like yours a little sweeter or add a few more slices of garlic. If it’s too salty add a little more vinegar or more dill. Customize them to how your family likes them.
When the brine tastes just the way you like it., add it to the jar containing the cukes. Within an hour or two, the salt will draw the moisture from the cucumbers and wilt them so they will be fully submerged and the the liquid becomes perfectly balanced pickle brine.
Place jar in the refrigerator near the front, which should remind you to shake it once or twice more over the new few hours. You can eat them as little as 1 to 2 hours later, but they become ideal at 6 to 8 hours. They’ll keep in the fridge, submerged in their brine, for 3 weeks.
On these warm summer days, it's nice to pull out a bucket of this tasty, refreshing homemade watermelon slushy from your freezer to cool you off. It only takes minutes to make, and a few hours to freeze. It's a healthy way to cool off your taste buds and get a serving of fruit!
You can reduce the sugar if your melon is super sweet or if you have a simple syrup use that instead of sugar. When frozen, scoop the granita out with a warm spoon, put in a pretty glass and sprinkle with fresh berries or lime zest, make a sno-cone for your kids or for a grown up version add a splash of Vodka or Seltzer, and sip away....
4 cups seedless watermelon chunks
1/2 cup sugar
Juice of 2 limes or about 1/4 to 1/2 cup
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Pour into a shallow, wide pan covering with a lid or saran wrap. At the two or three hour mark take it out of the freezer and scrape with a fork or large spoon. Repeat process two more times. Store covered in the freezer until your ready to scrape away the heat with something cool to eat.