HOW TO PRESERVE A HUSBAND... and other Pickles

Old fashioned. 
Easy to make and preserve. 
If you haven't already, I'd say it's time for you to put up some Sweet Dill Pickles. This was my first time so i don't claim to be an expert, but i make up for what i lack with enthusiasm. Canning can be intimidating but it really is so fun and easy to learn.

I can't say the same about Husbands. Easy. 
NO body said it was easy. 
If somebody does tell you that, check them because their pants are probably on fire.
Now that we're on the subject i realize that i have more experience preserving a husband then i do with pickles. So in my vast experience of a whole year and a half, i've come to realize some things are worth preserving. 
from food in jars

Husbands and pickles may seem like an unrelated conversation, so hopefully by now the photo above will tie it all together for you. For some reason it struck me funny... but there is truth mixed in! The idea may be a "relic from another time", but some things that are old-fashioned are still around for a reason. 
It's from a Ball Blue Book from 1974 that i found on a wonderful site called Food in Jars
I love that there is a blog dedicated to "the art of putting up"! 


 These pickles were made from a local cookbook that my Mother-in-law gave me, it's a great recipe to get started on. I'm learning you can pickle anything with vinegar and sugar and spices. 

yield: 7 pints
a dozen or so medium sized cucumbers
large onion
fresh dill sprigs
 Slice cucumbers and onions 1/4" thick. Pack into hot sterilized jars and top with 2 dill sprigs.

3 cups sugar
1 cup vinegar
3 cups water
2 T. salt
Combine in a saucepan, heat to boiling.
Pour over cucumbers leaving 1" head space.
Seal jars. Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.
Allow 2 weeks before opening for full flavor.

While i was writing this i was, unintentionally, listening to this interview with Tim and Kathy Keller.
            Their book "The Meaning of Marriage" is one of the best i've ever read on the subject of marriage in a Biblical context. 


  1. I've experienced your pickle of a husband. I can't wait to experience your other pickles.


    1. you so funny. he's been especially sweet and ornery lately - vinegar and sugar! ;) i made a paper chain to count down the days till you come. (just made that up but maybe i will go do that now)

  2. Delicious! The photos and text. Good stuff!

  3. LOVE THIS! From one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

  4. I just found your blog and from this post alone I have a feeling we're going to get along just fine!!


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