CSA week 11: squash and cukes

CSA week 11 2020 0722

CSA week 11 2020: heavy on the vine crops like squash and cucumbers. This is great news, since I want to do some pickling. Starting next week, we’re moving to Friday distributions, by the way.

Making pickles is easy! In the simplest variation I know, I pack sliced cucumbers and some dill seed (or maybe a dill flower) into a large Mason jar, then sprinkle in some salt and add vinegar. Cover, shake, and store in the fridge: Wait a day or two, and BOOM, you have pickles. I’ll give you the link below; I follow the recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

Be careful, by the way: refrigerator pickles are fantastic if you have room for a quart jar (or two) to hang out in your refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. If you’re short on fridge space, you might want to put pickles up in jars with a boiling water process.

CSA week 11 2020 0722CSA week 11 veggies:

  • a large bag of young mixed lettuce (soooo good!)
  • 2 ‘8-ball’ round zucchini
  • 1 yellow summer squash
  • a very nubbly summer squash
  • a pint of cucumbers
  • radishes

I’m planning a salad Niçoise soon, since I need to use up last week’s green beans. I’m going to be doing some canning – for my part, maybe some relish from the summer squash? And some baking – definitely zucchini bread. What will you do with your veggies this week?

zucchini and/or yellow summer squash

cucumbers

 

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I’m Maurita Plouff, and I write about cooking and preserving the local harvest in Southeast Michigan. Any recipe you find here is something I have cooked myself, and enjoyed, and think you might like too. I invite you to try the recipes, and leave comments.

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