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Phyllis' Fixin's

I thought with all the garden stuff coming, I'd come up with some ideas to use some of the pickles, peppers and corn. I've actually gotten 3 cucumbers out of a container plant and my Sweet 100 tomatoes are really coming.

Summertime Sweet Pickles

1 C. cider vinegar

1/8 C. salt

1 C. sugar

1/4 tsp. ground turmeric

1/2 tsp. mustard seed

2 lbs. cucumbers

2 sweet onions

In a small saucepan, at medium-high heat, combine the vinegar, salt, sugar, turmeric and mustard seed. Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, slice cucumbers and onion. Loosely pack the vegetables in a 1-quart canning jar or other similarly sized container. Pour hot liquid over the vegetables in the container. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Keep refrigerated.

Homemade Refrigerator


1 C. white vinegar

1 T. salt

2 C. sugar

6 C. sliced cucumbers

1 C. sliced onions

1 C. sliced green bell peppers

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, bring vinegar, salt and sugar to a boil. Boil until the sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Place the cucumbers, onions and peppers in a large bowl. Pour the vinegar mixture over the vegetables. Transfer to sterile containers; store in the refrigerator.

The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you're doing, someone else does!

Microwave Pickles

2 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced

4 small onions, thinly sliced

1 1/2 C. sugar

1 C. vinegar

2 tsps. salt

1 tsp. celery seed

1 tsp. mustard seed

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine all the ingredients. Microwave uncovered, on high, for 4 minutes; stir. Cook 3-4 minutes longer or until mixture is bubbly and cucumbers and onions are crisp-tender. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve with slotted spoon.

Old-Fashioned Corn Relish

2 C. fresh or frozen corn

2 C. chopped onions

2 C. chopped tomatoes

2 C. chopped, seeded cucumber

1 lge. green pepper, chopped

1 C. sugar

1 C. cider vinegar

1 1/2 tsps. celery seed

1 1/2 tsps. mustard seed

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. turmeric

In a large saucepan, combine all the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes or until thickened. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Speaking of corny, "In what aisle could I find the Polish sausage?" The clerk looks at him and says, "Are you Polish?" The guy, clearly offended, thinking racism, says, "Well, yes I am. But let me ask you something. If I had asked for Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian? Or if I had asked for German bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German? Or if I asked for a kosher hot dog, would you ask me if I was Jewish? Or if I had asked for a taco, would you ask if I was Mexican? If I asked for some Irish whiskey, would you ask if I was Irish?"

The clerk says, "Well, no, I probably wouldn't."

With deep self- righteous indignation, the guy says, "Well, then, why did you ask if I'm Polish because I asked for Polish sausage?"

The clerk replied, "Because you're in Home Depot!"

See you at the fair!