Last week I made pickles. I have done this before. I have even used the recipe I used before. This time they didn’t turn out well. The cucumbers were sliced too thin. The acid too high for the thinness. I was being lazy in using the crock method. I didn’t have jars or nearly the time to pickle properly. Yes, something I should have considered before buying the box of pickling cucumbers but they were a good deal. Or were…until I messed them up. They lay in wait in the fridge while I consider whether there is something to rescue them, but I think not.
That doesn’t mean that Stocking Up, my not retro but 1990s preserving cookbook is not still my favorite. I just should have followed directions better.
Does anyone else not follow a recipe exactly and then realize later there was a reason it was done in such a way?