This weekend I spent some time by the stove working with surplus produce. I got 5lbs of little garden cucumbers from a colleague, so I made bread and butter pickles. This was my first time making cucumber pickles, although I have pickled beets a lot. I didn’t have any celery seed, but the pickles taste good and are crunchier than commercial ones.
I also picked some rowan berries to finally make rönnbär jelly as described by Per when I was in Sweden. The berries are tart and bitter as all-get out, with a LOT of pectin. I have not made jelly before and I heard it can be tricky to get it to gel properly, but no worries here. Bill Cosby could make jello jigglers out of this stuff.