Friday, July 30, 2010


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Canning seems like  IS a lot of work.  I was given about 10 yellow summer squash the other day.  I knew I couldn't use them all at once.  I was blog surfing the other day and saw that someone else made pickleld squash.  "Interesting!" says I.  I guess you can pickle just about anything.  I gave it a try today.

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Pickled Squash

1/4 c. salt
2 1/2 pounds yellow squash (or yellow squash and zucchini) sliced into rounds
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
2 small onions, sliced into thin slices
2 1/4 c. white sugar
2 c. distilled vinegar  ( I used apple cider vinegar as I saw on other recipes)
1 1/2 T. pickling spice
generous pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

In a large, non aluminum pot, comine the squash, bell pepper, onions.  Cover with salt, let stand 2 hours stirring occasionally.

Just before 2 hours time is up, combine the sugar, vinegar, spices in sauce pan.  Bring to boil.  Drain well the liquid from the vegetables.  Pour the spice brine over the vegetables.  Let stand another 2 hours.  Boil vegetables again.  Let simmer about 5 minutes.  Ladle vegetables into pint size, sterile jars, filling with liquid to within 1/4 inch of rim of jar.  Wipe rims with clean cloth.  Seal with lids and rings.  Process in boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.   Remove let stand 24 hours before storing in cool dry place.   Any jars that do not seal should be stored in refridgerator no longer than two weeks.

*I'll have to let you know how these pickled squash turn out.  My house sure smells heavenly.  I love pickles!

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  1. I hope they turn out well, there's always an overabundance of squash around here and this sounds like a good recipe!

  2. Wow looks great! I have never canned, too much work for me! lol

  3. Canning is a lot of work but the yummy rewards make it worth the effort!  Do let us know how you like the squash!  Might give your recipe a try.  ;)

  4. looks good - I've never heard of pickling squash. Your jars look really pretty

  5. Yum! The jars do look really pretty! I am the only one in my house that will eat yellow squash and I usually just fry it. I love is one of those activities that just feels homey to me :)

  6. A friend of mine makes these pickles.  They are pretty good in my opinion.  Looks good!

  7. @CristiKit - Our favorite way to eat the squash is to grill it on the barbecue with a bit of olive oil and Mrs. Dash.  I also love it baked with olive oil, garlic, Mrs. Dash and grated Parmesan cheese.

  8. @betheelou - That sounds delicious too! I should make it that way for my crew and see if they will like it. They don't turn hateful about the stuff I make, they just let me know they prefer not to eat certain things, but they will eat it if that is what is made. Blessedly, neither of my kids were the gag and refuse to eat it type.

  9. Hope you enjoy the pickled squash. I think I might just give that a try...looks so good!

  10. I love canning!!  It is so rewarding to eat something you canned for your family.  Let us know how they taste

  11. Thank you for the recipe! I would love to learn how to can. I would love to be able to make jam and jellies and all those wonderful things!