Harvest Monday

Its here! The first tomato! WOOT!!!! And of course we got more peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini. It is time to make zucchini bread for the freezer and more pickles. OH! That reminds me, I wanted to post my recipe for dill pickles. So here it is! This recipe came to me via google and this lovely blog, Wood Ridge.

Crispy Dill Pickles
  • Cucumbers (see above description)
  • 12 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 heads fresh dill
  • 2 hot red peppers or 1 t. crushed hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup pickling salt
Prepare canning jars and lids (wash, then sterilize).
Chill the cucumbers in a refrigerator overnight if possible. Remove when you are ready to begin cold-packing the cucumbers in the jars.
Wash the cucumbers to remove any debris or garden soil. Leave the small ones whole; with larger cucumbers, cut in chunks, spears, or slices. Pack the chilled cucumbers into 4 sterilized pint jars. To each pint, add 3 whole, peeled cloves of garlic, 1 head dill, and 1/2 hot red pepper (or 1/4 t. pepper flakes).
Make the brine:  Mix the vinegar, water, and pickling salt in a stainless steel saucepan and heat to the boiling point. Pour hot brine over the cucumbers in the jars. Seal and place in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes, marking the time as soon as you put the jars in. If you leave the jars in the boiling water bath longer, they will get soft.
Store processed pickles for several weeks before using.
Makes 4 pints.

So Back to Harvest Monday! I didn't take a picture of the zukes (2 lb 11 oz), peppers (18 oz) and cukes (4 lb 12 oz), because, well, we all know what they look like at this point.
Carflex cabbages from Johnny Seeds, weighing a total of 8 lb 11 oz
Day 4 of previous cabbage becoming sauerkraut
The first tomato! Amish Paste - 6 oz

Annual Total: 57 lb 6 oz
Eggs: 0

Thank You Daphne over at Daphne's Dandelions for hosting Harvest Monday!


  1. Congrats on your first tomato! It's a good size, too!!! Happy harvesting!

  2. Hurrah for the first ripe full size tomato of the season! Always a celebration at our place to have the first one. You got a nice bunch of cabbages this week too.

  3. That cabbage looks great! Will have to try your pickle recipe.

  4. Yay for the first tomato of the season! I got my first tomato of the season this week too, but it was a small one, not sure of the variety...

  5. The first tomato of the season is always a cause for celebration, congrats!

  6. That's a whooper! I've had 2 lemon tomatoes so far, almost ready on the reds...

  7. Your Amish Paste looks fantastic! We planted those this year as well, but ours aren't very close to being ripe. Maybe another couple of weeks. Sigh.

  8. Congrats on the first tomato! And your cabbage looks pretty durn good.

  9. Got to love that first tomato!! Thanks for the pickle recipe. We are hoping for enough cucumbers this year to do some pickles so I appreciate the recipe!

  10. Home made sauerkraut is amazing isn't it?

  11. Nice tomato, I just planted my tomato seeds ready for spring planting. I hope my armish paste look as good as yours.

  12. Great looking tomato and cabbage. My Amish paste are small and green while the Black from Tula and the Italian Heirloom have already given some fruit.

  13. My Honey would be jealous of your kraut. (I won't tell him so he won't know though!) Your tomato looks yummy and nice sized for a paste. :-)