Happiness Post #41: ig friends and fun pickles

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I’ve already mentioned how much I love instagram.

As a working mom with a small child I often am either too busy or simply too tired to get out much and instagram lets me be a part of a much wider community than I can physically join right now.  I’m @advntrsindinner , by the way.

I have met a bunch of the very nicest folks.  They’ve offered ideas, support and kind comments and are the favourite way for me to unwind.

One particularly wonderful gal is @cynmitch who after seeing my canning obsession mentioned her husband’s mom’s pumpkin pickles.

I remember my Gran making these too and I’ve not seen them anywhere. 

Reading online I wasn’t going to simply can pumpkin (totally unsafe) but pickling it was a great alternative.  Especially great considering I had a bunch of little pumpkins leftover from Hallowe’en and I just didn’t want to throw them out.

They got peeled, chopped into inch chunks and steamed until just soft.

While that was happening I made a pickling syrup out of sugar, vinegar, cardamon seeds and a cinnamon stick.  It’s brought to a boil and then turned off.

When cool you add your steamed pumpkin and let it all sit overnight.

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Sterilized jars and then a water bath for 20 minutes and you’ve got an awesome treat to eat with sharp cheddar on those long winter nights.

 


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Happiness Post #41: ig friends and fun pickles

Ingredients

  • 8 cups steamed pumpkin
  • 2 tsp cardamon
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 3 cups vinegar (I had a nice wine vinegar that I used but white vinegar would be lovely too)
  • 3 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. Bring sugar, vinegar and spices to a boil. Turn off and let cool. Add steamed pumpkin and let sit overnight. Place in sterilized jars (I used 8x250 ml ones) and process in a water bath for 20 minutes. Great right from the start but in a month these should be totally banging.
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Comments

  1. Well I have never heard of pumpkin pickles!! They look like they would be really good too – thanks!

  2. Pumpkin pickles?!?!? I bet they’re good.

    I’m not on Instagram, and I’m thinking about deleting my FB account. I can barely keep up with my blog/other bloggers and Pinterest!

    FB gets on my very last nerve.

    Cute post, and it’s neat when you connect with someone through social media. I’m trying not to be negative about Instagram and FB it’s just a time issue with me.

    • Totally agree! Social media is a huge time suck.To be honest I don’t really do much with fb. Instagram has become my relaxation-otherwise I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole.

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