May 3, 2010

Pickle me this?

photo by Randy Mayor
Pickles have always been one of my favorite foods. As a kid I used to eat a snack of pickles dipped in mustard. I am equally fond of dill and sweet pickles, spears and chips, all variety, shape and size. Last night I was going through some old recipes with my Me-me (a Me-me is a southern grandmother by the way) and we found my great grandma's 14-day Pickle recipe in which the cucumbers are soaked for 2 weeks in a huge crock jar. One part of the recipe specifies adding enough salt to float an egg, which I thought was pretty funny. Then my Me-me told me a bizarre story that I felt I must share.

Apparently when she was a girl, her mom was making pickles and asked her to help. She believes that something in her body's chemical make-up caused the pickles to get mushy and soft and therefore, she was not allowed to help make pickles anymore. She said that there are certain people who cannot pickle because of this body chemical or mineral. I have combed the internet for any type of information having to do with this and am just baffled. While we were talking about this, someone else added that there are also certain people who aren't able to can tomatoes for the same reason. I'm still googling furiously to get to the bottom of this, but in the meantime...has anyone else ever heard of this? I would be very interested in hearing y'all's theories.

11 comments:

  1. Dang. I have never heard of this. Not that I've ever tried pickling or canning, but someday I want to. I hope I am not one of these people who can't do it!

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  2. I haven't heard of anything like this either.... but i just had to mention that when living in SC i found the best shot in the history of the south girl!!! Crown Royal and Pickle juice.... Y'all have to try it!!

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  3. I feel like I have heard something like that before!! So strange!!! I have never tried to make pickles before but I need to!!! Sounds like fun! :)

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  4. I have never heard of this either...but I have to tell you my dear friend...that I ...myself...would rather eat a plat of dirt than any one pickle in the world! That is the one food that sends me screaming every time! I can't even get them out of the jar for my boys! YUCK! I wish they didn't like them! LOL Hope you have a fabulous Monday and that you find your answer!!!

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  5. I have to add to this wonderful post the joys of pickled okra. I'm a fan of all pickles, but okra has a special place in my heart, as it is one of my top pregnancy cravings with both daughters. First of all, the okra is always pickled whole, which means when you bite into one, the delicious pickle brine bursts into your mouth. After literally drinking the rest of the juice inside the okra, you get to enjoy the okra seeds. I've never tasted caviar, but I imagine the texture is similar (although the taste can't be any better). Picked okra make a beautiful addition to a pickle tray as well, arranged artfully with traditional pickle spears and sweet baby gherkins. I think I'm going to rush out and buy some right now!

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  6. I've never heard of this but those pickles look yummy. I'm here from Southern Mamas. You might want to check out my take on the "origin" of the phrase "Slap you Grandma" (never slap your Me-me!)

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  7. I lack a theory. However, I find this to be pretty darn hilarious!! Please keep us posted!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  8. OK, this is too weird. Just a couple of days ago I just saw a preview for the Real Housewives of NJ and there is an episode where they're making their red sauce for the year and they ask one of the girls sister-in-laws if Aunt Flo & Uncle Cramp were visiting because the Italians believe if a woman's friend is in town and she helps with the sauce, it will ruin it. And my mom used to take a gallon jar of dill slices, add a 5lb bag of sugar and a bottle of Tabasco sauce and set it on the counter for 2 weeks, turning it over every day. They're called Fire & Ice and are sooooooo good!

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  9. Kate thanks for stopping by my blog! Your Mom sounds like an incredible woman!

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  10. always believe the southern lore it is usually 100% correct!!!!

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  11. Kate, I've never heard of the mushy pickle theory, but I never discount any of those old wives' tales. When Billy was a baby, he had his days and nights mixed up so Granny Sliger told us to hold him over his bed in the middle of the night and turn him end over end 3 times and lay him back down and that would straighten him out. Out of exhausted desperation and few night later we laughingly tried it and he slept through the night from that night on. Go Figure!!

    Mrs. Beth

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Lay it on me y'all!