Monday, May 18, 2009

Olive Oil Pickles?

And gathered here, lest they should go to waste
Some things you find, delightful to the taste.

For some reason, I just can't stop thinking about the simple batch of Holy Oil Maryann whipped up over @ Find La Dolce Vita. It got me to thinking. The recipe stirred a memory I have about Olive Oil Pickles. What! You never heard of Olive Oil Pickles? First, let me tell you, not only are they heavenly, they also freeze quite well. I found out about the useful freezing tip by shear accident but, that is a story for another day. Thankfully, I did find a link which also includes a recipe for Olive Oil Pickles and how to freeze them, just in case you too are curious. Yes, I know it's way to early to be thinking about preserving summer's bounty but, I missed Pickle Week this year and you don't want to wait until you're in a pickle to try this recipe. Yes, it's a wee bit outdated but hey, somethings just never go out of favor. I think Maryann's Holy Oil will adapt quite well with this recipe and bring it into the 21st Century!!!

Olive Oil Pickles
One dozen small cucumbers peeled and sliced, 1/2 doz small onions sliced, scant half cup salt sprinkled over them. Let stand 2 hours, then drain. Turn over them 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 pint vinegar, 1 teaspoon celery seed, 1/2 cup mustard seed.
Mrs. H.S. Mowry (Thimble Club Cook Book undated (inscribed date 1911)

Olive Oil Pickles
Cover four quarts sliced cucumbers with boiling hot water and when cold drain and cover with a weak brine. Let stand over night. In the morning drain. Then add one-half teaspoon each of cloves, allspice and celery seed, two teaspoons cinnamon, one-half cup Larkin Olive Oil, one-half cup sugar, one-half cup mustard seed, one dozen onions and cold vinegar enough to cover thoroughly. Mix well and can.
Mrs. Chris. Christensen, Garner, Iowa. (Larkin Housewives' Cook Book)

"See" you all when I return. Have FUN!!!!

1. Olive Oil Pickles using Saccharine