The Basics: Kirby Cucumbers

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From The Garden

Kirby Cucumbers

Kirby cucumbers is a generic classification used to specifically refer to those vegetables ideal for pickling although it should be noted that not all cucumbers that are good candidates for this particular cooking technique fall specifically into this category. Kirby cucumbers are considered to be smaller & more firm in texture than the standard measuring less than approximately 6-inches in length. The smaller nature of them coupled with a seed cavity that hasn’t matured, makes these cucumbers the ideal style to use when canning as they produce crisper jars of pickles. Choosing the freshest cucumbers is an important part of ensuring safety when canning recipes for later consumption. Learn how to pick or purchase kirby cucumbers when home food preservation is desired. 

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How To Select & Trim Cucumbers For Canning

If you are growing your own pickling cucumbers, it is recommended to process the vegetables 24 hours after harvesting. If you are not, you’ll need to purchase them from farm stands & local markets or have a resource that can assure you wax was not applied to the outer surface of the vegetables. Many times, the cucumbers will already be presorted in baskets filled with anywhere from 3 to 7 pounds of produce but that doesn’t mean you just simply grab one & go. Inspect them & be certain the bumpy, outer surface is firm & not wrinkled or that discoloration has taken place, particularly on the ends. Ask the vendor if you may exchange a few. They should also be able to tell you when the cucumbers where harvested as well. Look for those measuring approximately 4-inches in size to ensure a more crisp pickle once processed & cured plus the smaller cucumbers will fit into jars more easily. Once home, if there do happen to be any less than desirable vegetables in the mix, separate them from the lot. Chill the cucumbers directly in the bag used to bring them home in leaving the top portion open. Place a paper towel in it to absorb condensation from the variation in temperature. Store them until ready to prepare the cucumbers according to specific recipe instructions, within approximately 24 hours. 

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The Technique

 Cucumbers must be cleaned & prepped properly when canning them for jars of irresistible Classic Bread & Butter Pickles & other favorite varieties. In particular, a small portion of the  blossom end of the cucumber must be removed in order to ensure a crisp batch. The blossom end contains an enzyme that will make the pickles soft if left intact.

Wash & gently scrub the cucumbers under cool tap water to remove any excessive dirt. Place a damp kitchen towel under a clean cutting board. This will keep the board stable & prevent it from moving when in use. Place a cucumber on the board & cut away a small portion of the blossom end with a sharp paring knife. If you are uncertain which side that may be, simply cut both ends & be sure to discard them. Once this task has been addressed, the cucumbers may be prepped according to specific recipe instructions.

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