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"I am reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. This the author of Tuesdays with Morrie. It is the story of Eddie -- old and grizzled, a handy worker at an amusement park. He is killed on his 83rd birthday One by one his life after death is full of people he meets who illuminate the connection to heaven of his earthy life. This book is small but has a lot of food for thought and has humor besides." --Bubby
Well, first, I don't like how you changed the spelling of Bubbi, but as you are my new surrogate grandmother, that will be okay.
Okay, I need a good kosher dill pickle recipe. Just to make, nothing more or less. Or maybe to pickle tomatoes, as I do like pickled tomatoes. Or, you can send me a jar. That also works.
Also, as my new surrogate Bubbi, since mine passed away a few years ago, you have been a little remiss in sending out birthday gifts. I expect to see some checks this October to make up for lost time. We can write off Hanukkah, since, well, I never liked latkes anyway.
your new genius grandson
Hi New Grandson,
Firstly, I was always Bubby - the spelling was an error from someone else.
As for the recipe for pickling pickles, I do remember helping my Mother do it and I was always there to help in my little way. First you must have a nice big crock and a cool spot where you can mix it and let it stew in the brine. Buy small pickles - now called kirbeys. In the town where I lived we called them penny pickles because they looked like little cucumbers and cost a penny each.
Choose pickles that are not quite ripe or they will come out mushy. Vinegar should contain no more than 5% acid. White vinegar is better to use than brown. You can use Cider vinegar to give the pickles a fruity flavor. Salt should be pure - not table salt - so that the liquid will be light. Use whole spices and tie them in a square of clean muslin. Use granulated sugar to have a light liquid.
Of course the amounts should be decided on depending on the size of the crock. Pack everything together all very tightly and cover the crock. If you have a lid to the crock you can weigh it down with a nice big stone and store in a cool dark cellar - if you have one. If you want to hurry the procedure along, you could boil the pickles first before starting with the above procedure.
Or better yet, you can go the supermarket or closest Deli and buy your pickles and enjoy them and save all this work -- after all this is 2004.
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