I really like pickles. Especially garlic pickles...you know the refrigerated kind? They're a great snack when you need something salty. Instead of grabbing some crackers or chips, eating a pickle is a tasty way to eat a vegetable instead.
I think I was reading a Martha Stewart magazine when I found a recipe in there for homemade pickles. I was so excited because I had a bunch of cucumbers in my garden I didn't know what to do with. So I harvested some cucumbers and made them. They were OK. Here's a link to the recipe:
Then I had an idea for a faster and better way to make pickles.
Step 1: Buy a jar of refrigerated garlic pickles
Step 2: Eat all of them. Save the jar with the leftover brine in the fridge.
Step 3: Buy some cucumbers, cut them into spears.
Step 4: Put them in a bowl and sprinkle them with rock salt. Let sit for about 20 minutes (the salt draws out a lot of the water in the pickles).
Step 5: Rinse all the saltiness off with water, let the spears drain on a paper towel.
Step 6: Put cucumber spears in your jar of brine you had from before. Marinate in fridge for 24 hours.
Voila! Pickles. And you just cut your cost by more than half.
courtesy of: http://whatsfordinnerguide.blogspot.com/2011/02/homemade-pickles.html