Anything can be pickled. It seems to me that many things were pickled to make use of vegetables that might go to waste. The large cucumbers that we often feed to the cows and pigs could be made into sweet crunchy rings. We did not do these, because sugar was at a high price, according to Grandmother. It was not worth the extra expense to make them. At that time we did not make jellies, either. We did the blackberries and sweetened them as we made pies. Relishes did not require as much sugar and it did not take many jars to last. Relishes added to dishes we ate on a daily basis. Dried beans were less boring when a spoon full of pepper relish or homemade tomato ketchup was added.
|Tabasco plant used to make|
the small jars pictured