From Poetry to Pickles : The Reflections and Original Recipes of the Pickle Queen

From Poetry to Pickles The first day I picked up this book, I read it all in one sitting.  From the opening letter by the Pickle Queen herself, through her reflections on family and farm life, and the mouth watering recipes in between, right down to the Conclusion, Shirley Stimpert shares her blessings and incredible canning recipes with us.

She shares her journey from nationally published writer and poetry prizewinner to Pickle Queen.  The fast, fun, fulfilling, and frantic experiences that blessed her to be able to retire to her beautiful family farm, where they live off of the land with a passion and a simplicity rarely experienced in this age.

She tells of the success of her canning company and the popularity of her products that sold in all fifty states and overseas.  Herrod's of London, Pier 1 Imports, Bloomingdale's, Cracker Barrels, Dean & Deluca, Harry & David, Silver Dollar City, Dollywood, QVC and more, bought up her pickles faster than she could can them.  She, also, explains how The Wall Street Journal came to dub her,  "The Pickle Queen."

As for the recipes, this book is for folks that already know the home canning process.  Shirley lines out how much we need for brines, sirups, spice bags and what produce to use.

For those of us just learning, not all the recipes in this book say how many quarts or pints the recipes will make.  That's a little frustrating.  I would like to know how many jars to prepare.  Occasionally, a recipe doesn't even mention how much produce to use.  It only tells how to make the brine.  But I'm still not discouraged away from using the book.  The recipes, regardless of my level of expertise, sound incredibly delicious and I want to make them anyway.  I will look to my trusty Ball Blue Book for more details on brine to produce ratios and keep exploring with the Pickle Queen.

One last tidbit, Shirley includes family recipes that call for the pickled recipes. For instance, after telling us how to make her Honey-D-Green Tomatoes, she goes on to show us how to use them in the Honeyed Swiss Chicken recipe.

Recipes you'll learn to make:

  • Asparagus Nubbins
  • Pickled Brussel sprouts
  • Celestial Cherries
  • Perky Pineapple
  • Pickles Okra
  • Peck of Pickled Peppers
  • Perky Peppered Pork
  • Ravishing Red Peppers
  • Sweet Corn Relish
  • Pickled Garlic
  • Racy Raspberries
  • Blueberry Bash
  • Olives & Eve
  • Sweet Pickled Relish
  • Pickles Carrots
  • and on and on and on...

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From Poetry to Pickles : The Reflections and Original Recipes of the Pickle Queen