Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Rampicante Squash Pickles

I heard about rampicante squash last year on a podcast.  It's an unusual Italian squash in that it can be a summer squash, similar to zucchini (only more creamy and less watery) or it can be left in the garden to cure and become a winter squash.  I planted them this year and instantly became a huge fan.  I just love these squash!  The plants have been doing so well I decided to make dill pickles.  I usually try to get about 10 pounds to make pickles.
I used a pickle mix this time which made it easy.  After they cured for 24 hours, we ended up with 18 pints of pickles!
I thought to myself, this is a crazy number of pickles.  Too much.  But then that day for lunch the boys went wild for these pickles and ate an entire jar in one setting.  At that rate?  Shoot, maybe I should make a couple more batches!

Readers, do you like pickles?

22 comments:

Mildred said...

I have not heard of these squash. They are very nice looking and that's great that you had a good crop and canned so many jars of pickles. I remember my niece having friends over for a spend the night party. At 2 in the morning, I awoke to them clanging their fork in a pickle jar trying to stab the last pickle! lol

Tom said...

there's no such things as too many pickles.

Vera said...

I have never made pickles, but reading your post has given me the idea that perhaps I ought to have a go. And that squash! now that is an interesting one to have in the veg plot!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

They are good breaded and pan fried as well. The squash bugs might not bother them as much if they are related to winter squash.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I love sweet pickles and bread and butter pickles. I didn't know you could make pickles from squash. How do they taste differently from cucumber pickles?

Karen S. said...

Mighty fine job! and so delicious too!

Ginny Hartzler said...

I agree, you need to make more! And you can eat them all winter. They must be just delicious! I have never heard of such a squash! You find the most interesting and unusual things!

Betsy Adams said...

Love love love pickles... We have a big container of dills and a big container of bread and butter pickles in our fridge right now.

I've never heard of that kind of squash--but it sounds good.... You do have a lot of pickles ---BUT if those big boys eat a jar-full a day (or so), they won't last too long... ha

Hugs,
Betsy

mail4rosey said...

Awesome that they were such a huge hit for the boys!

Angie said...

those squash look amazing and so do your pickles... i love pickles!

Out on the prairie said...

An unusual vegetable, you do go through a lot of pickles.I like to use them as gifts.

Lin said...

Yes! Please send me some. ;)

camp and cottage living said...

Lisa, are you saying that you made the pickles from the squash?
I love any kind of squash, but the season is too short here for growing any. Dried these look like they would make perfect birdhouses.

Linda said...

They look very cool!

Endah Murniyati said...

Your squashes are so cute!

Sally said...

I've never heard of those, but glad you were able to make the pickles. Yes, I'd say you need to make more, Lisa. Great job! :)

xoxo

Harry Flashman said...

I do like pickles. I planted squash this year and got nary a one.

Lisa, I know you run by yourself a lot. I know you don't watch the news. Be really careful. There has been a whole rash of women out running being killed this week.

Sharon Wagner said...

Pickles. What a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies.

A Quiet Corner said...

We used to make pickles...however, with the sodium thing, not so much anymore...:(JP

alissa apel said...

I haven't heard of these. My boys love pickles!

indah nuria Savitri said...

I love pickles! But we usually have cucumber, onion and carrots only. Never try this kind of squash before..

Tweedles -- that's me said...

wow,, very cool
love
tweedles