I’ve got a friend who can do anything in the world. Lately, she’s been putting up pickles that take 14 days to make! She learned how to make pickles from her mother who learned from her mother. They are done the old fashioned way, like canning was done before refrigeration. I admire my friend for a number of reasons. She has a beautiful garden – the kind that produces enough vegetables to put up for a year or two and still share with neighbors and friends. She has a home full of well-read books and artwork she has painted herself. She’s active in the DAR and has collected volumes of history on her family’s genealogy – she’s even done research for us on the Keirn family. Riding down the road while her husband Sonny drives, she shells peas and butter beans. She’s a real-life Proverbs 31 woman. I love her like she’s my own family and I hope I learn, not just how to make pickles that take 14 days, but how to be a good hostess, how to love friends like family and how to love life every day like it could be my last. Here’s JoAnn Duke’s 14-day pickle recipe. I will pass along what I believe is the recipe for living life like she does too, but look up Proverbs 31 in your own Bible and read for yourself.
Step 1 – Grow your own cucumbers (and piles of them!)
Step 2 – Soak whole for a week in Brine (salt water) in a large churn
Step 3 – Slice and soak in Alum (found in spice sections) for two days
Step 4 – Soak 1 day in red vinegar
Step 5 – Drain (don’t wash) and layer pickles, cheesecloth balls of spices and sugar for several days.
When 14 days are up, put them in jars and share with friends!
10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.