I've always liked cucumbers. They add fantastic fresh flavor to my Tzatziki on some creamy-crunchy Black-Eyed Pea Falafel. A few slices of cucumber and a squeeze of lemon juice transforms ordinary water into sippable spa heaven. Sushi isn't really sushi without some cucumber strips inside. But lately I can't get enough crispy cukes. I'm totally intrigued by Joy the Baker's Cucumber Gin Salt and Pepper Cups. I keep dreaming of cucumber salads and cucumber with red onion and cucumber with radishes and it's getting weird.
Here's hoping some homemade pickles cure this strange craving.
Homemade pickles are crazy simple to make and their flavor is unmatched by grocery store brands. Kirby cucumbers are classic for pickling, but Persian cucumbers also work well. I used mini snacking cucumbers and they were excellent. No matter what type you choose, just make sure they are firm and unwrinkled - fresh cucumbers will make crisper pickles.