Extending and preserving the harvest is the goal of every gardener. But, to have a preserved pickle, a Cucumber inside of a bottle, decades later is truly amazing. How was this done, you ask!? Indeed, it is not difficult…. read on.
Here is the story:
I RECENTLY MOVED INTO MY DECEASED DAD’S HOME (WHERE I WAS BORN AND RAISED)….AS MY WIFE WAS GOING THRU HIS THINGS HE HAD STILL IN THE HOUSE…SHE FOUND A AN OLD ORNAMENTAL BOTTLE WITH SOMETHING INSIDE….A PICKLE!!!…..WHAT IT WAS TO MY SURPRISE WAS A PICKLE…OR SHOULD I SAY A CUCUMBER IN A BOTTLE!!!….WHEN I WAS AROUND 10 YRS. OLD (I AM NOW 51!!!)….I PUT A YOUNG CUCUMBER IN THE BOTTLE WITH A SMALL OPENING AT THE TOP….AND LET IT GROW INSIDE TO A LARGE SIZE…. WHEN IT HAD GROWN TO A FULL SIZE, I PICKED THE CUCUMBER AND PRESERVED IT WITH VINEGAR….IT MADE A QUITE A CONVERSATION PIECE FOR MOST OF MY TEENS, AND WAS FORGOTTEN BY ME UNTIL NOW!!!…
HAPPY TRAILS, JERRY WOLFE, PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS
Actually, it is very easy to put a large cucumber in a bottle with a small neck. Simply grow the fruit in the bottle from a small size.
First, select a bottle with a sealable lid. A decorative bottle will look the best. Second, select a cucumber that is growing on the vine. Carefully, cut the vine just past the cucumber. Then, put the tiny baby cucumber into the bottle. Next, place a towel over the bottle, as the sun can heat the inside of the bottle to a very high level and kill the baby fruit. let it grow.
After the cucumber has grown to the desired size, snip off the vine. Finally, preserve it, by filling the jar with vinegar and sealing the jar.