I am very elated about my cucumber glut this year. I don't know whether it is the current conditions this year or the improvements we made to the soil, but I have two vines producing prolifically.
I am eating them like apples and my boss has been getting cucumber raita for afternoon tea. The link will take you to a recipe that is close to the one I make but I don't grate my cucumber and I like to use garam masala.
A recent post about Fermented Pickles on Eight Acres is a good step through guide with pictures and a link for a recipe.
I used the recipe from Oded Schwartz's book "Preserving" which was very similar but I like the idea of blanching the cucumbers for a minute to preserve colour and kill off any bacteria as I have grown them trailing all over the soil rather than trellised.
Unfortunately the dogs excavated my precious dill and I had to purchase some, but otherwise it is very satisfying to be able to supply all the ingredients from one's garden and all things being in season.
And now we weight and wait.....
Do yourself a favour and even if you are not pickling, get a bunch of dill and crush it and inhale for a heavenly fragrant summer crush.