My youngest son was intrigued by the idea that pickles start out as cucumbers. When we saw pickling cucumbers at our local green market last week, we decided to try our hand at making our own pickles.
I had saved an article about refrigerator pickles from Family Fun magazine a while ago, so that's where we got our recipe. My kids were somewhat surprised to hear of all the things that can be pickled, especially eggs. ;P I'm glad to say I know what a "brine" is now. It was so easy and fun, and the results were delicious. They're a little on the sweet side, but I'm sure you can tweak the recipe to your personal taste. Maybe we're ready to take on canning next.