How to be a successful Pickle Rancher

I am a Pickle Rancher!  Yup I wrangle these unruly pickles and corral them into jars.

To be a successful pickle rancher, you must have ripe, fresh dill pickles that are fresh and crunchy, any brand will do! You can use Pickle spears, or chips or sandwich slices.

First slowly open the jar, you don’t want the pickles to try to jump out and escape onto pasture.

Slowly add the dry ranch seasoning packets, just to let you know the pickles may laugh, this tickles them when you pour it into the jar.

Now securely put the lid back on, tighten it up, and prepare to shake , shake the jar.

The pickles like this, they think its great fun!

Let the jar of pickles sit in the fridge for 24 hours to really soak up the flavor.

When you take them out prepare yourself to be ready to eat and enjoy the most amazing pickles ever!

Truly an enjoyable Pickle eating experience!

AboutLong Ears Farm

My passion for life is baking and creating in the kitchen.
From canning fresh produce and fruit each summer and fall with my grown children to
Flipping thru magazines and trying those impossible dishes.
However I always know that I can rely on the old family tried and true recipes.

I have written many cookbooks over the years, you can order them directly at, The cookbooks have reminded me that I always go back to finding my true self in the kitchen, when I am covered in flour, lost in baking or making the biggest mess ever in the kitchen.
Sometimes my kitchen looks like a tornado hit it! And I have a really small space lol.

Now that the kitchen and i have finally found our groove we are able to further the journey with sharing my recipes, thoughts, and kitchen wisdom with the world!
Gone are the days of rushing into the house after a long day at work, and trying to beat Betty Crocker at her own game , tirelessly trying to whip up a nutritious and delicious meal for the family, making it look effortless and taste good too!
Many a night was spent in my work coat cooking dinner, as I had not taken the time to take it off.
Straight to the kitchen , a glass of wine and my favorite casserole dish I went.
This is partly the product of being brought up on a salad, main entrée, with a ton of side dishes, and of course a home baked dessert!

However it was survival of the fittest for my kids as they grew up.
You had one chance to eat dinner, and if you chose to sit there and pout over the broccoli on your plate, many nights when dinner was over, you went hungry.
Ahhh those were the days, the days when parenting was free spirited and fun!

I hope you enjoy what I share with you, and if you ever find yourself looking for a little bit of those tried and true recipes feel free to check out my cookbook, there's something in them for everyone!

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