You might have guessed that nothing really went on for the rest of the week, including being inspired to write more pickle prose and poetry to help the time pass. As we left off on day 4, the pickles were just chillin’ in their brine all week. The instructions said to skim off any scum that formed on top but that never happened so I can’t show you what it might look like.
Today was the 8th day and the day to drain them and cover them in boiling water. I could tell it was going to take a lot less water to cover them since their sap had been drawn out. I estimated that it would take about 1 gallon of boiling water to cover them and I was correct.
Just to review from day 1, I had covered them in 2 gallons of brine. Today I poured off a total of 3 gallons of liquid. The cucumbers gave off a gallon of their own juices into the brine in exchange for becoming pickles. Check out Day 9 to see what they did over night!