Little Bitty Cucumber Quest (BBB)


I’ve been on a little bitty cucumber quest since last year when we tried to grow some little bitty cucumbers so I could make some little bitty pickles. It’s all right to be little bitty…. (I like that song.) Anyway! So last year I had to go out of town unexpectedly and the cucumbers got too big while I was gone. You gotta harvest the little bitties when it’s time or you’re sunk. Or not totally sunk, but there goes your sweet little Gherkin pickle dream. And sweet little Gherkins are my favorites.

I’m trying again this year.

In case you love sweet little bitty baby pickles, too, I posted the recipe from the BBB here: Sweet Gherkin Pickles.

You have any thwarted canning dreams you’re trying to make come true in your garden this year?

Need a BBB to go along with your pickles (or whatever you’re dreaming of)?


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by CB in TN!

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (May 26). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (May 27). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn (or check the BBB Winners List).

Find out more about the Ball Blue Book Project and become a sponsor.

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UPDATE 05/27/11: The winning comment number, drawn by, is comment #30, Zusiqu. Email me at [email protected] with your full name and address for shipping!



  1. Richelle says:

    Yes, BBB please!

  2. Sheila Z says:

    If they get too big think hot dog relish. The recipe I use makes a sweet relish with a bit of kick using hot red peppers.

  3. Glenda says:

    I don’t need the BBB. I bought a new one last year.

    The link for the recipe isn’t working for me. I get a 404 error message.

  4. judydee says:

    I like to make pickles after the cucumbers are ripe, that is when they are yellow and look like little blimps. It is a long process involving multiple soakings and rinsings, but oh so good with vegetables! Please enter me for the BBB.

  5. collector1 says:

    Yum – pickles! BBB please — thanks :butterfly:

  6. aprilejoi says:

    I LOVE pickles! BBB! Thank you!

  7. cabighorse says:

    Oh the wonders and joys of preserving your own food. For me, I’d love a BBB

  8. rileighsmom1 says:

    BBB please and thank you!

  9. Kathy in FL says:

    I don’t really care for pickles, but love relish! BBB, please!

  10. Gem says:

    BBB for me, me, ME! (please.)

  11. kelly jo kirby says:

    Please pick me for the BBB. I think you are the BEST!

  12. justdeborah2002 says:

    My canning dreams from my garden were thwarted when the apartments where I live told me I couldn’t create a garden behind my unit…so I will have to just buy what I want to can this year. One day I will grow my own!
    Oh, and I would love to win a BBB, please.

  13. Rockyshore says:

    I’m gonna try again, BBB, please.

  14. alosyu says:

    Would love the BBB,please.

  15. prayingpup says:

    This year is my pickle dream year . . . . I planted and I hope to have LOTS of cucumbers . . . . BBB please!

  16. Coleen says:

    New to canning. Tried a few things last year. Would love BBB please!

  17. countrygirl221 says:

    BBB please :wave:

  18. patricialynn says:

    Pickles – that sounds good. I’m addicted to Milwaukee baby dills…so yummy…

    BBB please!

  19. dgkritch says:

    Passionate Pickle Person here!!

    BBB please!

  20. heidiannie says:

    I’d love to win the BBB. I found you can’t go out of town and keep up with a garden- unless you have dedicated pickers. My family are all dedicated pickers (and eaters!)

  21. momtoadiva says:

    I LOVE little bitty pickles!!! BBB please 🙂

  22. ashmmorgan2 says:

    I’m not a fan of sweet gherkins but they are my husband’s fav! He’ll be excited to try out this recipe, thanks! BBB please!

  23. ladybird_1959 says:

    My dream for my garden this year is just to have dry weather to get it planted. I work outside the home and haven’t had good weekends for planting. We were also out of town for a week on vacation, so that didn’t help, either. Ok, I’ll stop whining now and just ask for the BBB, please!!!

  24. azladychef says:

    BBB. Pickles could be fun…..
    Thanks Suzanne and CB!

  25. sparkles2307 says:

    BBB please! I’m growing 5 different kinds of cukes this year in search of the perfect pickle

  26. Ms.Becky says:

    I too love little bitty cukes for pickling. and I like bush cuke plants too, because I don’t have the space for the vines. pickling is my favorite canning activity. thanks to CB in TN for sponsoring the Blue Book giveaway! BBB!

  27. cabynfevr says:

    I would love a BBB but cucumbers/pickles won’t be on my list of to do’s! I’ve never liked them 🙁

  28. 5kathleen2 says:

    Would love BBB!

  29. dustymom says:

    BBB please – still trying to find a recipe for real dill pickle relish – we like the bread and butter pickles, but really, really use a LOT of dill relish!

  30. farmerlady2 says:

    BBB please. Thanks!

  31. Ramona Slocum says:

    BBB PLEASE! Aren’t the little cucs cute??? I wash mine in the washing machine. Does a good job and shortens the washing time.
    MN Mona

  32. whaledancer says:

    Suzanne, do you grow a special “little bitty” variety, or are they just ordinary pickling cukes picked young?

    @Ramona: Do you use the spin cycle?

  33. Dan12 says:


  34. cindyinohio says:

    I would love to win the BBB. Thanks!

  35. CrystalGB says:

    I have never made pickles. Would love to have the BBB.

  36. oddgirl says:

    BBB please, please, please. We’re putting in our first garden this year with lots of tomatoes. I need to know how to can those darn things! LOL.

  37. jkubemt1 says:

    Still trying to get my pickles to stay crisp. Hope to try again this year. BBB please

  38. tami says:

    I am trying to grow cucumbers. If I had BBB I could make pickles!!!! BBB please.

  39. Nobarnfarm says:

    Would love the BBB! Somehow I have planted 16 tomato plants and my daughter is threatening to flood the garden w/dozens of cuke plants leftover from her FFA sale!

  40. Rosemeri says:

    I love sweet gherkins too. Please BBB

  41. JerseyMom says:

    I made refrigerator garlic dills last year and they were yummy but have a kind of short shelf life. I’d like to try canning some this summer. BBB please!

  42. Nadeanne says:

    BBB Please!

  43. sourmilknightmares says:

    Garlic pickles are where it’s at! BBB, please!

  44. melonhead says:

    I’d like the BBB, please and thanks.

  45. morningstar says:

    Oooh Hubby’s favourite so BBB please.

  46. jecook says:

    I love canning, BBB me please

  47. langela says:

    BBB, please!

  48. cotswolds93 says:

    Please pick ME for the BBB!!!

  49. DebbieInMemphis says:

    I’m hoping for tons of cukes and tomatoes 🙂 BBB, please

  50. AmandaLeighB says:

    Yummy little pickles! I’d like the BBB, please.

  51. Vicki in So. CA says:

    I planted twice the cukes as last year. Pickles are in my plans. BBB please.

  52. mrsdmahogany says:

    Oh yes please! BBB all the way….. :shimmy:


  53. lavenderblue says:

    Dill pickle fans here! How many global buckets full of cucumber plants do you think I’d need to get enough to can pickles? I’d probably have to take over the neighbor’s yard as well as mine in order to grow enough. BBB, please.

  54. Almost Heaven, WV says:

    Bread and Butter pickles are my favorite! BBB please! :snoopy:

  55. kj says:

    I love pickles but can”t grow them for my life. They end up looking like a yellow softball. But I do can hot cherry peppers with celery, carrot and cauliflower. The hotness get into all the veggies. Would love to get the BBB!

  56. jeepdriver says:

    Ohhh…please sign me up for the canning book. I need help and raspberry time is almost here. I want jam this year!

  57. kristen says:

    Oh, BBB please to go along with my cucumber plants popping up.

    Thanks so much for a chance.

    Happy BBB day!

  58. farmershae says:

    I’d love the BBB and some little bitty’s!

    Thank you to CB!

  59. Sarah G says:

    BBB please! I’m excited about pickling this summer: asparagus (done), beets, cucumbers, and whatever else I can get my hands on.

  60. marymac says:

    I’m trying a new seed this year for cucumbers which you can use while they are small for pickles or if you let them get big they are still good for slicers, but the best part is they are supposed to be disease resistant to many diseases , hope they live up to their reputation. Please put me in for the BBB.

  61. Lana says:

    I am a major dill pickle addict…over the years I got my recipe just right and made my own that were, for me, perfect. I moved to the big city, lost the recipe, and haven’t done any canning for several years. BUT, I am ready to start again, so I need a BBB, please! Thank you for this website – love it!

  62. GaPeach says:

    BBB, please! Thanks!

  63. Ann says:

    BBB! Thank you!

  64. pdelainey says:

    I love making baby dill pickles.
    BBB please.

  65. hounddoggy says:

    BBB please. My mom used to can…but I haven’t yet. I think this year is the year.

  66. threadartist says:

    Suzanne, did your cucumbers stay crisp? I love pickles and tried making these last year (used a different recipe however), and I was very disappointed. They weren’t crunchy enough for me and they came out too salty. I would like to try again with your recipe but thought I would check with you. I worry about wasting cucumbers. I had to throw out last year’s batch.

  67. Willamette Valley Girl says:

    What cute little cukes!! BBB please! I’m a pickle-lovin’ girl!

  68. Bonnie S. says:

    BBB, please.

  69. Journey11 says:

    Gerkins are my favorite too! Given all the work of brining them, I’ve found it sensible to just go ahead and plant a bunch of vines so I can harvest them all over a couple days and get on with it. Seems to me I saw a cuke variety in a seed catalog that is supposed to stay relatively small, but I can’t remember the name of it…

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