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THE KALONA NEWS, AUGUST 29, 2013 NEWS PSGE 11A Refz'igerator pickles recipe, and a pickle memory Have you ever made your own pickles? This year was my first time. Lately cucumbers keep arriving each week in our CSA (commu- Everyone Eats nity-supported Right agriculture) de- By [llecn Beran livery I usually keep a jar of pickles on hand anyway to put in tuna or chicken salad or home- made tartar sauce, so pickling seemed like the best way to keep them from going to waste. Now for my personal pickle story: When I was eight months pregnant with our son (born thir- ty years ago this year), I noticed a jar of Claussen refrigerator pick- les toward the back of our refrig- erator. I ate one, then another, and before I knew it the jar was empty Claussen pickles are very, very good, but because of my condition these were the best pickles I ever did, or probably ever will, eat. My first attempt at refrigerator pickles didn't taste quite as good as those Claussens, but they are tangy, balanced in flavor and nice- ly crunchy. Also included here is the pickling spice mix I used, but you can use any purchased pick- ling spice mix or combination of your choosing. I used part regular white vin- egar and part white balsamic vin- egar. The balsamic vinegar adds a little more sweetness than you'd get from regular vinegar. Find white balsamic at Bread Garden Market in Iowa City. I found a couple of helpful can- ning materials. For easy opening and re-closing, one-piece Ball brand plastic lids are great--you can save the two-part metal lids for heat processing. I also like dis- solvable labels, also Ball brand. They come off with no scrubbing when you wash the jar. Both of these convenient items can usu- ally be found where canning sup- plies are sold. PICKLING SPICES Start to finish: 10 minutes Yield: About I tablespoon I teaspoon mustard seed 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon stick (about 1/2 stick; grind in clean coffee grinder) 1/2 teaspoon ground bay leaf "00,Jri00rator wltk ko,00-mix,A pickling 00pies:00, or00-pi6e6 lid00 and di00olvahh (3-4 leaves; grind in coffee grind- er) 1/2 teaspoon coriander seed 1/4 teaspoon green peppercorns 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes Place ingredients in a spice bot- tle and shake to combine. REFRIGERATOR PICKLES Start to finish: 1 to 5 days (active time: 30 minutes) Yield: About 2 pints Two wide-mouth pint-sized can- ning jars with lids 6 small to medium cucumbers (about 1 pound) 1 teaspoon plus 2 teaspoons pickling, kosher or sea salt (not iodized salt) 1 1/2 cups water 1 tablespoon white balsamic or white wine vinegar 3 tablespoons white vinegar I teaspoon pickling spice 1 thin slice ginger root, chopped (about 1 1/2 teaspoons) 1 clove garlic, smashed and halved 1 head dill weed or 2 teaspoons dill seed 1 grape leaf, halved, or two small grape leaves (optional; for crisper pickles) SCRUB CUCUMBERS. Cut the way you like them: halved, quar- tered or sliced thickly or thinly For crisper pickles, draw out moisture by placing cucumbers in a bowl and tossing with 1 tea- spoon salt. Cover with a dish towel and allow to rest for 2 hours. Rinse and drain. Mix the brine: In a bowl or pitcher, place 2 teaspoons salt, 2 cups water and the vinegars. Stir until salt is dissolved. Arrange cucumbers in canning jars. Into each jar sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon pickling spice and half of the chopped ginger root. Tuck in between or place on top of cu- cumbers 1/2 clove smashed garlic and 1 head dill weed or 1 teaspoon dill seed. Tuck halved grape leaf along the inside of jar. Pour equal amounts of brine into each jar, enough to cover. Add more water if necessary. Screw on Iid, label jar, and store in refrigerator. Pickles can be eaten in 1 day, but are best after 5 days. Use within about 3 months. Nutrition information per serv- ing (1 spear): 3 calories; 0 calories from fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g car- bohydrate; 0 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 0 g protein; 51 mg sodium. Eileen welcomes your feedback and ideas. Send e-mail to eileen@ everyoneeatsrightcom or letters to Eileen Beran c/o Kalona News, PO Box 430, Kalona, IA 52247. Find recipes online at everyoneeat- sright.com. M-P School Board candidates Sept. 10 is the date for the Mid- Prairie School Board election. The candidates are incumbents Jim Hussey, Stacia Bontrager and Jeremy Pickard (appointed) and Jeremy Statler and William Ken- neer III. A questionnaire was sent to the candidates and these are the first responses received. Jeromy Statior Why are you running? I am so thankful to live in the Mid-Prairie School District. I al- ways knew we had a great school system but going through orienta- tion with my oldest recently and seeing the advanced educational opportunities available really im- pressed me. It is partially because of many board members serving before now that my kids have the opportunities available that they do so I felt that it was my turn to give back and do what I can to make sure they continue and increase for years to come. With a pending bond issue com- ing up that could lead to several large Statler construction projects, I also believe my 19+ years of con- struction experience would be a benefit to have on the board. Job Background, Qualifica- tions, etc.. Graduated from MP in 1990, University of Iowa with a BBA in Business Administration in 1994. Current owner of Statler Construction Inc. serving SE Iowa as a General Contractor building new homes and light commercial buildings since 1997. Currently serving as President of the MP Athletic Boosters. Goals; I don't believe it is right to come in to an elected position with a big agenda. If chosen my responsi- bly is to represent others in the district. With a child going into Elementary, Middle School and High School this coming year, I do have a very vested interest in making sure the great education opportunities continue. However, I don't believe in being satisfied with what we have and expect to keep pressing on to be a leader as we have. I look forward to serving and continuing on the great tradi- tion we have at Mid Prairie! Jim Hussey Why are you running? In 1999 1 was concerned about the effects Mid-Prairie's financial CANDIDATES - see page 12A The right mix,,, PRESTON Highway 64W Preston, IA 563.689.3311 DEWITT Highway 61N DeWitt, IA 563.659.2866 PLEME liTON nEi From page 1A FLYING a basic model when one becomes a serious hobbyist. The extreme range can top $20,000 when flying a jet with two real kerosene-fueled turbine engines rather than the electrical-powered fans in his own F-16 model - which can still reach 200 mph. Conwell will be flying some of his radio-controlled aircraft at the 2013 Iowa City Aerohawks Air Show Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. It will be in Iowa City at the Aero- hawk Flying Field - located west on Melrose Avenue past the 218 in- terchange, then left to the landfill (just follow the flags). More than 100 aircraft, including jets, Warbirds, Golden Age, trainers, electric and helicopters will be flown. Conwell was flying a helicopter at the City Park last week with his father, who still flies smaller helicopters inside despite a stroke that has leR him wheelchair bound. Unlike a real helicopter, Conwell sent his radio-controlled copter in a number of aerobatics that would be impossible for a real one. Three gyroscopes keep it stable even when it is upside down. A majority of new radio-con- trolled models are ARF (almost ready to fly), having only a few parts needing to be attached - not like the old days when the balsa wood and fabric models were built from scratch. That was an art in it- self, says Conwell. The radio controls are also more sophisticated. Using an 18-channel spectrum can allow 60 different model planes to be in the air rather than only one as in the beginning of the sport - with a range up to three-quarters of a mile. Those interested in learning more about the hobby can attend the air show or go to iowacityaero- hawks.com. SHOW YOUR BODY WHO'S BOSS. Be active daffy. Andy Conwell sends his helicopter into maneuvers the real things could never match. Andy onwell will be flying these two jet replicas at the radio controlled air show Sept. 8. J crjMINI TItANS#OtATION From page 10A HUNTING Squirrel numbers are hard to estimate because the DNR does not survey the population, but the DNR does monitor mast pro- duction of several hardwood trees and squirrel populations typical- ly peak following good mast years. Last fall there was an excellent crop for oaks in central, north- central and southeast Iowa, but a poor crop in the rest of the state. Hickory and walnuts were average across most of the state, which is a major food source for squirrels. Fox squirrels can be found any- where there are a few acres of trees, but gray squirrels are gen- erally limited to the heavily for- ested areas in eastern and south- ern Iowa. Squirrel hunting is done by either sitting-and-waiting, or by still-hunting. The sit-and-wait technique is used near likely feeding areas, such as beneath oak, walnut, or hickory trees or along corn-forest edges. The still-hunting technique is employed by slowly walking through forested areas and stop- ping frequently to watch for feed. ing squirrels. The best hunting times usually are during the morning and after. noon feeding hours. Hunting opportunities for squirrels are excellent because hunting pressure is low. Last fall, an estimated 21,698 squirrel hunters harvested 158, 615 squir- rels, compared to 1960 when Iowa had 150,000 squirrel hunters and a harvested more than 1 million squirrels.