*For the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Today, in the living room, a cactus is growing, occasionally blooming. The plant  sits in an Ontario-made crock, decades old and very similar to the crocks used by my mother for canning pickles — 9-day pickles, to be exact.

Ontario Crock with Cactus
Ontario Crock with Cactus

These pickles were crunchy and sweet with just enough tang to make them the perfect accompaniment for sandwiches and light lunches. Each year, baskets filled with cucumbers were harvested from the garden, washed, trimmed at the ends and sliced lengthwise into 3 or 4 sections. These green spears were placed in crocks, soaked and rinsed and soaked again in a series of water/vinegar/brine baths.

The nine-day process was an annual tradition for which we children were grateful through the long winter when grocery stores were not filled with a cornucopia of fresh produce throughout the year.

Ironically, it seems that canning has made a comeback. Stores and websites are full of canning supplies and recipes. To be honest, I have not picked up on the craze. Occasionally, I have made some chili sauce from one of the old recipes; however, I am not sure that I will try the 9-day pickle operation.


This Relic photo prompt reminds me of some more relics from the past, ones with a traditional faith-based focus. These relics — rosaries, medals, prayerbooks — are not part of a photo collection. They are carried with me, in spirit, every day, reminding me of parents and grandparents who left us with these treasures.

Have a great weekend, All!

Author: Patricia McGoldrick

Poet Writer Reviewer Environment, Nature, Agriculture, People, and History are favorite topics to write about. Upcycling materials into handmade books is a fun challenge!

7 thoughts on “RELIC — IT’S A CROCK!”

  1. Lovely use for an old crock, Patricia, and much safer than pickle making! 🙂 Your post brought back some great memories of my mom making pickles — though she never used crocks like these. Still, the pickles were yummy and I’ve never been brave or ambitious enough to try making them myself. :-/


    1. The pickles were delicious but I am wary of trying to make them myself. I will be content with keeping a few of these stone crocks for decorations and plants. Summer was such a busy season! 🙂


  2. This is great! 😀 I’ve got a crock like that holding some brushes here in E. I remember the time I tried 9 day pickles with disastrous results! Over those 9 days I managed to grow a green slime, that I was pretty sure shouldn’t have been there, over the whole surface of the pot. That was the first and last try…lol. Think I’ll stick to brush holding crocks. x


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