This was a staple for me when I was growing up in Warszawa. My grandmother, Maria, lived with us and did most of the cooking and putting up with me. Unfortunately, by the time I got into cooking Babcia was dead. This recipy is from memory - just like Babcia made them.
In SoCal the winter is citrus season - lemon trees, lime trees, mandarin trees, etc are all heavy with ripe fruit. I bet a lot of this backyard goodness just goes to waste. At this time of year, even though I try, the ground under my key lime tree is covered with rotting limes.
Dill pickles, ogórki kiszone, half sours, ogórki małosolne - it's got to be one of my favorite foods. A sour, sour pickle on a slice of rye bread with a little butter, a half sour straight out of the jar as a midday snack or a bowel of sour pickle soup on a cold day - it just makes me feel good.
This one, as well as several other recipes I've made, was inspired by the book Jam It, Pickle it, Cure It by Karen Solomon. This is a "must have" book for anybody who wants to make their own condiments, preserves or essentials for fun or for economic reasons. For me hot sauce is an essential.