The only thing I've ever pickled myself is Octopus. And it was awesome. I went a little overboard on the aromatics as well, but it was still tasty. The four jars I made only lasted one football sunday. I've always wanted to make my own pickles, stuffed olives, etc. I need to just do it. I'm planting my garden this weekend now that the frost is over with here and I might just plant some cucumbers for the express purpose of making my own pickles. Thanks for the idea.