If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again, right?
Let’s face it, sometimes our experiments don’t go as planned, especially the first time around. Even when we plan and do our best things don’t always work out. And when that happens to be the case we have two decisions: 1) move on to something else, or 2) try again.
I chose the latter option after discovering that my initial batch of crock-fermented dill pickles wasn’t going so well. After noticing some brightly colored mold growing on the surface, I thought it would be best to start over.
In hindsight, I’m fairly certain that I did at least two things wrong: For one thing, the pickles were a bit rubbery when they went into the crock. Although I bought them fresh at the farmers’ market, I didn’t prepare them right away. It also dawned on me that I had forgotten to use canning salt (pure NaCl) and grabbed the table salt instead.
At any rate, I starting fresh was the better option here.
It’s not always easy to admit defeat and accept that the time and energy we put into something is all for naught. But “trying again” is how we learn. It forces us to think and to solve problems so that we can build and develop new skills over time. And that’s precisely why I chose this task as my self-care activity for the day.
As much as I would like to be eating a dill pickle right now, I shall wait again to see if this next experiment turns out.
Tick tock. Tick tock.