Sunday, December 13, 2015

Garlic Dill Pickles

So all of you know of my husbands love for pickled eggs. I have already shared that delicious recipe with you, now I am going to share my pickles with you...or rather the recipe that I used and eyeballed.

I love pickles, I dont know if it is the salt, the vinegar, whatever it is, I love it.  I attempted to make pickles before but the recipe that I had used either never turned out, or I just messed it up that bad. I finally found a recipe to try through Pinterest.  I tried it, and low and behold they were amazing. Keep in mind, when I give you a recipe for something like this, I usually am just eyeballing the ingredients.  However, I will give you the amounts they say to use.

The recipe is by Donalyn Ketchum, she gets the credit for the recipe, I just used it.  Here is the link for the recipe that used,

Alrighty then, enough chat, onto the recipe.

Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles by Donalyn Ketchum.

  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 cup white or cider vinegar
  • ½ cup pickling salt
  • About 3 to 4 pounds of cucumbers - small pickling cukes are best
  • 8 large heads of dill, or more if they are smaller
  • 8 medium garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 4 pinches red pepper flake
  • about 20 black peppercorns
  1. This will make about 4 quarts of pickles, so you need 4 1 quart jars with lids, or more if they are smaller. Canning jars aren't necessary, but they do need a lid. Wash in hot soapy water and rinse well [or run through the dishwasher].
  2. Measure the water, vinegar and salt into a 3 quart sauce pan and set over high heat - you want the salt to dissolve and the mixture to come to a full boil.
  3. Meanwhile, make sure your cucumbers are good and clean. Cut them however you like - the smaller the pieces, the more that will fit in a jar. I like spears, because they are pretty to serve, though if I end up with a lot of odd sized cucumbers, chunks may work better.
  4. In the bottom of each jar, place 1 large head of dill, or several smaller ones. You can also put in some of the fronds and stems. Then put 1 garlic clove in the bottom.
  5. Fill each jar with cucumbers - for spears, it might be easier to lay the jar on its side. You can really cram them in there tightly, but leave a good inch of headspace at the top, so that the brine will be able to cover the pickles.
  6. Top the cucumbers in the jars with another clove of garlic, as well as another large head of dill. You can just leave it at that, or for a little more complexity of flavor, add a scant teaspoon of mustard seed, a pinch of red pepper flake and 5 peppercorns to each jar.
  7. Carefully fill each jar with the boiling water/vinegar/salt mixture, making sure to get the cucumbers completely covered.
  8. Screw on the lids.
  9. Leave the jars out in the counter for 2 or 3 days, and then store in the refrigerator for at least two weeks before opening them.
  10. They will keep well for several months at least, so long as you keep them refrigerated. [Naturally, if anything looks or smells funky, discard them, but honestly, that happens very rarely.

That is the recipe that I used, doctoring it up to my use.  Such as I used two 1/2 Gallon mason jars instead of the 4 quart jars.  However, I did everything the same, though I did eyeball most of the ingredients.

This is how mine turned out.


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