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« on: August 02, 2012 05:42:43 AM »

I make my own pickles every year, and win bunches of ribbons at the county fair for them. Sandwich dill slices are my family's favorite.  Making and canning pickles isn't hard and doesn't require a bunch of fancy equipment. 



We grow our own cucumbers for pickling.  After trying a bunch of different varieties, the kind I like best is called Snow's Fancy Pickling Cucumbers if you are so inclined to grow your own next year.  You can get pickling cucumbers at the grocery store, as well as all the other ingredients. 



Here's everything you'll need; white vinegar, sugar, pickling salt, pickling spices, dill seed, mustard seed, hot peppers, garlic and bay leaves.  That's our bay laurel in the planter.  Besides the cucumbers and bay leaves, we also grow our own hot peppers, garlic and dill seed for this recipe. 



The first thing I do is sterilize my pint jars, bands and lids.  That's my pasta pot.  I put enough water in the pot for my jars to stand upright plus an inch or two and boil everything for 10 minutes.  You can reuse jars and bands, but it's important to use a new lid every time you can.



For the brine, I start with 1.5 tsp. of pickling spice tied up in a piece of cheesecloth.  That little bundle goes in a saucepan containing 2 cups of white vinegar, 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of pickling salt.  You can use regular table salt if you want, but pickling salt makes the brine really clear (not cloudy). 



Simmer for 15 minutes.



While the brine is simmering, I take a spare pint jar and use it to measure where to cut the tops off of my cucumbers to make sure they will fit.  From here I will cut them into nice thick slices.



After the jars have sterilized for at least 10 minutes and the brine has simmered for at least 15 minutes, I fish a hot jar out of the pot with kitchen tongs and fill each one with a bay leaf, a fresh hot pepper, a peeled garlic clove, 1/4 tsp of mustard seeds and 1/4 tsp. of dill seeds.



I shove as many cucumber slices as I possibly can fit into each jar (they shrink a little during processing) then pour hot brine to fill the jar within 1/4 inch of the top.  For cucumbers of this size, I can fit approx. 2.5 into each jar.  If I've gotten brine on the very top of the jar I use a paper towel to wipe it off then top it with a sterile lid and band. 



Once all of my jars are ready to go, I put them back into the boiling water.  It's important that they are submerged with a least an inch of water over the tops of the jars.



They get processed for 10 minutes, then removed from the boiling water.  After 20 or 30 minutes, you'll hear the lids 'pop'.  As long as the lids pop, they are safe to store outside of the fridge until the jar is opened.  If for some reason one doesn't, just pop that jar in the fridge.  It takes about 2 weeks for the flavors to develop.



Here's an action shot!  I use this same recipe to make my own whole pickles and pickle relish.  If I have leftover brine, I store it in the fridge and heat it up the next time I have enough cucumbers to pickle.  Making pickles isn't difficult, I hope you'll give it a try!





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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2012 07:08:31 AM »

Wow, you did a great job describing the whole process.  Too bad it's so hot here.  Bottling can be torture.
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2012 07:17:42 AM »

Thanks so much, dulcet!  I know canning can be intimidating to some folks, I tried to show it can be pretty simple and quick. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2012 07:21:21 AM »

Look at all those ribbons! Your pickles are so yummy, so thanks for sharing the recipe. Maybe some day I'll get frisky enough to try to make my own. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2012 09:27:16 AM »

Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!  I've so been looking for a good pickle recipe!  The one I used a couple years ago just wasn't very good.  But I'm very excited to give this one a go!  Yay!  Thanks again!  <3
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2012 09:48:42 AM »

I hope you enjoy it.  I gave a pint jar of these to a friend last year.  He called to thank me for the 'single serving' sized jar and said he ate them in one sitting, drank the juice and stopped when he got to the 'crunchy things' at the bottom of the jar (mustard seeds) because he wasn't sure what they were.   Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2012 10:56:13 AM »

Drool, drool and more drool! Thank you for sharing the recipe MW. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2012 11:51:43 AM »

Thanks for sharing! I'm hoping to do some pickles before the summer's over.
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2012 11:53:53 AM »

I bet those are so delicious!
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2012 09:36:56 AM »

Mmmmm....pickles.

I would so eat the entire jar, like your friend.

(Although, I'd save the brine for flavouring meats and other stuff.)
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2012 12:50:31 AM »

I'm so jealous of your canning and growing abilities!

We tried to grow our own cucumbers this year but our vines were attacked by aphids. I had no idea how to combat them and they killed all my little baby cucumbers. I was really looking forward to pickling too.

I may just have to pick up some cucumbers at the store and try out your recipe anyways!
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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2012 05:21:32 AM »

You might want to consider neem oil next year to control aphids.  It's a plant based bug repellent used in organic farming.  Lowes carries it.  Good luck!
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2012 04:47:48 PM »

Yay pickles! I just got some baby cucumbers at the farmer's market...might want to try it. Think I could just bypass the canning part and stick them in the fridge for the 2 weeks?
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2012 05:45:30 PM »

It should work to use the same brine recipe and ingredients.  I just suggest you look up a refrigerator pickle recipe to see how the pickling process differs.  I may try that myself.  Good luck! 
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Oooh! I love canning and have been looking for a good pickle recipe! I have a sani rinse option on my dishwasher and use that to sterilize my jars because a) I am lazy and b) I don't have enough pots. lol. I'm still alive after eating food out of my dishwasher sterilized jars! Thanks for the recipe!
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« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2012 07:00:58 AM »

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« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2012 11:06:09 AM »

Missing Willow showed me how to can last Tuesday. It is so much easier than I thought. I had a blast and got some beautifully canned tomatoes to show for it! Thanks MW!  Kiss
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« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2012 11:07:24 AM »

Jam is next!   Smiley
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I love pickles. It`s great that you grow most of the ingredients yourself.
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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2012 04:30:11 PM »

Well I made 7 jars of pickles today! All the jars have popped and now I'm just waiting for them to cool so they can go in my "cellar"...its really just a cabinet, I just like to pretend I'm fancy. lol.
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« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2012 04:40:25 PM »

Well I made 7 jars of pickles today! All the jars have popped and now I'm just waiting for them to cool so they can go in my "cellar"...its really just a cabinet, I just like to pretend I'm fancy. lol.

Ha!  My cellar is a cabinet, too.  Seven jars are awesome!
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« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2012 05:51:02 PM »

My partner would like to send you a blue ribbon in the mail.  We made these last week and tried them this morning.  Soooooooooooooo good!
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« Reply #22 on: August 27, 2012 06:01:15 PM »

Yay!  Lots of folks have told me they've made them but you're the first to give them a taste.  I'm so glad you like them!  My daughter pilfered a jar of mine when she was home last weekend.   Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2012 05:28:51 PM »

Alright, Missing Willow, I must give you a hearty thank you for sharing this (again!).  I made these and hubby's been foaming at the mouth for weeks now waiting to open a jar of pickles.  I made a few sliced pickle jars for sandwiches and a few whole pickle jars.  He grabbed one of the whole pickle jars yesterday and took it to work and shared it with his fellow laborers.  Everyone absolutely LOVED them!  They were raving and raving about them!  Hubby said that when you open them, they smell really sweet, but when you eat them they are the perfect amount of sweet with spices and dill.  So, I will be looking no further for pickle recipes, and will be faithfully using this one for future pickling adventures!  I used a different recipe last year that hubby didn't like very much, but one of his coworkers did.  His coworker was super excited to try and new and improved pickles!  Hubby gave the rest of the jar to his coworker who was going to chop up the remaining and use in egg salad.  Yum!

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« Reply #24 on: September 29, 2012 05:23:58 AM »

You're so sweet, jillybeans!  Here's a hug back *hug!*  Have you tried my pimento cheese recipe yet?  It's a crowd pleaser. Cheesy
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