Since I’ve been canning lately I thought I’d show you a quick and easy way to make the perfect dill pickles. The jars self-seal in your refrigerator, so make room for these babies cuz it’s pickling time! In our garden we only have two or three (I can’t tell) cucumber plants. So, I am picking baby cucumbers (pickles) about every other day right now…they grow fast! Especially if it rains and it has been here.
This recipe is for 2 pints but you can adjust accordingly. There are no set rules and I don’t use exact measurements. Probably why I can’t bake ;) If you don’t like hot peppers or garlic…just omit the step, it will be perfectly fine. This is just a basic guideline for people that want to can that never have. Have fun with it!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Pickles – whole, sliced or spears (washed and cleaned)
sprigs of dill
cayenne or jalapeno pepper
3/4 white vinegar
3 c. water
2 t. Mrs. Wages dill pickle mix
1/2 t. kosher salt
Wash the dill sprigs off and let drain on a paper towel. Add a sprig of dill to each jar.
Slice up your garlic cloves, however many you’d like. I love garlicky pickles so I put 3 cloves in each jar. Chop up your hot pepper and leave the seeds in if you like heat (I do). Add a few pieces to each jar. Remember this step is optional, if you don’t like heat or prefer very little add less. Or none.
Add your pickles to the jar. I don’t pack them too tightly. You want the goodness of all you’ve packed in there to swim around freely.In a medium size saucepan add: the vinegar, water, dill pickle mix and salt. Just barely bring to a boil and remove from heat.
Stir mixture throughly, pour over pickles and fill jars, leaving 1/2 inch headroom.Put your lid and rings on and refrigerate.They should self-seal after a few hours. Test the tops to see if they “pop” down in the morning. If they ‘pop’ they didn’t seal, use those first, with no seal they won’t stay crunchy fresh. The sealed ones are good for a long, long time but, pickles won’t last THAT long! ;) I don’t think I’ve ever had a top that didn’t seal with this method though.
They’re best if you wait two weeks or longer to open them. Enjoy!!
Have a great weekend y’all!