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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Dill pickles


As promised, here's my fave pickle recipe.  It's based on a mix of a few pickle recipes I've tried and liked before.  I think this one's awesome because it has just enough spice to it and the pickles stay pretty crisp.  They're not very spicy to me, but feel free to omit the red pepper.


Do you love pickles like I do?  I love pickles.  I mean I really love pickles. 

When I was pregnant with my 3 year old, my co-workers nicknamed him Pickle because I ordered one from Jimmy every day.

I really love pickles. 

This recipe makes 4-5 quart jars or 8-9 pint jars, give or take. 

You'll need:

5 large cucumbers (I just use my regular cukes from my garden)
4 cups water
3 cups distilled vinegar
12-15 dill sprigs
1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons pickling spices


Slice your cukes as thick (or thin) as you'd like your pickles to be.

Mix all of the ingredients, minus the dill sprigs, in a large bowl.  Add the cucumbers to it and let it sit for a few hours.


Add a few dill sprigs to each jar.





Tightly pack the cucumbers into the jars with the dill sprigs.



Pour the liquid into each jar and spoon in the spices.



Screw the lids on and refrigerate for 2 weeks. 

Good luck with that.  I usually last about 2 days before I start eating them.  I could wait 9 months to find out the sex of my babies, but not 2 weeks for pickles.  Go figure.


They'll keep in the fridge for a month.  Enjoy!

14 comments:

  1. Tried to make pickles before and they were horrible. I will try these.

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  2. they look so pretty id hate to eat them. well, i guess i still would eat them-i love pickles!

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  3. Looks easy enough and sound delish!

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  4. We have tons of cukes coming out of our garden! This looks delicious!

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  5. These look yummy!!! Gonna have to try this recipe for sure!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. We could totally be "pickle pals!" I can never wait two weeks :) I will have to try your recipe!

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  7. I just read another post on pickles and now I want some pickles. I'll have to put this on the list for next year. My hubby LOVES pickles too!

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  8. Yay for pickles!! I just made my first batch last night:)

    With my recipe you only have to wait 3 days for them to be ready and they last a year in the fridge...it's the first time I"ve done them so I'm really hoping they turn out!

    My grandma was a canning guru and I always wanted to do it :) I'm going to post it in a few days...
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  9. We made this recipe this weekend (and added lemon cucumbers and radishes). They are the most BEAUTIFUL jars of all of our pickles!! Thank you for sharing...we'll see if I can wait 2 weeks!

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  10. Yum, this looks so perfect!!

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  11. This looks really good! I've done pickles before but I thought you had to use the small cucumbers! Now I'm going to be making these all the time. Thanks for the info and the recipe!

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  12. So yummy looking. I totally have to grow cucumbers next year.

    Bernadette
    www.b3homedesigns.blogspot.com

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  13. I just made this today! I couldn't even wait to put the cucumbers in the jar before I started eating them. I'm going to give them to my dad for Father's Day!

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  14. Can you use the water bath canner on this to preserve them for longer?

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