Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Quick Garlic Dill Pickles

My vegetable garden was a complete flop this year.  Probably due to the excessive heat we had.  Luckily, I have a Farmer's Market nearby where I can get lots of fresh produce.  I have been waiting for the little kirbys to arrive so I can make my pickles.  They finally came in yesterday!  I recycle old pickle jars to put these up. These are very quick to make, crunchy and garlicy!

You will need:
  • 5 pounds (3 to 5-inch long firm kirby cucumbers (about 20), washed
  • 1-1/2 cups coarse salt
  • 2 Tbsp. mixed pickling spices
  • 4 to 5 cloves garlic, unpeeled (I add additional chopped garlic - about 1 tsp.)
  • 4 to 5 sprigs fresh dill
  • 2-1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
Place cucumbers in a large non-reactive container.  Combine 1/2 gallon water with 1 cup salt, and stir until salt is dissolved.  Pour over cucumbers.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  I put them in a gallon zip-lock bag.

Drain and rinse the cucumbers, discarding brine. Boil jars or run them through the dishwasher to sterilize. After brining, if any of the pickles look or feel soft and mushy, discard them.  Pack into wide-mouth jars.  Divide pickling spices, garlic and dill between the jars.  After packing jars, put additional dill on top of the pickles.

Combine 6-1/4 cup water, remaining salt, vinegar and sugar in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil and pour into packed jars.  Cool on a rack to room temperature.  Cover and refrigerate.  These are best eaten after about 2 weeks, but you can start after 2 days in the refrigerator.  It's hard to wait!
 This makes about 4 Quarts. 

~Adapted from Martha Stewart Living
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  1. I'm the founder/moderator for Punk Domestics (, and I'd love for you to submit this to the site. Be sure to tag it #pickleparty. Good stuff!

  2. Great pics Patti! My garden was a bummer too this year, I need to find a close Farmer's Market. Enjoy your pickles:@)

  3. I cant wait to make up a batch of my own!

  4. Looks like a great recipe, Patti! Love your photo! The hardest part of making pickles is finding some good kirby cukes!

  5. Those look delish! I wanted to invite you to our Canning Week Blog Party (Aug. 22-26). There will be a canning linky party with a guest judge, and canning related give-a-ways. It should be a lot of fun and I hope you will stop by and link up!!!

  6. Hi Patti! Am new to canning! I want to try this pickle recipe, I am assuming that the canning jars were sterilized at some point? And when did you slice the cucumbers? Thank you, cannot wait to try them! Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa! I did leave out the sterilization - you can boil them or run them through the dishwasher to sterilize. Slice the cucumbers after removing them from the first brine!

  7. Oh yum! Thanks for linking this up at the Carnival of Home Preserving!


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