I would like to know how to make dill pickles.
By Robin from Sandown, NH
I've made these many times and my kids and family go wild. Every year I'm asked to make these and they never last until the next season. Very easy to make and you can adjust it to you're taste and spice level. Enjoy!!
24 pickling cucumbers (kirbys), each between 3 and 4-inches long
6 small bunches fresh dill
1 small yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
12 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
6 dried small red chili peppers
1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns
3 cups water
3 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup pickling salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Place the cucumbers in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Sterilize 6 pint-sized jars and 6 lids in a hot water bath according to the manufacturer's instructions. Divide the dill, onions, garlic, peppers and peppercorns among the jars. Drain the cucumbers and tightly pack into the jars.
Bring a large pot or canner of water to a boil.
In a medium pot, combine the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar, and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes to dissolve the salt and sugar.
Pour the hot liquid over the cucumbers, leaving a 1/2-inch of headspace at the top of each jar. Tap the jars on the counter to dispel any air bubbles, cover with lids and rings, and seal tightly. Place the jars in the pot or canner of boiling water and process for 15 minutes. Remove carefully with tongs and when cool, store in a cool, dry place for at least 3 weeks before opening.
Note: If tap water in your area is hard or high in mineral content, use bottled water to prevent discoloration of pickles.
This is a simple dill pickle recipe that can be used to make 1 jar or 10 at a time!
1 Qt. apple cider vinegar
3 Qt. Water
1 C pickling salt
1 tsp alum
Bring to a boil and then pour over cucumbers in jars (pint or quart). Pack the pickles tight as they will shrink up. For a quart jar, add 1-2 heads of green seeded dill (depending on size of dill head), 1 tsp. mustard seed. You may also add 1-2 cloves garlic, 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced,etc. Seal with clean sterile jar lids (boil in hot water a few minutes), and place jars in boiling water until they seal (lid pops down). To clarify - the jars do not need to boil the whole time, just set them in the boiling water,shut off the heat and leave till the lids seal, remove from water and store in cool dark place. This is good for whole baby dill pickles, sliced (across or length-wise) or spears. It is also good for pickled vegetables, beans or peppers. You can make one jar at a time or as many as you have cucumbers for. Keep the extra brine in a jar on the counter or in the refrigerator until the next time you need it, then just bring to a boil again. Some tips, put the dill, mustard seed, etc. in the upper 1/3 of the jar, then cover with more pickles to keep the dill seeds from being caught in the lid, which will cause it not to seal. If this does happen, either put in the fridge to use or reheat the juice and try again.
For beet pickles, use equal parts of vinegar, sugar and water. Add 1 tsp pickling salt to a quart jar, 1/2 tsp. to a pint jar. Dill may be added if desired, and proceed as above.
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