Making Homemade Pickles

August 19, 2010

Making Homemade PicklesWhen you are done with the pickles in a jar (the cold variety), save the liquid. You can buy pickling cucumbers at the market, cut them up the way you like, and put back into the mix. In 3 or 4 days, you will have some good tasting new pickles. You can add more vinegar or hot pepper flakes if you want it a little more spicy.


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August 16, 2017

I love dill pickles, especially in the summertime, but I like to be able to control how much sodium I take in. Give my recipe a try!

Homemade Dill Pickles on plate

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September 28, 2007

My wonderful mother-in-law, Lavon, gave me two cucumbers from her garden. Forgetting these were not genetically mutated supermarket cucumbers, I put them in the crisper drawer and forgot about them for a couple days.

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April 12, 2018

Very easy to make, refreshing to eat and pairs perfectly as a side dish to your main meal.

Pickled Cucumbers in bowl

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May 21, 2009

What do you add to canning pickles to stop them from getting mushy? Also, does anyone have a recipe to can pickles using less salt? Hope someone can help. I canned a batch of pickles last year following a recipe. The taste was great, but they were all mushy inside.

By Marie from Lakeland, FL


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May 21, 20090 found this helpful

My mother made several different types of pickles for many years and never had any problems with them. I also used the same recipes and made pickles for many years and always had really good luck with them.


I wonder if it depends on the recipe, because my former mother-in-law never made really good pickles, using her family recipes.

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August 10, 2001

It is pickle season! Please post or send in recipes for any kind of pickles from cucumbers to tomatoes. This brainstorm was sent in by Harlean (from Arkansas)


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August 10, 20010 found this helpful

I keep these in my refrigerator all the time. We love them.

2 regular cucumbers
1 large bell pepper (red optional), seeded and cut into
1/2 inch-wide strips


1 medium-size onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons dill seeds
3/4 cup sugar (for diabetics, use 3/4 cup splenda)
1/2 cup white wine vinegar

Wash cucumbers well, but do not peel. Cut off and discard ends; cut cucumbers crosswise into 1/3 inch-thick slices. You should have about 6 cups.

In a large bowl, combine cucumbers, bell pepper and onion. Sprinkle in salt and dill seeds; stir well. Let stand, uncovered, for 1 to 2 hours; stir occasionally.

Stir together sugar and vinegar until sugar is dissolved, then pour over vegetables and mix gently. Spoon into glass or ceramic containers.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 day or up to 3 weeks.

Makes about 3 quarts.

- Judy from Florida

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August 11, 20010 found this helpful

Festive Cinnamon Pickle Rings

Peel 15 large cucumbers (a good way to use up those that are large and seedy). Slice 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and remove seeds. A spoon works well for this step. Place cucumber slices in a crock. Mix together 8 1/2 quarts of water and 2 cups of pickling lime. Pour over cucumbers to cover. Let set for 24 hours. Drain and wash in cold water. Cover with fresh cold water and let stand for 3 hours. Drain.


Place in large pan and add 1 cup vinegar, 3 cups water, 1 Tablespoon alum and 1 bottle red or green food coloring. Heat and simmer for two hours.Do not let them boil. If they reach the boiling point, lower the heat until the bubbles almost stop. Drain and return to the crock.

Mix together and bring to a boil: 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups water, 10 cups sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of oil of cinnamon. When mixture is boiling, pour over rings in the crock. Cover and let stand for 24 hours. Drain syrup into pan and reheat to boiling. Pour back over rings and cover. Repeat for 3 more days. On the last day, while your syrup is reheating, place the pickle rings into sterilized jars. When syrup is boiling, pour over pickles in jars and seal. This is a delicious pretty pickle for the Christmas holidays or for any meal. And even people who don't like pickles will like these. They are very crisp and crunchy.


- Harlean from Arkansas

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August 15, 20010 found this helpful

Fiery Pickled Onions


malt vinegar
an inch or two of peeled and crushed root ginger
dried chilis
coriander seeds
mustard seeds
a few cloves (and/or any other whole spices that take your fancy)
small onions or shallots


Put the vinegar and spices into a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes - no longer, otherwise the vinegar will evaporate. Take the saucepan off the heat and leave it, covered, to cool down. (I leave it overnight.)


Peel the onions and place them in a colander, sprinkling each layer generously with salt. Leave them overnight - stand the colander in the sink so that the water and salt can drain away.

Strain the vinegar to remove the spices.

Pack the drained onions into clean jars and pour in enough of the spiced vinegar to cover them. You can put one or two of the chilis in the jar with the onions if you like them VERY fiery! Seal and label the jars of onions.

Put any remaining vinegar into a sealed bottle and keep it for making chutney or for the next batch of onions!

Store the jars of onions in a cool dark place and DO NOT EAT UNTIL CHRISTMAS! (Or for at least four weeks.)

I haven't given any quantities for the ingredients, because it depends on how fiery/spicy you like your pickles and how big your batch of onions is. As a guide, for two litres of vinegar I'd use about two inches of ginger, thirty or so peppercorns, two tablespoons of coriander seeds, six or seven cloves, five or six small nuclear-power chilis, two tablespoons of mustard seeds... you can also pickle onions without the spices, but you must still boil the vinegar otherwise the pickle will go off.

You can use hot vinegar to pickle onions, but this makes the onions go soft. I prefer them pickled cold and crisp!

- Russ

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August 16, 20010 found this helpful

Thoroughly wash and salt 1/2 pound of fresh ginger root. Let it stand for a day, then wash again and place in a marinade made of 1 cup rice vinegar, 7 Tbs. water, and 2 1/2 tsp. Sugar.

Allow the ginger to marinate for 1 week. It will turn pink. Drained, covered and refrigerated. It will keep for months. It is sliced thin to be served with sushi.

I've tried and it works pretty well. Enjoy

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August 16, 20010 found this helpful

2 1/2 cups cooked or canned beets

Reserve the juice. Slice the beets. Place them in a fruit jar.


1/2 cup sharp vinegar
1/2 cup beet juice

Add and heat to boiling:

2 Tablespoons sugar
2 cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 peppercorns
1/4 bay leaf
(1 sliced green pepper)
(1 small sliced onion)
1/2 teaspoon horseradish)

Pour these ingredients over the beets. Cover the far. Serve the beets very cold.

This recipe came from my copy of Joy of Cooking, and I hope it meets your needs.
- Emilie

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August 5, 20020 found this helpful

i am looking for the plumping pickle recipe

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October 6, 20040 found this helpful

My son likes the baby pickled corn - but it's kinda high - so I thought I'd pull one over on him & got a can of plain baby corn from the ethnic isle at the store & put them in the pickling in the same jar - it sat a few days (good thing - it's better that way!) & when he got them out & tried them he didn't realize or seem to - the difference !
I've seen my spouse make pickled eggs & also he cuts wieners up & pickles them too !
I don't have the recipie - sorry
& I like pickled garlic --
but I have never made any of it - so a "how to" would be apprieciated on any of the above !

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By Janis in Michigan (Guest Post)
September 23, 20050 found this helpful

I am looking for a green pepper pickle called Slippery Jack Pickles. It also has cucumbers and onions and are sweet.

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By Lynette from Missouri (Guest Post)
July 4, 20070 found this helpful

I am desperately looking for a chunk pickle recipe that we lost in a move. It has cinnamon (not sticks), sugar, vinegar and I remember cutting in big chunks. No food coloring either. This is a recipe my husbands mom used and made just for him. Any help would be appreciated.

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July 23, 2011

I am looking for pickle recipes. I'm growing cucumbers in my garden for first time this year and am very excited about being able to make pickles! I have heard it is difficult to get a crunchy good tasting pickle, so if anyone has any recipes please send them my way! Thank you in advance!

By Mama's cookin from Highland, IL

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October 8, 2007

I have a question about making dill pickles. Some of my jars stay real clear while others get this milky substance on the bottom of the jars. Is this just fermentation and is is safe to eat them?

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July 20, 2010

My cucumbers have a bitter skin on them. Can I still use them to make pickles?

By Donna from Allentown, PA

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August 2, 2010

I need some good simple pickle recipes. Thanks.

By Tina Louise Labor from South Ryegate, VT

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August 23, 2009

I am looking for a recipe for half sour pickles.

By Amy J Remillard from Worcester, MA

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March 25, 2018

Using leftover brine from olives you can flavor some cucumbers. This is a page about make pickles in leftover olive brine.

Pickles in a jar.

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October 13, 2017

A simple pickle recipe that is refrigerated instead of sealed and stored by canning. This is a page about sweet and sour refrigerator pickles.

Sweet and Sour Refrigerator Pickles

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