crunchy & sour – dill pickles are easy

I managed to make dill pickles a couple weeks ago – because when it’s 85+ and humid you should really be boiling vinegar & water on the stove, baking cookies and running the dryer.  I will never learn.

Take advantage of the Kirby cucumbers at the farmers markets if you don’t grow them yourself.  This is not true canning, so they’ll need to live in the refrigerator.

cucumber slices


Dill Pickles – adapted  Sharon Spain’s pickles from Design*sponge

These are easy, delicious and make terrific gifts. Be sure to buy cucumber pickles—not regular cucumbers. A small pickle of about four inches fits perfectly in a pint-sized mason jar. If you are not familiar with a mandolin, buy one for this project, and you won’t regret it. They are fabulous for slicing anything (just watch your fingers). Slice the pickles thinly, but not so thin that they become hard to work with. 1/8” is about right.

2 quarts water (1.9 liters)
1 quart cider vinegar (.95 liters)
3/4 cup canning salt (220g)
10 wide-mouth, pint mason jars
Approximately 25 pickles (I usually use less)
2 bunches dill
tools: mandoline

1.Thoroughly wash jars and lids in hot water to sterilize.
2. Combine water, cider vinegar and salt in stockpot and bring to boil, stirring well.
3. Wash and trim ends from pickles.
4. Using a mandolin, carefully slice each pickle lengthwise. Stack pieces neatly in order, removing the two ends and place pickle in jar. Trim height of pickle as needed to fit (before you place in jar). You should be able to get about 2 1/2 pickles in each pint jar. Place several pieces of dill in jar with pickles.
5. Pour hot vinegar/water solution over pickles filling jar to top. Screw lid down tightly.

The pickles can be eaten as soon as the next day, or can be stored in the refrigerator for months. Great with cheese on crusty bread!



4 responses to this post.

  1. i’m eating my pickles that i put in the fridge a month ago. yummy. i like garlic in my pickles.


  2. we MUST go to the rosendale pickle festival this year! it’s nov 22, the sunday before turkey day. also, have you been to the elizaville diner yet? i keep hearing commercials for it and it sounds intriguing… an old-school diner that they trucked up from pennsylvania.


  3. The Elizaville diner is really pretty. It’s so close to our house. I’m in for fries. Let’s go.


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