Making Homemade Pickles
This is really a simple procedure. Reap the rewards of making your own homemade pickles.
Cucumbers right from your garden are always best, but if you don't have a garden, buy them from your local market. Just be sure to select firm ripe pickling cucumbers with no spots, and get them in uniform sizes. I use them about 4 inches long and about 1-1/2 inch around. The size is really up to you, if you want whole pickles use smaller cucumbers.
Things you'll need:
25- 4 inch pickling cucumbers
fresh dill, or you can use pickling spice
hot red peppers
3- quarts water
1 quart apple cider vinegar
1- cup granulated pickling salt
quart jars, lids and rings
large water bath canner
Step 1...Wash the cucumbers, remove blossoms and stems. Cut in half lengthwise and then cut
in half again. This will make pickle spears.
Step 2...Combine the water, vinegar and pickling salt in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil.
While this is coming to a boil, sterilize the jars, lids and rings.
Pack Pickles in Jars
Step 3...Pack the cucumbers in the hot jars and add: 1 clove garlic, 2 heads of fresh dill,
or 2 teaspoons of pickling spice and 1 hot pepper. Fill the jars with the water, vinegar mix to
within 1/2 inch of jar rim. Remove air bubbles, do this by placing a non-metal knife down inside
the jar between the cucumbers and the jars. Wipe rims with a clean cloth, add lids and rings.
Step 4...Place the filled jars in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes. Start timing as soon as jars are
lowered into the water. Remove from the canner and cool.
Step 5...Test the seals after the jars are cool.
(If one or more doesn't seal no worries, just keep in refrigerator.)
Store the jars in a cool dark place. DO NOT.. open for 14 days. This gives them time to cure.
Using wide mouth jars are the easiest to work with, but regular work too.
Can also use pint jars, just use smaller cucumbers or to make sliced pickles.
Sterilize jars, lids and rings in the dishwasher. Leave in there so they stay hot until ready to fill.
Be very careful using water bath canner. The water will be very HOT!!!
Don't use table salt.