I went to the farmers market on Sunday and found a guy who had pickling cukes for $1 lb. Since I haven't seen any yet, anywhere I thought that was a decent price and bought 4lbs. So finally yesterday I was able to get to making them. I had fresh dill growing out on my back porch in a pot. It was 4ft. high and full of flower heads, so it was perfect to use. I cut a bunch and prepared to make these. It takes about 6wks in a jar once processed so we will see just how good these turn out. If you want to try tho.....here's the recipe.
Cold Pack Dill Pickles
the cucumbers by removing 1/16 inch from the blossom end of each. You
need to remove that tiny little sliver because there is an enzyme that
remains in the blossom end of cucumbers which will cause your pickles
to become soft while in storage. Cut into halves or quarters as you
Wash your jars, lids and bands in good, hot soapy water.
Rinse them well making sure all traces of soap are removed. Set the
bands aside. Place the lids in barely simmering water and leave them
there until they are needed later in the process. Fill the canner with
water and and bring it to the boil. I like to put my jars in the canner
and let them heat up along with the water. Some people hold them in a
200 degree oven. I also will sometimes just wash them and keep them
filled with hot water till ready to use. You always want to fill hot
jars. Putting hot food in a cold jar can cause breakage. Putting a cold jar of food into boiling water is just asking for
Adjust the amounts according
to the number of quarts you’re making. I like to make these pickles in
quart jars so that I can keep the cucumber halves intact. If using
pints, you’d need to cut the halves across and use only half the
amounts I give for each jar.
Cucumbers, pickling type
Vinegar, 5% acidity
Dill seed or fresh dill heads
For each quart of pickles, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup vinegar to the boil.
Meanwhile, in each jar place
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pickling salt, 1 tablespoon dill seed (or
3 heads fresh dill), 6 black peppercorns and 2 halved garlic cloves.
Note that each dill head counts as a teaspoon of dill seed.
Pack the halved or quartered
cucumbers into the hot jars. Using a canning funnel, pour the boiling
vinegar and water solution over the jar contents leaving 1/2 inch of
headspace (the space between the top of the liquid and the top of the
Wipe the top rim of each jar
carefully with a dampened paper towel. This is to make sure that there
is nothing on there which would prevent the lid from forming a complete
seal. Place the lids on top of the jars and screw on the rings until
just finger tight. Don’t force the rings or tighten too much. The jars
have to be able to expel air during the canning process in order to
create the seal.
Place the jars in the canner rack and lower
them into the simmering hot water. Make sure jars are covered with 1-2
in. of water. If not, add hot water and bring to a boil before
beginning timing. Place the cover on the pot. Process in simmering hot
water (180-185 degrees) for 15 minutes (low temp pasteurization method).
Store the jars in a dark, cool place. I recommend six weeks of standing time for the flavors to fully develop.
***NOTE: I also added a pinch of red pepper flakes to each jar.