I make these every year when my pickling cucumbers are ready in my garden, they are really great pickles and so easy to make, add in more garlic and adjust the dill if desired --- these pickles develop in flavor with refrigeration time so allow them to chill at least 7 days or even longer before using, the longer the better, the pickles will keep for months in the refrigerator, use only kosher salt for this not table salt, and make certain to wash the outsides of the cucumbers thoroughly, see note on bottom --- for soaking the pickles in firstly to remove bacteria see my recipe#300387
My two sons and I love these. If they had their way I would have to make 'em in a washtub! I experimented, once and added bell pepper squares. Now, they want carrot slices, tomatoes. You can use virtually any veggie. If cucumbers give you indigestion, try scoring them lengthwise with the tines of a fork. Just deep enough to see the marks. Just below the skin, in the meat, lies a layer of "heartburn". An elderly British friend of my Dad taught me this recipe and that tip. That man could COOK.
This is a simple recipe to have as a refreshing side dish. It's especially good for picnics, bar-b-ques, potlucks and buffets. If you like your slices on the tart side cut back on the sugar a little bit. Please note it will need to be chilled at least 3 hours.
When canning any vegetable it is highly recommended that you hot water bath them. Pickles should be boiled in the jars for ten full minutes. If you add more water to the pot, wait until boil starts again to resume timing.
Posted in response to a request for dill pickles made without vinegar. This recipe is per quart; make as many quarts as you like. These are excellent, and very easy to make. The hardest part about making pickles is scrubbing the cucumbers, and I'm not kidding. I prefer fairly small pickling cucumbers, and pay a premium to get them. Dump them in a sink, cover with cold water, then start fishing them out and scrubbing them THOROUGHLY with a soft brush. Get every bit of grit and dried-out cucumber blossom off of them, or they will not taste so good. When you have scrubbed every last blessed cucumber, rinse them again. Now you are ready to start - or maybe two-thirds done.
Everyone should try this southern treat just once! You can make 'em spicy by adding some hot sauce or using garlic pickles. Another recipe found on the www.ilovepickles.com site. Prep time includes refrigeration time.