I have been asked for this recipe every time I share them with others. However, the original recipe is waaayy too salty for me. I use half as much salt. Don't skimp on the dill or garlic, either.
It's extremely unlikely that one would consume enough alum in these pickles to cause harm. Alum is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a food additive. It is unhealthful to humans in quantities greater than an ounce. There's only 1 1/4 teaspoons called for in this recipe that makes two entire buckets.
Just finished my 5th gallon of these this season alone. Left onions out of some, bumped up the garlic and everyone loves them. Excellent refrigerator pickle.
this is a great recipe I have shared it with lots of friends and they all say it is the best yet
Do not use alum, toxic to consume in quantities 1 tsp or more.