I've been making variations of this recipe for years using vlasic Kosher dill spears. I like using the spears because they don't have to be cut up. Use the same amount of sugar and spices called for in the recipe but instead of vinegar and water I used the same amount pickle juice from the kosher dills as I like the flavor. Also packed the pickles in the jars with the juice instead of draining them. Makes a really good pickle.
This is another fantastic recipe Kittencal. I got the large dills of Vlassic and only made half the recipe. I am bringing these pickles to my parents for Xmas because I am sure they will love them too. Halving the recipe made 4 half pint jars. It really made 5 but I couldn't help myself munching them in the two days while they were sitting on my counter. Just so YUMMY !! Thanks again.
What a great sweet sour flavor these pickles have! I used large dills, halved the recipe. Thanks Kitz!