Recipe by Jenny Sanders
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.
Top Review by caa24caa
I have not tried this recipe yet. I would like to share my tip for cleaning cucumbers. I use a sponge designed for non-stick cookware. When wet they curve around the cukes nicely and are just right for washing away all those pesky little pricklys. CAA
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon mixed pickling spices
- 1 clove garlic (optional)
- 1 quart fresh small pickling cucumber
- 1 -2 head of fresh green dill seed
- filtered water, at room temperature
Directions See How It's Made
- Put the quart jar (s) in a large pot, cover and bring to a boil.
- Boil them for 10 minutes.
- Remove and empty them.
- Put the salt, spices and garlic in the bottom of a sterilized quart jar.
- The amount listed is for one jar.
- Add a little water to dissolve the salt.
- Pack- I say PACK!
- -with cucumbers and a couple heads of dill, as tightly as possible, without breaking the cucumbers.
- Leave a little headroom.
- Fill up with water, leaving 1" headroom at the top.
- Cap lightly for 24 hours, then tighten and store for 6 weeks in a cool dark place.
- Use sterilized lids and rings to cap.
- (Boil both for 5 minutes.).
- Place on newspaper in case they leak while fermenting.
- Store in a cool dark spot- a basement is ideal.
- I make these every year for fear that my father might disown me if I failed to make him 6 or 8 jars for his Christmas present.