I have been making this recipe for many years and have had excellent success each and every time. They stay nice and crunchy for a long time.
- 8 lbs young fresh dill cucumbers
- 8 large dill weed, heads and stems
- 5 large carrots, peeled and sliced into wedges
- 20 garlic cloves
- 4 medium jalapeno peppers (optional)
- 12 pieces horseradish root
- 3 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 1⁄2 cups white vinegar
- 4 tablespoons pickling salt or 4 tablespoons coarse salt
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- PREPARATION OF DILL CUKES THE NIGHT BEFORE.
- Remove blossom ends and stems and discard.
- Place dill cukes into a large tub or a clean laundry tub.
- Cover with cold water.
- Add 2 bags of ice cubes or 1 block of ice.
- Let chill overnight.
- In a cooking pot, add water, vinegar, pickling salt and brown sugar and bring to boil.
- Boil for 2 minutes.
- Prepare 4- 1 quart wide mouth canning jars by washing well with soap and water and then rinsing well with hot water.
- Place jars upside down on the rack in the oven and heat at 325 F for about 15 minutes.
- Wash and drain dill cukes.
- Place 1 dill head and stem in the bottom of each jar.
- Stuff the jars with cukes, vertically.
- Stuff a few sliced carrots, 5 garlic cloves and 4 horseradish pieces in the voids between the cukes in each jar.
- Stuff one Jalapeno pepper into each jar.
- Place another dill head and stem on top of the cukes in each jar.
- Fill jars with hot brine to within 1/2" of top of jars.
- Make sure that none of the dill head is touching the top of the jar.
- Push the dill heads down if necessary.
- Wipe tops of jars clean.
- Prepare canning lids according to manufacturers instructions.
- Place lids on jars and screw on screw tops finger tight only.
- Prepare a canner and bring water to a boil.
- Place jars in rack with lids up and immerse in the boiling water.
- Boil or process for 10 minutes.
- Remove jars onto a dish towel and cover with another dish towel to cool.
- Jars are sealed when the lids pop and are concave (curved down).
- Should any jar not seal, just remove the lid and discard and place another prepared lid and repeat the process.
- When cooled and sealed, label jars and store in a cool, dark place.
- Allow 4 to 5 weeks for flavors to develop before using.
- This recipe makes 4- 1 quart jars and requires 12 to 16 dill cukes for each quart depending on the size of the cukes.
- Dill cukes should be 4" to 5" long and as fresh as possible.