Crisp, tangy garlic dill pickles. If your tap water is hard, use filtered water. Cutting off the ends of the cucumbers removes an enzyme that may cause them to become soft. Don't worry if the garlic turns blue or green in the jar. It's only the effect of the vinegar on the natural pigments in the garlic and will not affect quality or flavor. Pickling salt is different than other salts, don't substitute or you may not like the result. Ball Pickle Crisp is flavorless and almost guarantees crisp pickles. Follow package directions for how much for your jar size. There are powdered and granulated versions, both are excellent, but vary in quantity to use. Strain out the dill weed once it has flavored the brine, as it is unpleasant to the mouth.