National Pickle Day has arrived, and when was the last time you made pickles at home?
As well, preparing pickles yourself gives such a sense of accomplishment, and beefs up your Winter season cooking repertoire.
Pickling renders a tangy result with flavors intensified and has, for many, many years been a dependable method of preserving foods.
After filling jars, adding brine, spices & herbs, the lid & rings are applied, and the jars are processed in hot water inside of a canner.
How to Can Pickles:
One of my recipes for canning dill pickles follows.
Type: Snack Recipe
Serve with: burgers or all by themselves
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time (brine): 10 – 15 min
Can Time: 10 – 15 min
Cool Time: 1 hr
Age Time: 1 month
Yields: Seven 1 litre jars
- 5 lbs of 4 inch pickling cucumbers
- 7 dill crowns + 7 dill stems
- 7 tsp + 1/3 cup pickling spices
- 7 one inch pieces horseradish
- 7 tsp mustard seeds
- 7 tsp dill seeds
- 7 small chilis
- 7 cloves garlic
- 4 cups cider or pickling vinegar
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 cup pickling salt
- Wash about 5 lbs of 4 inch pickling cucumbers, and place in very cold water overnight.
- Into each sterilized, hot jar, put a dill crown & stem, 1 tsp pickling spices, 1″ horseradish, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp dill seeds, 1 small chili, a clove of garlic & prepared brine. * Tip: Have brine ready to fill jars.
- To prepare brine, in a large pot, combine and bring to a boil cider or pickling vinegar, water & 1/3 cup pickling spices. Bring up to a boil and turn down to a simmer until all the salt is dissolved.
- Pack cucumbers into jars.
- Fill each jar with brine up to 1/2 inch from the top.
- Apply lids & rings.
- Place in a canner with hot water, enough to come up to jar tops.
- After the water boils, reduce heat to a simmer for 10 – 15 min.
- Remove from canner & place jars on a thick towel on the counter & cover with a towel.
- Once cool, store in a dark, dry location for at least 1 month before eating.
Now, you can celebrate National Pickle Day with a great, big smile knowing your pickles will be ready in only 1 month from now, if you go ahead and use this recipe.
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