My kids are huge pickle lovers, and they are particularly fond of my homemade pickles. Only through strict rationing does one summer's harvest last through the whole year! Thankfully, these are very easy to make:
Dill Pickles (very similar in flavor to Vlasic Dill Stackers)
(makes about 7 quarts)
10 cups water
2 cups white vinegar
½ cup pickling salt
Mix these together in a large pot and bring to a boil.
Into each quart canning jar, place:
2 cloves garlic
2 heads dill
Cucumbers to fill jar (this recipe works for slices or spears equally well)
Pour vinegar water over cucumbers in each jar, leaving ½ inch headspace. Process 7-10 minutes in a boiling water canner.
(If you have the space, these are good uncooked. Simply store them in the refrigerator until cured. They stay nice and crispy, and have a more cucumber-y flavor)
Since we all know our gardens don't produce by the canner load, sometimes you end up with half a jar of cucumbers, or one jar extra. Instead of wasting that half jar, or boiling a whole canner of water for just one jar, you can prepare the amount you do have (combine dill, garlic, cucumbers, and brine in the jar - just make sure you have enough brine to cover your cukes) and put them in the fridge until you get more. You can even half-fill your jars, store them, and fill them up later.
This post is part of the Homestead Barn Hop at New Life on a Homestead