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Today was flea market day in our house. I absolutely love when we find awesome deals and today was no exception. We ran into our favorite veggie vendors at the market and they gave me an amazing deal on some baby cucumbers. So, I had to make a batch of pickles! I have three little pickle monsters here at home and making my own is so much better than buying them in the store. I know what is in them and it is much more budget friendly. All together, it was just under three hours work and a ton of fun! So, if you are a huge pickle family like we are, then this is a DIY project for you!
For canning, I use a Ball kit like this
. It has everything you need except the jars
, and labels
. I highly recommend it. It works more than just for pickles, so if you want to start canning, this is the set for you.
What you will need to make Dill Pickles.
Cucumbers (small, do not use regular size)
*You can either make your own pickling spice or buy the pre-made. I use the Ball brand.
First, make your brine. To do this, combine:
1 1/4 c. sugar
4 1/4 c. vinegar
1/2 c. canning salt
4 c. water
Set aside the solution.
To begin, your jars need to be washed and sterilized. I use a mix of pint and quart jars. This way, I can make chips and whole pickles. It is up to you which jars you use.
Next, slice up all of your pickles and set them aside. You do want to chop off the blossom end of the cucumber because it will make your cucumbers soft otherwise. So, just cut it off and discard.
Now, it is time to prepare your jars. Add 1/2 tsp pickling spice
to each pint jar. Then add one stem of dill. Into each jar, slice up a small onion and one clove of garlic and they are ready to go!
Heat your vinegar/sugar solution on the stove until it boils and all the sugar is melted. While it is heating, pack your jars with pickles. Then, fill each jar with the pickling brine. The brine should cover the pickles. Place the lid on the jars and tightly cover.
Next, put the filled jars into a water bath and bring the water to a full, rolling boil. Turn off heat and let the jars sit in the hot water for five minutes, then remove. The jars will seal as they cool.
I use Ball Dissolvable Labels
on my jars. I love that after the jars are used, the labels easily come off in the dishwasher.
This is a super easy recipe and can be tweaked to fit your tastes! After you make them, wait about four weeks before you enjoy them. You want to give them some time to get their flavor!