Yelton Manor B&B’s daily “Beach Break” snacks always include our best home canned pickles! OH what a happy day when the organic farmers at South Haven’s Farm Market bring in Kirby pickling cukes, fresh with the morning dew still on them, and lovely dill! I am always excited to make these absolutely delicious, crunchy, zesty dill pickles.
This recipe is adapted from a great little preserving book called “Food in Jars” by Marisa Mcclellan. She teaches the secret that to keep these pickles firm and crunchy, not soggy, you must trim the blossom end of the Kirby cucumber. Our pickles are always crunchy now that we know this handy trick!!
I make huge batches (multiply by 4-6) but the original recipe is as follows: 2 cups apple cider vinegar, 3 tsp pickling salt, 8 organic garlic cloves, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 4 tsp. dill seed, 2 tsp black peppercorns, 1 pint pickling cucumbers.
Of course, wash and dry your lovely fresh cucumbers. *KISS!*
Sterilize all your jars and utensils, either in your water bath pot or simply by washing through a hot dishwasher cycle.
I like to use heads of fresh dill, straight from the garden. Dill seed is a perfect substitute if you wish. Don’t use the fronds of dill weed as they will make your brine murky after processing.
Combine the vinegar with equal parts water and the salt. Bring to a boil.
Trim the garlic, the cukes and the dill seed heads. Per pint, add 2 garlic cloves, 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, the flower heads or 1 tsp. dill seed, 1/2 tsp. black peppercorns.
Pack the cukes firmly into the jars. Don’t damage them but do try to wedge them nicely in.
Slowly pour the hot brine over the cukes, into the jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Tap out bubbles, wipe rims, seal and add rings.
If you get small cucumbers it’s nice to be able to keep them whole. But if you must slice them into spears, pay close attention to the 5 minute processing time so that they do not get flimsy.
Let cure at least a week before eating.
Use up within the year.
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