Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Enough with the Depressing Family Crap - Have a Pickle!

I have NEVER had so many cucumbers as this summer.  

Really there's only so much you can do with cucumbers.  But there are a lot of ways to make pickles.  I've made sweet spicy pickles (I also have a lot of jalapenos in the garden)  Today - Spicy Garlicky Pickles!

About 10 medium sized Cucumbers, quartered.  (I cut the spears in half because I didn't have quart jars and this way they fit in pint jars)
1 jalapeno, seeded and sliced
6 cloves of garlic
3 sprigs of fresh dill
1 tsp dill seed
1/2 tsp turmeric
3 tbl Kosher or pickling salt
1/4 Cup sugar
2 Cups white vinegar
Pickle Crisp Granules (optional but it does keep them from getting soggy)

Bring vinegar, 1/4 Cup water,  sugar, salt and spices to a boil.

Sterilize 3 pint jars.  Fill each with 2 cloves garlic, 1 sprig of fresh dill, 1/3 of the chopped jalapenos and 1/8 tsp Pickle Crisp.  Then pack cucumber spears in tightly.  You may or may not get ten cucumbers in the jars.  Honestly  I didn't count and it depends upon the size of the cucumber.  If you have left over cucumbers, make a salad or something. Fill the jars with the boiling vinegar mixture.  Cover cucumbers and leave about 1/4 inch space from top.  Water bath 5 minutes.

I swear my mouth is watering just writing about this but they say you should wait a couple of weeks. 


  1. I'm making pickles from my cucumber abundance! Yum. Also salads with cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, basaltic vineagrette or add cilantro, jalepeno, corn and black beans, cumin, salt and pepper for a Mexican salad...a cucumber a day keeps the doctor away?

  2. That Mexican salad sounds good. Cilantro, black beans and corn - what's not to like?