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How to make basic dill pickles
July 16th, 2010 10:05 pm ET By Brad Sylvester, Manchester Green Living Examiner
Homemade dill pickles are a favorite low calorie snack food. Growing your own food and preserving it for the winter season is an important aspect of eating locally and living a more green lifestyle. The typical 2-3 inch dill pickle has less than 10 calories!
The key to keeping your pickles crisp is icing down the cucumbers before preparing them. cucumbers start coming ripe in Photo: Brad Sylvester
Mid-July is the time when pickling New Hampshire. Depending upon
your location, that may seem kind of late, but remember that the median last day of frost in Central New Hampshire is May 20th. Choosing a cucumber variety for pickling I grow the 'Bush Pickle' variety of cucumbers. Pickling cucumber varieties tend to grow a larger number of pickles than ordinary cucumber plants, so you'll get a higher yield of pickling cukes with dedicated plants than by just picking regular cucumbers while they are very small. Because pickles take a long time to cure, pick the pickling cucumbers often and make small batches whenever there are enough. That way once the first batch is ready, you’ll have more coming ready every week or so as more cucumbers reach pickling size. This dill pickle recipe is completely scalable, so feel free to double it or scale it up as needed to accommodate your cucumber harvest. Dill pickle ingredients One pound of pickling cucumbers (from your garden) Ice enough to cover cucumbers for two hours 1.5 cups water 1.5 cups white vinegar (approximately 5-6% acid) 1 cloves garlic (1 clove per jar up to one quart size) 2.5 tablespoons canning salt (pure salt with nothing added- check the ingredients list on your salt. If there’s anything other than salt, buy canning/ pickling salt instead) 1 fresh dill heads (from your herb garden) 1 fresh dill sprigs (from your herb garden)
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if you like baby dill pickles or very small. Don’t freeze them. Allow to boil for a full fifteen minutes. Preparing the pickling jars and lids While the cucumbers are on ice. Then. lengthwise and then quarter them by making another lengthwise cut down the center of each half. because the alternative. whole cucumbers made into pickles. just keep them cold. A pint jar will hold just about one snack sized serving for two people. If you like dill pickle spears then you’ll want to wait until they are just about one to one and a half inches shorter than the canning jar in which they’ll be placed. or as big as store-bought baby dill pickles. Pickle batch size I prefer to use two . Bring to full boil. first wash the jars and lids with soapy water. leaves me stuck making a second batch which produces even more waste since it is difficult to make very small quantities. You’re going to be processing the final product in boiling water and the cold temperature of the cucumbers will help keep them from cooking through and turning mushy. As soon as you pick the pickling cucumbers.. Cover and leave the jars in the boiled water until you are ready to fill them. 2 of 6 1/28/2011 4:24 PM . To do this. wash them with cold water and soap. not having enough. Pickling equipment list Soap and water for washing cucumbers 1 large bowl for icing cucumbers 1 quart glass canning jar 2 self sealing canning jar lids with rings 1 large pot .com/green-living-in-manchester/how-to-make-basic.one pint canning jars for this recipe.examiner. If you’re making pickle spears then cut each cucumber into halves. Cover completely with water. sterilize your pickling jars. First.How to make basic dill pickles . The exact amount of pickling brine that you need will vary by the volume of the pickles.use only if making pickle spears) Tongs for removing hot jars from boiling water Stirring spoon Label tape and marker (optional) When to pick cucumbers for pickling There are two strategies for determining when the cucumbers are ready to be picked.Manchester Green Living | Examiner. If you use two pint jars. Place the washed jars and self-sealing canning jar lids in the large pot. then you’ll want to pick the cucumbers when they are just about two inches long. select smaller pickles and add another clove of garlic and more dill for each jar. immediately place them in a large bowl full of ice and cold water for at least two full hours.big enough to completely submerge jars and lids 1 small pot for boiling brine solution Knife (optional . Be sure to rinse them thoroughly to remove every trace of soap. Getting the cucumbers ready for pickling The fresher the cucumbers are. the better the pickles will turn out. Rinse very thoroughly to remove all soap.. before removing off heat. but most prefer the quart size. Try to time it so that the jars need not sit for more than thirty minutes after being sterilized. I usually make just a little too much.com http://www.
If you live at a higher elevation. check each jar for a proper seal.examiner.com http://www. This is especially useful if you are making pickles regularly throughout the summer to keep track of each batch. don’t re-tighten or you’ll never get them open once they cool. Pour hot pickling brine into each jar to completely cover cucumbers and other ingredients. Once the jar is opened the pickles will keep for about three weeks in the refrigerator. Brine solution should be about one quarter inch from the top of the jar. Be sure to the pickles refrigerated once the jar has been opened. Place pot on heat and bring to a full boil. If the lid pops up and down with pressure. Mark each jar with the date it was prepared. Preparing the pickling brine solution Mix water. and canning salt together in the small pot. It takes about eight weeks for the pickles to cure fully. it is not sealed.. Fill each jar with whole pickling cucumbers or cucumber spears.How to make basic dill pickles . Stir until canning salt is fully dissolved. Do not store them in the refrigerator. Place one sprig of fresh dill in the bottom of each jar.com/green-living-in-manchester/how-to-make-basic. Bring the water to a boil and let the sealed jars boil for 15-20 minutes. because water boils at a slightly lower temperature at higher elevations. Rinse off the fresh dill. Allow the jars to cool to room temperature on the counter for about 24 hours. Place one half clove of garlic slices in the base of each jar. Sealing and processing the pickling jars Remove the canning jar covers and rings from the boiling water. Place half of one clove of garlic slices on top of pickles in each jar. Cooling and curing your dill pickles Carefully remove the jars from the boiling water with the tongs. Note that they will take up much more space than they did before so adjust the amount of water in the large pan before adding the jars. Press down on the center of the dome lid with your finger. so set them aside in a cool dry spot out of direct sunshine. Don’t over-tighten. Time this step so that the brine solution is ready only after the pickling cucumbers have been in ice water for two hours or more. white vinegar. Important safety information 3 of 6 1/28/2011 4:24 PM . Touch only the outside of the jar. When you are ready to enjoy them. but no longer bubbling when it is poured over the cucumbers. pop them in the refrigerator to chill them or eat them at room temperature if you prefer. Tighten it normally. Unopened jars of pickles processed this way should last about two years.. Carefully place the sealing covers over the top of the jar. Although the next step may cause the metal rings to expand and see a bit looser. Place the ring over the lid and screw it down by hand. go about 5 minutes longer for every 2000 feet. Peel and slice one clove of garlic for each jar. Place the sealed jars back in the large pan. Packing them tightly will help them stay completely submerged in the brine. Place the fresh dill head on top of cucumbers in each jar. and must be discarded. Curing time and expiration date for dill pickles After eight weeks you pickles are ready. You’ll want the pickling brine to still be near boiling hot. Make sure the jars are completely submerged in the water. Canning the pickles Remove the jars from the boiling water with the tongs.Manchester Green Living | Examiner. Once they are fully cooled. It is important to leave this head room. Make sure they are centered and making good contact between the glass and the rubberized portion of the lid all the way around. Use a pot holder or towel to hold them from below so they don’t slip out of the tongs and break all over the counter. Pack them in tightly. but don’t crush them. so that you‘ll know when they are ready.
When in doubt. sealing and boiling water processing is essential..com http://www. Shocking Results Exposed Report 4 of 6 1/28/2011 4:24 PM . If the lid becomes raised so that it can be depressed or popped down with finger pressure at any time during the curing or storage process. Charlotte: Do You Smoke Cigarettes? If Yes.. Any visible mold. of course.. or black growth inside the jar or on the rubber ring during storage or upon opening is also cause for discarding the pickles. throw it out.examiner. Vinegar is highly acidic so pressure canning is not required.Manchester Green Living | Examiner. everything that comes out of boiling water is very hot and may stay that way for quite some time. but proper sterilization.. If this happens discard the contents of the jar.com/green-living-in-manchester/how-to-make-basic.How to make basic dill pickles . And. Improperly sealed pickles should be discarded. you have either lost the seal or there is bacteria growing inside the jar. this should not be a problem. If properly sealed and processed per the directions above. Then You May Qualify for a Free Electronic Cigarette Trial? Dermatologists Hate Her Local Mom Reveals $5 Trick to Erase Wrinkles. use proper precautions. Slideshow: Pickling in pictures eating locally Food Preservation Gardening Green Living home canning Recipes Can $97 Really Turn Into $6795? We investigated work at home jobs and what we found will shock you.
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