Monday, August 19, 2013
Recipe: Dill Pickles
It's that time of year again...
Two things that are important to crisp dill pickles are (1) soaking the cukes for at least 2 hours in ice water, and (2) ensuring the brine is at a full boil before pouring over the dills.
8 pounds 3 to 4 inch long pickling cucumbers
4 cups white wine vinegar (5% acetic acid) Important don't use a less acetic vinegar
12 cups water
16 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
8 sprigs fresh dill weed
8 heads fresh dill weed
Wash cucumbers, and place in the sink with cold water and lots of ice cubes. Soak in ice water for at least 2 hours but no more than 8 hours. Refresh ice as required. Sterilize 8 - 1quart canning jars and lids in boiling water for at least 10 minutes
In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the vinegar, water, and pickling salt. Bring the brine to a rapid boil.
In each jar, place 2 half cloves of garlic, one head of dill, then enough cucumbers to fill the jar. Then add 2 more garlic halves, and 1 spring of dill. Fill jars with hot brine. Seal jars, making sure you have cleaned the jar's rims of any residue.
Process sealed jars in a boiling water bath. Process quart jars for 15 minutes.
Store pickles for a minimum of 8 weeks before eating. Refrigerate after opening.
Pickles will keep for 2 years if stored in a cool dry place.