Full Sours

When I started canning, one of the first things I put up were dill pickles. I love making pickles, and I’ve always loved eating them, but for some reason I was never really very interested in eating the ones I made. It took a few years and a little bit of reading up on pickling to realize that I was doing it all wrong. The half-sour and full-sour (or kosher dill) pickles I grew up eating in New York did not come from a jar full of vinegar. Though there are countless recipes for “kosher dill” vinegar pickles out there,… Continue reading Full Sours

How to Pickle Without Vinegar

How to Pickle Without Vinegar by Emily Weller Vinegar-free pickles soak in a brine. Related Articles 1 Why Do We Soak Cucumbers in Water Overnight Prior to Pickling? 2 Can I Save Homemade Pickling Juice & Brine? 3 Must You Use Pickling Cucumbers to Make Pickles? 4 What Is the Purpose of Blanching Before Freezing? Although many recipes for homemade pickles call for using vinegar, the traditional method of pickling involves fermenting the vegetables. In fact, a pickle that has simply soaked in vinegar is technically not a pickle at all. Pickling without vinegar allows vegetables to naturally ferment through … Continue reading How to Pickle Without Vinegar

No-vinegar Dill Pickles

No-vinegar Dill Pickles By Jenny Sanders Photo by Jenny Sanders Prep Time: 30 mins Total Time: 1008 hrs 30 mins Serves: 30, Yield: 1 quart About This Recipe “Posted in response to a request for dill pickles made without vinegar. This recipe is per quart; make as many quarts as you like. These are excellent, and very easy to make. The hardest part about making pickles is scrubbing the cucumbers, and I’m not kidding. I prefer fairly small pickling cucumbers, and pay a premium to get them. Dump them in a sink, cover with cold water, then start fishing them out … Continue reading No-vinegar Dill Pickles

Sour pickles

Sour pickles are a mainstay at our summer dinner table.   Naturally fermented, sour pickles are rich in beneficial bacteria and food enzymes, offering a dairy-free source of probiotics. Vinegar pickles lack the beneficial bacteria and many of the heat-sensitive vitamins found in traditional, sour pickles.   You see, real pickles are naturally fermented through lactic acid fermentation – a process that conveys many benefits by encouraging the proliferation of beneficial bacteria. Just as unrefined sea salt is used to prepare a traditional sauerkraut, unrefined sea salt is likewise used to prepare traditional sour pickles.   While many traditionally fermented … Continue reading Sour pickles

Grandma Stuck’s Kosher Dills

Grandma Stuck’s Kosher Dills Prep 15 m Cook 20 m Ready In 30 d 35 m Recipe By:Dustin “A delicious recipe for making homemade kosher dills.” Ingredients 3 cups water 1 cup distilled white vinegar 1/4 cup salt 2 cloves garlic, or more to taste 2 sprigs fresh dill, or more to taste 3 small cucumbers, or to taste 3 (1 pint) canning jars with lids and rings, or as needed Directions Combine water, vinegar, and salt in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until salt is dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling … Continue reading Grandma Stuck’s Kosher Dills

Red-Hot Cinnamon Pickles

Red-Hot Cinnamon Pickles Prep 1 h Cook 2 h 15 m Ready In 3 d 14 h 15 m Recipe By:ShellyORN “These sweet and cinnamony pickles are a hit in our region, but we have an aunt from Kansas that remembers them from her childhood.” Ingredients 12 large cucumbers – peeled, seeded, and quartered lengthwise 1 cup pickling lime (calcium hydroxide) 1 gallon water 1 gallon cold water, or as needed to cover 1 3/4 cups white vinegar, divided 1 1/4 cups water, divided 12 1/2 ounces cinnamon red hot candies 1 1/2 teaspoons red food coloring 1/2 teaspoon alum … Continue reading Red-Hot Cinnamon Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles I

Bread and Butter Pickles I Prep 15 m Cook 10 m Ready In 25 m Recipe By:IRENERUSSELL “These pickles take two weeks in the refrigerator, but are well worth the wait.” Ingredients 6 small onions, sliced 1 teaspoon mustard seed 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon celery seed 1 cup white sugar 3 cups distilled white vinegar 1/3 cup coarse salt 6 cucumbers, sliced Directions In a large pan, combine the onions, mustard seed, turmeric and celery seed. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar and salt. Bring to a boil. Pour the boiling mixture into the pan with the … Continue reading Bread and Butter Pickles I

Microwave Bread-and-Butter Pickles

Microwave Bread-and-Butter Pickles Prep 15 m Ready In 1 h 15 m Recipe By:Lisa S. “Like a bread and butter pickle and really super easy. You can even play with the proportions a bit. I like to increase the vinegar, salt and spices a bit but you could make it sweeter too. Be prepared to make this one over and over if you have any pickle lovers in the house.” Ingredients 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup white vinegar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed 1/4 teaspoon celery seed 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 2 large English cucumbers, thinly sliced … Continue reading Microwave Bread-and-Butter Pickles

Spicy Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Spicy Refrigerator Dill Pickles Prep 15 m Ready In 10 d 2 h 15 m Recipe By:FAIRYFAHRENHOLZ “This is a wonderful, spicy dill pickle with a nice hint of sweetness. Plan to at least double the amount of crushed red pepper if you like it REALLY spicy…YUM!” Ingredients 12 3 to 4 inch long pickling cucumbers 2 cups water 1 3/4 cups white vinegar 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh dill weed 1/2 cup white sugar 8 cloves garlic, chopped 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt 1 tablespoon pickling spice 1 1/2 teaspoons dill seed 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to … Continue reading Spicy Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Refrigerator Pickles

Refrigerator Pickles Prep 15 m Ready In 1 h 15 m Recipe By:GARYR “This recipe was given to me by my late mother-in-law and makes use of the abundant summertime supply of cucumbers. A neighbor recently presented me with four five gallon buckets of cucumbers from his garden and I made pickles for the whole neighborhood. They will also stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2 1/2 to 3 weeks.” Ingredients 7 cups cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups white sugar 1 cup diced red onion 1 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 cup cider vinegar … Continue reading Refrigerator Pickles