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Garlicky Dill Pickles

My first canning experience all by myself I made a huge batch of dill pickles.  Dill Pickles Recipe – Allrecipes.com gave me all the guidance I needed.  These pickles turned out great.  Crunchy and garlicky, I can eat them one after the other.  If you don’t care for garlic cut the amount in half or leave it out.

Homemade pickles are so much better and cost-effective.  If you have never canned just start with a small batch and have some fun.  The kids get a great kick out of canning and making their own pickles.

Garlicky Dill Pickles:

  • 8 lbs. pickling cucumbers 3-4 inches long
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 12 cups water
  • 2/3 cup pickling salt
  • 16 cloves of garlic, peeled and halved
  • 8 sprigs fresh dill
  • 8 heads fresh dill

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 (1 quart) 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 (about 1 pound). Then add 2 more garlic halves, and 1 sprig 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 up to 2 years if stored in a cool dry place.

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Crisp Pickled Green Beans

Crispy crunchy pickled green beans, a great snack. Forget the choice and pass the green beans. Not too often you will hear that. Crisp Pickled Green Beans Recipe – Allrecipes.com was the recipe I used.  This was the perfect pickled flavor I have tried yet.  Not too sour and of course I had to add garlic to each jar, which turned out wonderful.

I think any canned food especially pickled items make great gifts.  House warming presents or a Christmas gift for a neighbor can be done ahead of time during the summer when vegetables are plentiful.  Get out there and can something.

Crispy Pickled Green Beans

 

Crisp Pickled Green Beans:

  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 2 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup salt (canning or pickling salt is best)
  • 1-4 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 bunch fresh dill weed
  • 3/4 tsp red pepper flakes, optional

 

Sterilize 3 pint jars with rings and lids and keep hot. Trim green beans to 1/4 inch shorter than your jars.

In a large saucepan, stir together the vinegar, water and salt. Add garlic and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. In each jar, place 1 sprig of dill and 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Pack green beans into the jars so they are standing on their ends.  I added 1 clove of peeled garlic in each jar.

Ladle the boiling brine into the jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the tops. Discard garlic. Seal jars with lids and rings. Place in a hot water bath so they are covered by 1 inch of water. Simmer but do not boil for 10 minutes to process. Cool to room temperature. Test jars for a good seal by pressing on the center of the lid. It should not move. Refrigerate any jars that do not seal properly. Let pickles ferment for 2 to 3 weeks before eating.

 

Pickled Dill Carrots

After pickling green beans and pickles last year, I wanted to expand my canning and try something new.  I had tasted a pickled dill carrot at a friend’s house and to be honest with you had never thought to do carrots.  I went searching for pickled carrots and found Dilled Carrots | Cooking Mamas.

As it turns out it is nearly the exact recipe I use for pickles and beans.  They look tasty and can’t wait to update you when I open a jar.  Unfortunately it will take at least 2 weeks before they are ready.

Pickled Dill Carrots:Dill Pickled Carrots

  • 6 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup pickling or canning salt
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 17 heads fresh dill or 1/2 tsp of dill seed per jar
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes per jar, optional
  • About 5 lbs. carrots, baby or sliced

Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.

In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine vinegar, water and salt. Stir well and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve salt.

Place 1/2 to 1 clove of garlic, 1 head of dill and 1/2 tsp of hot pepper flakes, if using, in each hot jar. Slice carrots into sticks that work with the mason jars you have, allowing for the tops to sit 1/2″ below the last jar thread. Pack carrots into hot jars and top with second head of dill.

Ladle hot brine into jars to cover carrots, leaving 1/2″ head space.  Wipe the rims and center the lids on jars.  Attach the screw band until tight.

Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove canner lid.  Remove jars to a towel and allow to cool completely and store.

Dill Pickled Carrots

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