Crispy Dill Pickles

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I’ve only made refrigerator pickles once, but I decided to try my hand at canning some crispy dill pickles when I was walking through the farmer’s market and saw a 5 lb bag of pickling cucumbers for only $5! I absolutely love a dill pickle on my burger, and I’m thinking these will be tasty and crispy enough to just eat right out of the jar as a snack! Crispy Dill Pickles

Crispy Dill Pickles

  • 5 lbs pickling cucumbers
  • 16 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 large bunch of fresh dill
  • 4 cups water
  • 2¾ cups pickling vinegar (7% acetic acid)
  • 1/3 cup pickling (coarse) salt
  • Bernardin Pickle Crisp®, optional
  • Whole peppercorns or other pickling seasonings, optional
  • 4 Bernardin Smooth 1 litre jars

I started by filling my canning pot almost completely full of water, with the rack inside, and getting it on high heat, as I knew it would take a long time to bring to a full boil. I don’t often use 1 litre jars to can, as I’m canning and preserving things like jam that I don’t need a litre of at a time. Crispy Dill Pickles

I dumped my pickling cukes in a sink full of cold water as I was getting the rest of my items organized, and let them soak a bit. I’m glad I did as the water was pretty dirty after, so I continued to scrub every cucumber in preparation for pickling them—this was the most time-consuming task, the rest was very easy. Next, I placed 4 garlic cloves into each litre jar along with quite a lot of pieces of dill, ¼ teaspoon of Pickle Crisp®, if you wish, as well as a few whole peppercorns, whole coriander seed, or whole allspice, etc. as you want. I packed the cucumbers as tight as I could into the jars (start with the big ones and use the smaller ones to fill the gaps) and then I prepared my brine. Combine the water, vinegar and salt in a large sauce pan on high heat and bring to a light boil, stirring so the salt can dissolve. Make sure brine is clear and then ladle the hot brine over the packed cucumber jars and leave ½”/1 cm headspace. Process in the boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes, remove from heat and place jars on towel to cool. Pickles will taste their best at least 3-4 weeks before opening.

Crispy Dill Pickles

Crispy Dill Pickles
 
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Crispy and flavourful dill pickles fresh from the garden or farmers market are easy and fun to make!
Ingredients
  • 5 lbs pickling cucumbers
  • 16 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 large bunch of fresh dill
  • 4 cups water
  • 2¾ cups pickling vinegar (7% acetic acid)
  • ⅓ cup pickling (coarse) salt
  • Bernardin Pickle Crisp®, optional
  • Whole peppercorns or other pickling seasonings, optional
  • 4 Bernardin Smooth 1 litre jars
Instructions
  1. Fill canning pot almost completely full of water with the rack inside, and boil on high heat.
  2. Scrub cucumbers clean.
  3. Place 4 garlic cloves into each litre jar along with quite a few of pieces of dill, ¼ teaspoon of Pickle Crisp® if you wish as well as a few whole peppercorns, whole coriander seed, or whole allspice, etc. as you want
  4. Pack the cucumbers as tight as you can into the jars (start with the big ones and use the smaller ones to fill the gaps).
  5. To make your brine: combine the water, vinegar and salt in a large sauce pan on high heat and bring to a light boil, stirring so the salt can dissolve
  6. Make sure brine is clear and then ladle the hot brine over the packed cucumber jars and leave ½"/1 cm headspace.
  7. Put lids and rings on jars and process in the boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes, remove from heat and place jars on towel to cool. Pickles will taste their best at least 3-4 weeks before opening.

Crispy Dill Pickles

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I'm a nurse who married a farmer and I'm a boy mom of 3 to Braden, Ethan and Jonathan. I love blogging about family life, farming, recipes and embracing my role as farm wife and mom. I'm knee-deep in tractors, trains and trucks and I'm often seen with my camera in my hands catching life's moments.

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