You can use any small kind of cucumbers for pickling. The ultimate best one would be the Boston Pickling cucumber.
First, you’ll prep the jars with an easy step for the canning process:The first thing that I always do before canning is to boil the jars and the lids. This hot water bath process loosens jar lids so when they cool, they’ll tighten onto the jar over time, and the hot jars themselves are cleaned wholly by the boiling process. This adds only 10 minutes to the processing time and is a simple step that everyone has the supplies for.
Speaking of supplies, here’s what you’ll need before you gather your ingredients:Three jars, 500mL each to fit each ingredient, the cucumbers, and the vinegar brine. A large pot with a lid to boil the jars and their lids in. A wire rack for boiling once more. Crisp pickles always turn out when you make this recipe right. Any air bubbles in the jars will disappear and the center of the lid will pop down over time, so when you find these in your pantry, you can open up the jar like it’s brand new and munch on some crunchy dill pickles.
Homemade dill pickles > store bought dill pickles, and here’s why:These easy dill pickles are ones that I’d munch on any day. Store bought pickles do not rent space in my pantry. At the grocery store, so many jars have a large list of ingredients with preservatives, additives, natural flavors (which we don’t even know what this could be!), and worst of all, yellow food coloring. Why wash out the natural shade of a pickle? Why should it be yellow when pickled? That’s largely unnatural. Pickle recipes like this one are easy to make and this way, you know what you’re putting into your body and how good it is.
You’ll need dill stems, with… flowers?That’s right! A dill seed not only makes for tasty stems, but also flowers! These sweet little flowers may not actually taste sweet, but they’re too cute. Along with dill stems, the fresh dill heads add to the dill pickle flavor that’s classic and well loved. Homemade pickles always trumps store bought, and natural, garden grown dill is one of the many ingredients that make the canning process turn out the most delicious jars of pickles.
Ingredients for Dill PicklesCucumbers naturally are what makes pickles, of course! You’ll need 3 lbs small cucumbers. Peppercorn, bay leaves, dill stems, and garlic all add flavor and spice to the pickles. Water and distilled white vinegar are always needed for pickling. Sugar and pickling salt add the perfect touch of sweetness and the perfect salty touch to these whole pickles.
Canned Dill Pickles
- Large pot
- 3 lbs small cucumbers
- 2 tsp peppercorn, 5-7 per jar
- 3 bay leaves, 1 per jar
- 3 dill stems, with flowers, 1 per jar
- 6 cloves garlic, halved, 2 per jar
- 4 cups water
- 3 cups distilled white vinegar, 5%
- 3 Tbsp pickling salt
- 4 Tbsp salt
- In a large pot, place jars and lids, add water, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Divide the bay leaves, peppercorn, and dill stem and put them on the bottom of 3 jars.
- Place cucumbers into the jars.
- Pour water, vinegar, sugar, and salt into a medium pot. Bring it to a boil and pour this mixture over cucumbers (leave about ½ inch empty at the top)
- Tighten lids on jars.
- Place jars into a big pot (with a wire rack). Add boiling hot water to cover jars. Boil for 15 minutes.
- Take the jars out of water. Leave for 24 hours at room temperature.