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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Easy Dill Pickles

My daughter wanted to make pickles when she saw these small cucumbers at the Farmer's market a few weeks back. (we made them a few weeks ago) There are a couple of things I've never tried to do before canning is one of them. So I have never made pickles or jams, never really thought of it. I told her we could go ahead and make them if she found a recipe and helped. She came up with this one she found on (they had many) and I had all the ingredients (which is always a good thing). I only made a few tiny little changes.
One nice thing about this recipe is it make one quart. I think that was a reason why I've never made them before because I didn't want to make a ton and get stuck with trying to find a place to store them, or people to give them to. It's not like we have basements in Florida that work so well for storing canned goods. (I miss that)

1 1/2 tsp. dill seed
1 tsp. dill weed
1 1/2 tbsp. non-iodized salt
1 1/2 cloves garlic, sliced
2/3 c. white vinegar
My changes were: I added: 1 tsp of mustard seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 3 garlic cloves, 2 chili peppers
Recipe makes 1 quart. Wash and prick cucumbers with fork. Pack in 1 quart jars, sprinkle the spices over the cucumbers. Add vinegar, fill jars with hot tap water (leave some space). Tightly lids and shake to mix. Untighten lid. Cook in 250 degree oven 1 1/4 hours. Retighten lids. Cool on rack.

Viola - pickles!

They had a nice texture, a little tangy, which we liked. They weren't too garlicky even though I added a little more than it called for, and the chili peppers didn't make it spicy. The other spices gave it a nice warm interesting flavor. If you like a strong dill flavor then you can omit the coriander and peppers.
We didn't eat them right away we had them chill in the refrigerator for a couple of days. We will make these again! Maybe even try to pickle something else next...we're on a roll!


  1. What a lovely tangy pickle. When you meant bake them, you meant them in the canning jar,right?

  2. Yes, that's what I did, just put the whole jar in the oven with the lid loose on it. Pulled it out of the oven and tightened the lid and let it cool before I put it in the refrigerator.

  3. Oh wow, these look good. Never thought to bake them though. I'll have to try it!

  4. How fun! I love pickling stuff. If you ever get a chance, cornichon are fun to do, and they are so tiny, they would make great bento ingredients.

  5. Definitely going to try to make these too!

  6. Nothing compares to a fresh, home-made pickle! I didn't kmow you could bake them...would love to try this.

  7. Looks so yummy...if we get any cukes out of our garden I'll have to try this.

  8. Homemade preserve is a great idea, and you just found it works well without a proper storage! I love to try!!

  9. Betty Ray, I didn't know any better, just followed the recipe. :D It was easy!

    Sonoma Bento, sounds good, I'll have to try that.

    Martha, it's silly how easy it was.

    Cinnamon-Girl, you should try it.

    Julie, hope you get some cukes!

    the lacquer spoon, I know, it was nice being able to make just one jar.

  10. I made pickles for the first time last year, only a few bottles. Our big regret was that I did not make a lot more! This looks a very easy recipe. Diane

  11. Lovely pickle. Nice to be here. Can find some good international cuisine to try.

  12. What great timing. I've been looking around for a pickle recipe. 'Tis the season.

  13. Timely post--hubby and I were just talking about making our own pickles last night! Lovely photos, Lyndsey :)

  14. Diane, you must have a good recipe, was it easy?

    sanjeeta kk - thank you, glad you enjoy it.

    Devon - there are a lot of them out there. I know Girlichef and Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner recelntly posts some too. This one is a good one for first timers!

    Jenn - great minds :-) Thanks that means alot from you after seeing all your gorgeous photos!

  15. I love pickles! I'd make some, but the smell of the brine would make my husband scream and run far, far away.

  16. TKW - Lol! You can't have that! This wasn't that smelly since it was one jar that was covered and put in the oven...we opened the jar when my husband was at work. :)

  17. I love pickles, I've just never made them. It would be fun to try different spice combinations for them! My new favorite are the sweet and spicy from Famous Daves! Thanks!

  18. I love pickles with meat! I should really try to make some myself!

  19. Too garlicky...I don't understand...ha! These sound great, love the chile addition =)

  20. Love these pickles Lyndsey! gloria

  21. How fun! We used to have a big garden and my dad would make his own pickles. Those were great times.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* HH

  22. Debbi - They are too easy not too!

    pigpigscorner - yes great with meat and easy to make!

    girlichef - ha! I know isn't it nice to make them the way you like them? :D

    Gloria - thanks so much!

  23. very intersting pickle recipe...would love to giv a try dear.

  24. Nice recipe...I have never pickled anything, but I remember my Grandma's, yum:)

  25. It is wonderful to involve your daughter in such activities :) They are perfect to go into a homemade burger!

  26. The look great and a must try! Thanks for the recipe!

  27. I love to have these pickles on my sandwiches. I love anything pickled! Maybe you can try scallion pickles as well. It tastes pretty awesome too if you add in a few spoons of sugar. Yum.... salivating! hehe.... Hope you're enjoying your day, there.
    Cheers, Kristy

  28. Oh does that bring back memories my mom always made pickles when I was a kid - I think I'll have to try your recipe!!!

  29. That is great that you can make just a quart at a time. When my children were younger and of course lived at home, was no problem making a bunch of pickles but now just the two of us don't need to, husband doesn't care for pickles. I will be going and picking up some little cucumbers and giving this a try. Thanks

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