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A Day in the Life of a Canadian Girl: Dill Pickles

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Dill Pickles

So this weekend I found myself doing a lot of canning. I wasn't planning on doing any. Until I went to a local market called Farmer Jack's and saw what beautiful produce they had. I ended up buying 2 pints of raspberries, a small basket of blueberries, large basket of pickling cucumbers and a large bunch of fresh dill.

The first item on the agenda was dill pickles. This is the recipe that I used:

2 tbsp Mixed pickling spices
3 cup White distilled vinegar
3 cup Water
6 tbsp Sugar
6 tbsp Pickling or coarse salt
10 4-inch-long pickling cucumbers
4 Fresh or dried dill seed heads
4 Cloves garlic

In small piece of double-thick cheesecloth, tie pickling spices to form a small bag.
In stainless-steel 3-quart saucepan, heat spice bag, vinegar, water, sugar, and salt to boiling.
Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer vinegar mixture, or brine, 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare 2 wide-mouth 1-quart canning jars and caps for processing.
Pack lightly into hot jars; place 2 dill seed heads, 2 cloves garlic into each jar.
Discard spice bag from brine.
Ladle simmering brine over cucumbers, leaving ½ inch space at the top of jar.
Keep brine simmering while filling both jars.
Place small knife or metal spatula between cucumbers and inside of jar.
Move knife around jar to release any air bubbles that may exist.
Seal jars with caps.
Place jars on rack in 12-quart canner filled with boiling water (water should cover top of jars by an inch); cover canner and process jars 15 minutes.
Cool jars; label and store in cool, dark place at least 2 months before serving.
Store opened jar of pickles in the refrigerator.

I ened up multipling the recipe x5 to make a large batch as this recipe makes 2 500mL jars. I also like to use brine recipes that calls for pickling spices. I think it adds so much more flavour. There was some extra brine so it used it and made pickled eggs! Yum!

Tomorrow I will talk about the 2 recipes that I used with the wonderful local fruit that I purchased.


Blogger Some person said...

Thomas Brothers is just a little further down the road from Farmer Jack's and I think the prices are better. But they arent open year round. Your pickles look great!

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