Dill Pickles

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With over 6 gallons of Bread and Butter Pickles in my root cellar, I decided to try a new pickle recipe – Dill.  My handy cook book even had a couple variations of Dill pickles – regular and kosher.  I haven’t the slightest idea how one is more kosher than the other, but it doesn’t matter much.

All dill pickle recipes seem to call for those tiny 3-4 inch dills.  Honestly, who picks them when they’re that size?  And how many plants do you have to have to get enough cucumbers to make a batch?

dill pickles

Instead of those tiny pickles, I started with my regular, large sized cucumbers and cut them into spears.  Then I simply packed the spears into the jars, just like I was working with the smaller cucumbers.

dill pickles

Give it a try yourself.  You’ll love how easy these basic dill pickles are to make.

Ingredients:

  • Enough cucumbers to fill 10 pint jars (varies depending on size of cucumbers)
  • 10 heads fresh dill
  • 5 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 5 tablespoons pickling salt
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 4 cups water

Instructions:

  1. Rinse, scrub and slice cucumbers.
  2. Pack loosely in pint jars (or jar size of your choice).
  3. In each pint jar add 2 heads fresh dill and 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed.
  4. Make brine from vinegar, water and pickling salt.
  5. Bring brine to boil.
  6. Fill jars within 1/2-inch of top with brine.
  7. Adjust lids.
  8. Process in boiling water bath for 20 minutes (start timing as soon as jars are placed in water).

3 thoughts on “Dill Pickles”

  1. i think instead of regular cucumbers for making dill pickles, many grow “pickling cuckes”. a different variety of cucumber that has a little different skin and doesn’t grow very long. that’s just what my opinion and what folks around here use. your mileage may differ….sara

    1. I have seen them in the seed catalog, but we haven’t started our own seeds yet. Instead we go to the local greenhouse. They mostly carry the “burpless” variety. We’ve had very good luck with them making sliced pickles.

      1. i am glad to know that those work as well. i am growing banana peppers for the first time and was excited to see your recipe for them. as soon as i have a few more, i will be making those. i also loved your last quilt pattern. it is on my list and only about 3 down. i have some QOV quilts to do first……….thanks sara

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