The Perfect Pickle

By Vanessa on August 31, 11

Cucumber pickles and I have a sort of “love-hate” relationship. When they are crispy and spicy with small seeds, I’m in looooove…but when they’re soggy with giant globby seeds, I just want to kick them to the curb… and slash their tires..and take them for all their worth in a messy divorce settlement… Err, anyway, to get my perfect pickle, I decided I need to just make it myself. I researched far and wide to come up with my favorite recipe and technique.  This recipe is simple and yields quick results.  My sister and I can never wait the full ten days that the recipe calls for, but let me tell you, it’s great even after only two days :)

Ingredients

  • 10- 12 cucumbers, cut in half or quarters (my favorite are homegrown or greenhouse cucumbers*small seeds*)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 3/4 cups white vinegar
  • 4  cloves garlic, whole
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill weed
  • 2 wide mouth glass jars, boil to sanitize

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, vinegar, and salt and stir over medium heat until dissolved

*Tip: Use a coated pan, not a stainless steel one, otherwise your garlic will turn green in color.  It’s still okay to eat, just looks weird*

2. Place 2 sprigs of dill weed, 2 cloves of garlic, and red pepper flakes in each jar.  Add sliced cucumbers.  Ladle in the liquid and fill to the top of the jars.
3.  Let cool and seal with lids.  Refrigerate for 5-10 days before eating.  Use within 1 month.

Well if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to have a taste of my most recent batch.  Happy pickling!!

*Peace Love & Cupcakes*
Vanessa

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6 Responses to “The Perfect Pickle”

  1. Nikki says:

    Looks great and yummy!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again with more great projects!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

  2. Athena says:

    Thanks for sharing at http://www.thestuffofsuccess.com – these look awesome and I have been looking for a pickle recipe. Can’t wait to try them.

  3. Melanie says:

    Yummy! I’d love for you to link your recipe to Things I’ve Made Thursdays. I’m trying something new this week- We have two sections to the party- one for kids’ things and one for “Anything”!! I think this post would be an awesome addition to the “Anything Goes” party!

    Hope you’ll stop by on Thursday and link up!
    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

  4. Love your recipe, and absolutely love your way with words! So glad I saw your link-up at Ladybird Lane!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  5. Abir Makki says:

    Looks easy and delish, can’t wait to try this. As I always say, whatever tickles your pickle:)

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