Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I love pickles! My favorite are the big Kosher-style dill pickles that you can get in the bulk barrels at the deli... drool! Our CSA share for this week came with 14 pickling cucumbers... so I decided to make pickles. I found the recipe online here. Since I don't own canning jars, I put the pickles in a glasslock container (that I got at Costco... I HEART Costco) and straight into the fridge. By today, they actually look and taste like pickles... YAY! They are bit on the salty side since I misread the recipe and added extra salt instead of sugar... oops! But still good, and pretty close to deli pickles. And I am sure the next batch will be even better.

The original recipe calls for a gallon of water, so I scaled the recipe back and adjusted for the fact that I used kosher salt instead of pickling salt (for Morton's brand, 1 cup plus 2 tbs kosher salt = 1 cup pickling salt). Below is the way I did it (with the exception of the sugar/salt mix-up)... I am really looking forward to making some more.


To a medium saucepan, add:
5 1/3 C Water
1/3 C vinegar
4.5 T
kosher salt
1/3 t sugar (not salt, lol)
Bring it to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a glass jar or container, add the pickling cucumbers (either whole or sliced however you want). Add in several peeled cloves of fresh garlic (I think we used 6 cloves and it was nice and garlicky). Add some dill weed or dill seeds or both. Cover with the boiling brine mixture. Cover and place in the refrigerator.


  1. Ooooh, yum! That sounds delicious! I made some pickled carrots the a few weeks ago but they didn't come out the way I would've liked them too. Probably because I used cider vinegar instead of distilled. I hope you guys are feeling better. I'm taking Amelie to the doctor at noon to see if her little bumps are chickenpox too.

  2. Oh I love homemade pickles. I can eat them by the jarful and haven't had any since I was a teenager.

    Hey! On a side note, there are two houses for rent. One two doors down from me and one on the street behind me.

  3. Mmmm, I love pickles. That stinks you have been so dry there. It seems like there is no inbetween this year, people are either drowning or dry as the desert. I'll try and send the rain in your direction!