Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pickles Galore!

Went to the farmer's market  and was foolish enough to buy a 1/2 bushel of cucumbers!
I should have known how much work this was going to be after lugging
the heavy load of cukes to the car - eek!

Without ado I began scrubbing, trimming and brining these beauties,
after-all they weren't cheep and I wasn't going to waste my money.

As they sat in the salty brine for a few hours, 
I took a quick trip into town for some 
pearl onions, sugar and vinegar.

5 quarts and 13 pints
were cold packed using my
moms Sweet Dill Pickle Recipe.

By the wee hours of the morning,
I had most of the sweet dill pickles in jars and ready for the hot water bath - where they stayed for 12 hours.

Here is my Mom's Recipe - as I took notes at her kitchen table:

You need small pickles – any amount, fresh dill heads, peeled pickling onions, pickling spices, vinegar, sugar, alum and turmeric and you’re ready to go! I buy my pickles at the market but Mom always grew her own!
Scrub pickles and trim ends off.  
Soak pickles for at least 3-4 hours or overnight in a salty brine (mom said to add enough salt to the water so that it tastes really salty J) - no actual measurements required.
Fill cold pack canner (1/2 full) with water and bring to a boil while you pack the jars.
To pack quart jars – put a nice head of dill in bottom of jar, pack in one row of pickles – packed tight, top with a couple of little pickling (pearl) onions, repeat with another row of pickles and onions.  Top with ½ tsp. pickling spices, and a little more dill (use stems too).  Set the jars near the heating canner to “warm” the jars when packed.  Fill each jar with the following hot and simmering syrup
Makes enough for 4 quarts or 8 pints of pickles:
5 Cups vinegar
5 ½ Cups white sugar
½ tsp. alum
1 tsp. turmeric
Bring mixture to a rolling boil.  Keep it simmering while ladling into packed jars.  Seal immediately with sterilized snap lid and ring.  Set the jars into the hot canner (had been boiling water – heat turned off but left on stove).  Cover canner and leave jars in hot water bath for at least 12 hours.

This morning  I pickled the remaining cucumbers - 6 jars, with a Garlic Dill Pickle recipe
(without all that sugar) I found on line.
Hope these turn out but we will have to wait for 6-8 weeks before trying them. 

There was enough of the sweet dill pickle syrup left over to make a jar of
pickled eggs.
After trying to peel the first two eggs with little success (oh, well I needed something
for lunch anyways), 
I was desperate to find a method of peeling these eggs without having most
of the egg white stick to the shell and thus destroying the egg for using as a pickled egg!

Here is a tip I learned after seeking some advice on line:


BTW - I tried something new this time. I read somewhere that by adding a small grape leaf
to the jar of pickles will help to keep them crisp. We'll have to wait to see if this actually works.
Nothing worse than having the pickles go mushy after all this process.

Till next time - heading out to the garden to see if my next project needs to be picking and preserving the beets!
I think I'll need to stalk up on some more vinegar and salt ... or maybe have a nap.


  1. Amazing productivity! You are a hard worker Rosella! We love pickles around here so my lips are smacking!

  2. Your energy and enthusiasm is inspiring! Super photos...I'm drooling. :)

  3. Oh, how I miss my mom's homemade pickles. I have never attempted it myself. Yours look delicious!

  4. They look amazing! I managed to do up about half that many cukes before we left home. Can't make it through a winter without homemade pickles!

    Guess where we stopped to eat this afternoon? At a quaint bistro at L ' Islet...right across from a lovely old church. We had lobster rolls and the fixin's....most yummy! Thanks for the recommendation. :). We are so enjoying the road trip!

  5. Yowza, that's a lotta pickles! They do look delish, though. I love a good pickle!

  6. That sounds like a lot of hard work, but how tasty they will be come winter! I've never had pickled eggs.
    I'll let you enjoy that one jar. =)

  7. I'd be more likely to buy homemade pickles already in jars from our farmers' market :) But I'd certainly buy a couple of your jars if they were for sale! My mom would pickle beets, so I might be willing to tackle those one day.

  8. Wow, how impressive...pickles galore and I bet they taste amazing.

  9. I haven't made dill pickles for years but when I did, adding a grape leaf to each jar was essential. Both my mom and grandma did it that way with the result of nice crunchy pickles.


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