Got cucumbers? Then why not make pickles? Here are two easy and tasty recipes to use up those cucumbers that have been harvested from your garden or CSA share.
Refrigerator Dill Pickles
- 1 pound cucumbers
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 teaspoons dill seed
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons pickling salt
- 1 quart mason jar
- Directions:Wash and dry the cucumbers and cut off the bottom ends. Slice them into spears or rounds. Add the garlic and dill seed to the jar, followed by the cucumber slices. Combine the vinegar, water, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, then pour the brine over the cucumbers, leaving half an inch of headspace. Allow to cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate for up to 1 month. Allow pickles to sit for at least a few days before opening and enjoying. Note: this is not a canning method so they must be kept in the fridge.
- 2 cups cucumbers, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp celery seed
- 1 tsp mustard seed
- 1 tbsp coriander
- 1 tbsp whole allspice berries
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 cloves
- 1 tsp pickling salt
- 1 quart canning jar or other similarly sized airtight container
- Directions:Place cucumber and onion slices in a large canning jar. Mix vinegar, water, sugar, celery seed, mustard seed, coriander, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the hot brine over the cucumbers and onions, leaving at least a half an inch of headspace. Allow to cool, then cover with metal lids and screw on bands. Refrigerate overnight before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Note: this is not a canning method so they must be kept in the fridge.
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