This was the first year I didn’t plant cucumbers in my garden, but I was lucky enough to have a friend with too many, so when I mentioned I’d be happy to take them off her hands she was more than willing and gave me a bag full! And what do you do with a bag full of cucumbers? Pickles of course!
There are a lot of pickling recipes out there, as well as a lot of different types of pickles, some use prepared pickling spice, some do not. I made both dill and bread and butter, using my own pickling blend.
A lot of sites mention soaking the cucumbers in a salt solution, I did not do that. I am still not 100% sure why you would need to do that. If you know please feel free to share. I also learned if you add a little Alum to the dill brine it will keep the pickles crisp. I, however, didn’t know this trick before I made my dill batch.
This will make enough for about 4 pint jars, I almost tripled the brine in order to use all the pickles. Ending in about 8 pints worth.
10-15 pickling cucumbers* (about 4-5″ in length)
For the brine:
2 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 cups vinegar
3 tbsp raw cane sugar
3 tbsp coarse sea salt
2 tbsp whole coriander seeds
2 tbsp whole peppercorns
2 bay leaves
4 garlic cloves
Fresh dill (I used a few sprigs per jar)
Slice the cucumbers in about 1/4″ rounds (you can also cut into spears) Fill the sterilized jars with the cucumbers, and a few sprigs of dill. Set aside. Add all the brine ingredients in to a large pot, bring to a simmer. Once all the salt is dissolved, pour the hot liquid into the jars. (I try to make sure at least one garlic clove makes it into each jar.)
Add ins: I added a sliced jalapeño to a couple jars, you could also add crushed red pepper, or other peppers or more garlic.
Bread and Butter Pickles
In a large sauce pan, add the remaining ingredients bring to a simmer. Once all the sugar and salt is dissolved, add the onions and cucumbers. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Pack into sterilized jars.
**The original recipe called for 5 medium onions, that just seemed like a lot so I reduced the amount.
Processing the Jars