Homemade Pickles

Have you ever made pickles before?? Because for some reason I was super nervous but they are actually SOOO EASY. The key here is using pickling cucumbers. They are smaller and they really help with staying crisp once pickled. I grew my own little cucumbers this year and they are so fun and so awesome. A ton came in at once so I had to get to pickling.

the basics..


-what you need-

  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 2 Tbs ground pink Himalayan salt
  • Pickling cucumbers, ends removed* (about 4 small-medium sized)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, smashed
  • 2 Tbs fresh dill
  • 1 Tbs Peppercorns
  • 1 Tbs Mustard seed
  • Jars*

-what to do-

  1. In a pot over medium high heat add your water, vinegar and salt. Once the salt is dissolved and your brine reaches just before boiling point, remove from heat.
  2. Grab your jars (I was able to fit my pickles into two jars) and fill with the pickles, spices, garlic and herbs . Some of my pickles I sliced into coins, some into spears, some I left whole.
  3. Take your hot brine and pour over the pickles into your jars until you reach about 1/2 inch from the top and seal with your lids.
  4. Put your pickle jars into your fridge and let pickle for one week. If you are doing whole cucumbers these take about 2-3 weeks. Cut up cucumbers only need 1 week.

*Cucumbers. Make sure you wash them and slice off the ends. I do not know how true this is but apparently there is something in the vine end of the pickle that causes your pickles to soften. Not sure, but just do it 😉 cutting off the ends for pickling whole pickles also helps get the juices flowing through them. Whole pickles take longer to pickle but this little trick helps speed up the process.

*Jars. I have used old vlasic dill pickle jars, old marinara jars, old peanut butter jars lol the list goes on and on. Just make sure they are heat proof so they do not break when the hot pickling brine fills them. But, it works. Use what you got and no need to worry about “canning”

what is a cucumbers favorite instrument?

a pickle-o


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