A few weeks ago I picked up a huge bag of pickling cucumbers at our produce stand for $1. I decided to modify a recipe from a book that Alexander gave me for Christmas called “Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it” by Karen Solomon. There was a long list of spices that I didn’t have on hand so I went to Rollin’ Oats and stocked up at the bulk bin section for just a few dollars.
Alexander and I pickled our little hearts out and then sat down to watch an episode of Portlanida. Do you watch that show? It makes fun of everything that is “hip”, apparently including pickling. Here’s the clip we saw as soon as we were finished (It made us feel totally lame and totally awesome at the same time).
So anyways, these are refrigerator pickles so they only take 3 days to cure. That also means they don’t keep as long as canned pickles, but will keep for about a month and will be at their prime at 2 weeks. We didn’t seem to have a problem making ours disappear though. We ate a bunch then gave a lot of them away. Since we had enough pickles to make 4 jars full, we made a variety of shapes & sizes, slicing some into spears, keeping some whole and cutting others into rounds.
- 3 clean pint jars (or whatever glass jars you have around)
- 9 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 3 lbs of cucumbers
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 Tbs yellow mustard seeds
- 3 Tbs brown mustard seeds
- 6 Tbs dill seeds
- 3 Tbs black peppercorns
- 6 tsp kosher salt
- 1 1/2 to 2 1/4 cups distilled white vinegar
- Add 1/3 of cucumbers, garlic, spices & salt to each jar
- Fill each half way full of vinegar
- Top off jars with cold water
- Seal with a lid & gently shake to dissolve salt & distribute spices
- Let cure for at least 3 days
Out of the 4, I made 1 jar without the cinnamon stick but I highly recommend using it. Somehow the sweetness evened out the bitterness of the vinegar. I also couldn’t find brown mustard seeds so I just used all yellow mustard seeds. Those were the only changes I made to this beautiful recipe.
Do you like pickles? What do you think about making your own?