Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pickles, Pickles, Pickles

I have been truly enjoying canning this summer. I have found this amazing farmers market on every Wednesday. It is at a fair grounds and has at least 100 vender's selling amazing food. Because of this I buy a lot of fruit and veggies. I have made jam four times in the last couple months. I have blueberry, strawberry, peach and peach cinnamon. The peach cinnamon was by far my favorite. Now, I tried my hand at making pickles. My one year old baby loves pickles and my husband loves spicy pickles. I made them both. I used the spicy pickles in the Cuban recipe below. These are fresh, simple and enjoyable.

4 cps. white vinegar
7cps water
2 cps. sugar
20-25 fresh dill stems, pulled away from the stem
1-2 tsp. salt

For the Spicy:

Add sliced jalapeno and 1/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper

1. I washed, dried, and boiled the jars. I then put the in a hot bath (Water was lightly boiling). Boil the lids. While the jars are boiling add the cucumbers to an ice bath for at least 2 hrs.
2. I boiled the water, vinegar, sugar, fresh dill, and salt.

3. Put the cucumbers in each jar, add the brine, and for the spicy add the jalapeno and crushed red pepper.
4. Top with the lid and screw. Add back to the bath for awhile. Remove. Let cool.



  1. Homemade pickles are the best! These look great!

  2. Yes! I love making pickled anything..and believe me, by the end of the summer, I am trying to pickle everything! This sounds like a yummy pickling brine!

  3. I am so impressed!! Makes me ashamed to say I just bought buy-one-get-one free dills at Publix. You can't have a 4th of July without good pickles ;)

  4. LL-I buy pickles too. Haha...I have fun making them.

    girlchef-thank you very much

    finsmom-I love homemade pickles too. Thank you

  5. i just had a pickle-making disaster, but i'm going to try again

  6. I've not yet made my own pickles. Thanks for the post!!

    A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa

  7. I love pickles...just a nice way to keep the veggies and it is always well received. Yummie, love your recipe. WIll definitely try it!

  8. I love pickles, but never even thought of making them myself. You've inspired me!

  9. Yum! I have always wanted to make my own pickles.

    I love your blog, and have presented you with an award available at my blog.

  10. Justin-We would love to hear the story.

    Diana- I am glad that you stopped by

    Juliana- I hope you do try it. Let me know. It taste yummy. I do not like the brine to be to complex.

    burpandslurp- I hope you do make them. They are incredible homemade. Thank you

    GypsyMommy- Thank you and Thank you more for the award. I am honored.

  11. Hey Miranda - I love pickles so much! I've never attempted them so kudos.

    Second, go to this site: http://thedaringkitchen.com/ to sign up. There are daring cooks challenges once a month and daring bakers challenges once a month. I'm glad you want to join because it is lots of fun!

    Third, I'm in Winter Park!! Hi neighbor:D

  12. Thanks a bunch for posting this recipe. I can't wait to try it out! I'm a pickle fanatic!

  13. KrisKishere-If you make these pickles let me know the outcome......Thanks!!!!

  14. When I joined, you sign up and then Daring Kitchen sends you all the 'important' information in an email. That way well have all changed since they launched this new site a few months back. Here's a good way to test to see if you have full access, Login, go to Forums, and if you can see forum threads that say 'Daring Bakers' 'Daring Cooks'than you are in! Simply open the thread that says July challenge and the first post is the recipe. You can make it whenever you want during the month but you have to post on the day specified in the recipe.

    If you have any other questions I'd be happy to help. :D

  15. Enjoying the blog - just happened to stumble upon it during a search for 'pizza pockets' - although I've been making mine with a homemade (15 minute) whole wheat dough. Anyway, I was wondering what other things you've been canning - I'm going to be a first time canner this year during my mat leave and am thinking of jams and fruits, etc...are you willing to share any 'recipes' (especially the peach cinnamon jam!) or great sites that you use?

  16. I am crazy about pickles...my mom used to make them, as she grew pickle cucumbers...great site, and thanks for coming over to mine!

  17. Love pickles! Thanks for adding me on. I will also add you to my links :) Keep in touch!

  18. Hey Leslie-
    I actually typed the entire recipe out and then my computer died. I am going to post it. I will have it up by the end of the weekend.
    Thank you for stopping by. I would love to hear about your homemade pizza pockets. I was looking for something simple and quick, but not processed.

    5 Star foodie-We will def. be in touch. Thanks for the add.

    Chef E- No prob....Great site. Thanks for stopping by.


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