can it. [homemade dill pickles]

August 30th, 2012 by | comments

Lately, I’ve seen multiple ‘canning’ posts floating around the blogosphere, which made me realize that I’d never canned anything before. My mom and I decided to give it a go, and canned pickles and peach jam. What a combo, right? Both turned out delicious–separately, of course.

Since I won’t post until next week, I hope everyone has a fun and safe Labor Day weekend. I leave for San Francisco tomorrow night–can’t wait!


Kosher or pickling salt

6 Kirby or small cucumbers, trimmed and halved

8 sprigs fresh dill

1 jalapeno, sliced

2 cups water

1 cup distilled white vinegar

1/2 cup slivered onion

6 cloves garlic

4 tsp. kosher salt

1 tbsp. dill seeds, toasted

2 tsp. black peppercorns

2 tsp. mustard seeds


Sprinkle kosher or pickling salt over cucumbers in a colander; set aside to let drain 20-30 minutes. Rinse salt from cucumbers and blot dry with paper towels; tightly pack in a clean jar, crock or glass bowl with dill sprigs and jalapeno.

Boil water, vinegar, onion, garlic, 4 tsp. salt, dill seeds, peppercorns, and mustard seeds in a medium nonreactive saucepan, 5 minutes.

Pour mixture over cucumbers; let cool to room temperature. Cover container and chill until cold. Refrigerate pickles up to one month.

Recipe from Cuisine at Home.

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  • I hardly can anything these days…too lazy, you know ;-)) these pickles must be very appetizing.

  • Nicely done! I’m so afraid to try canning. I’m sure it’s more than worth it though! One of these days…Have a great time in San Fran Caroline!

  • I have never been a big fan of canned pickles but you make me question why :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Is there anything you cannot do?

    Seriously! X

  • I’m jealous Caroline! I’ve not gotten into the canning and see so much of it! My dad would can pickles every year, now I wish I had done it with him instead of simply reaping the benefits of his efforts! These look amazingly good! Enjoy your weekend!!

  • These look fabulous Caroline! I am so making these. I love canning, but have never made pickles. No time like the present.

  • I LOVE pickles – homemade are the best! Have a fun holiday weekend, love!

  • Amy

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE pickles. These look amazing! Great job, Caroline :)

  • I love me some dill pickles! I’ve not canned any kind of pickles, Caroline. I make “refrigerator pickles” but have always feared that canning causes them to lose their crunch. I’ll be interested in hearing if yours do. If they they stay crisp, I’ll gladly give ’em a try.

    • Oops! Almost forgot. Have a safe trip and wonderful time!

  • Have a safe trip Caroline. These pickles look fantastic and who doesn’t love a good pickle.
    :-) Mandy

  • Those look wonderful! I just made my first pickles, but have to wait a month to try them!

  • egg me on

    Look at all those onions! That pickling liquid must be pretty tasty. Hopefully you brought some pickles to your friends in SF … it would be a shame not to! (Although, do pickles travel well? Hmm.) Have a great Labor Day weekend!

  • thedrivencook

    You’re right, I’ve seen a lot more pop up lately. Especially these refrigerator pickles. They must be tasty!

  • Oh looks so good! I love pickling stuff, I just did some okra!

  • These homemade dill pickles look so delicious. Ahh they remind me of summer. Great job Caroline

  • I love canning!! As one blogger says, once you try it.. it becomes addicting! Looks like we had the same great idea:) I hope they turned out yummy!! xx

  • my grandmother makes the best canned bread and butter pickles. they are soo good and now you are having me craving them all over again! Yours look delish my friend!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    This is so neat! I love pickles and my son started to enjoy it. I need to find the time to make this with him. Homemade ones are the best!

  • Yum! You’ll be thanking yourself all winter long!

  • I have never canned my own pickles before. My dad cans them every summer but somehow I have never managed to get around to it. I think I need to give this recipe a whirl. :)

  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    Lots of canning indeed amongst talented and organized bloggers :). You’ve done such a great job with these Caroline (love the onion). Your pictures are fabulous too! Pickles are one of my favourite early-evening snacks. Yummy!

  • I’ve been meaning to do this all summer, and your photos make it look like a beautiful as well as delicious project!

  • Pickles aren’t my thing, Caroline, but these look delicious!
    By the way, I hope you can get over to my Amazon Kindle page on September 10 or 11 and download my book for FREE!
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