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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