Friday, July 24, 2015

I'm In a Pickle! Farmgirl Sisterhood Post 9



Tickled With My First Batch of Pickles!

 


I was so excited to make pickles for the first time. This is how I did it. The recipes came from www.tasteofsouthern.com

  • 4 wide-mouth quart jars, lids & rings
  • fresh dill, heads & several inches of stems shaken free of bugs
  • cucumber, washed, scrubbed
  • 4 garlic clove (or more) 
  • Brine
  • 414 cups water
  • 114 cups white vinegar
  • 14 cup pickling salt

Dill Pickles


GET ALL OF THIS GOING BEFORE FILLING THE JARS.

 

    1. Wash 7 quart jars in hot, soapy water (or dishwasher), rinse and fill with hot water; set aside.
    2. Fill canning kettle half-full with hottest tap water; set on burner over high heat.
    3. In a medium saucepan, fit lids and rings together, cover with water, bring to a simmer.In a large saucepan, bring water, vinegar and salt to boil; turn off the heat; set aside.


    4. FILL JARS: place a layer of dill at the bottom of each jar, along with one garlic clove (if used), then TIGHTLY load the cukes into the jar to the NECK of the jar (depending on size you may get two nice layers with a few small cukes in the top--)---squeeze cukes into the jar tightly--uniform size helps; add a few TINY spriglets of dill at the top, too, and another garlic clove if desired.


    5. Once jars are loaded, pour in the brine leaving half-inch head space in each jar. 


    6. Add lid and ring to each jar, tightening evenly.
    7. Place jars into canner with water JUST to the necks of the jars.

     
    8. Bring water ALMOST to a boil (about 15 minutes--depending on how fast it heats up).
    9. Remove jars, set on a dish towel on the kitchen counter, cover with another dish towel & let cool.
    Check for seal (indented lid), label jars or lids, store in cool dark cellar or cupboard.
     




    Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe


    Prep Time: 1 hour
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 5 hours, 10 minutes
    Yield: Approximately 4 pints.



    Follow these easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions for making and canning your very own Bread and Butter Pickles. These were the favorite! See just how quick and easy it is to make these delicious pickles right in your own kitchen. This recipe can be completed in one day.

    Ingredients
    • 3-lbs of Pickling Cucumbers
    • 1.5-lbs Onions, thinly sliced
    • ½ cup Canning or Pickling Salt
    • 2 cups White Vinegar (5% Acidity)
    • 2 cups Sugar
    • ½ Tablespoons Mustard Seed
    • ½ Tablespoons Celery Seed
    • ½ Tablespoon Pickling Spice
    • ½ teaspoon Turmeric
    Instructions

    Place cucumbers in sink with cold water. 
    Scrub each cucumber by hand, DO NOT use a vegetable brush. 

     
    Rinse all the cucumbers and drain.
    Slice ¼ inch off each end of each cucumber and discard.
    Slice the cucumbers into ¼ inch thick slices.
    Slice the onions. 
     
    Place the sliced cucumbers and onions in a large pot and stir gently by hand to mix.
    Sprinkle salt over the mixture. 


     
    Cover the mixture with about 2 inches of crushed or cubed ice. 

     
    Refrigerate the mixture for 3-4 hours, or overnight, adding more ice as needed during this time. When ready to process pickles, wash jars in hot, soapy water.
    Setup your stove and counter area in advance for ease in canning.
    Place jars in boiling water for 15 minutes to sterilize.
    Place lids and bands in a pot of warm water, not hot or boiling, and let sit until needed.
    Drain cucumbers and onions, rinse well to remove salt and let drain. 

     
    In a large pot, add Vinegar, Sugar, Mustard Seed, Celery Seed, Pickling Spice, Turmeric, stir well. 



    Bring to a boil over Medium-High heat and boil for 10 minutes. 

     
    Add cucumbers and onions to the pot, bring back to low boil and boil for One Minute. 

     
    Remove from heat and ladle into jars, leaving ¼ inch head space in each jar.
    Remove any air bubbles by inserting a wooden skewer along inside edge of the jar. 

     
    Wipe top of jar and rim with a clean damp cloth.
    Center a lid on the jar. Add the band, and tighten only finger tight.
    Process jars, using the water bath process, for 10 minutes. 

     
    Remove jars from canning pot, set aside in a draft free location, undisturbed for 24 hours.
    Test jars for proper seal. Store sealed jars in a cool dark place for up to one year.
    Enjoy!

       

    “People are like pickles- some are sour, some are sweet, and some leave a bad taste in your mouth.” 

    Kallee Gallant

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