We decided to finally make some farm fresh pickles. Lots of yummy cucumbers and fresh ingredients like garlic and dill and you have a mason jar of goodness!
I definitely played around with the ratio but this is what we have decided that we love best!
This recipe makes 4-5 mason jars about 12 oz size. Make sure to sterilize you jars and have them ready. Let’s make the brine and while the brine is boiling you can cut your cumbers and fresh ingredients. This part is great for the kids to help too!
For the brine you will need the following. Just mix all together and bring to a boil:
- Brine Ingredients
- 4 cups of water
- 2 cups of white vinegar
- 3 tbsp. of pickling salt
- 1 tbsp. of sugar
- Fresh Ingredients:
- 4-5 Cucumbers
- 4 Sprigs of Fresh Dill
- 4 Garlic Cloves, Diced
- pinch of crushed red pepper, optional
While the brine is boiling cut your cucumbers to the thickness that you like and put aside. Chop 4 garlic cloves and place in the bottom of each jar evenly. I chop ours in large chunks because the kids do not like the small diced garlic to stick to their pickles. Haha. But whatever you like! Put one sprig of fresh dill (you can buy at the grocery store near your salad mixes) in the mason jar with the garlic. Now I love to add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes but I also made jars with out it for the kids. It is not spicy but I love the little flavor that the red pepper flakes bring.
Now pack the cucumbers in the jars all the way to the top. Your brine should have started boiling. Give it a stir and then ladle/pour your brine over the cucumbers to the top of the jar with just enough room to seal the lid. Seal with the lids immediately. Let cool on the counter until room temperature. Place in the refrigerator and store for a week before opening. But I honestly got impatient so I opened a jar on day 5 and they are delicious. They will probably get crunchier as the days go on. I will never buy store bought pickles again!
Let me know if you decide to make your own pickles too!!