MOTHER'S OLD FASHIONED DILL PICKLES (SALLYE)

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By
@grandedame

I can remember a big ceramic crock pot of these setting on the counter almost constantly during the summer months.

I hope you have plenty of cukes in your summer garden to utilize this recipe.

These authentic dill pickles will bring back fond childhood memories


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Prep:

1 Hr

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

50 + small
cucumbers
2 oz
whole mixed pickling spices
2 c
apple cider vinegar
2 large
whole garlic bulbs
4 sprig(s)
fresh dill
2 c
coarse kosher or sea salt
2 qt
water
1
5 gallon ceramic crock ***

Directions Step-By-Step

1
***If you don't have a ceramic crock you can sometimes find them at thrift stores or Ikea has them for sale. If that fails, use glass jar (gallon size or larger)

MAKE SURE THE CUCUMBERS ARE SMALL AND FIRM (4-5 INCHES LONG)
2
PREPARATION:

Separate cloves of garlic from whole bulb; peel but do not cut. Set aside

Thoroughly wash cucumbers and set aside in colander to drain.

Lay dill sprigs out on paper towel within easy reach

Open jar of pickling spices and set within easy reach

You'll want to make this a sort=of assembly line
3
ASSEMBLING:

Place a layer of dill, several garlic cloves and half of the pickling spices on the bottom of crock

Arrange 25 of the cucumbers on top of the dill & garlic layer

Place another layer of dill and garlic cloves over the cucumbers

Then place the rest of the cucumbers over this second layer of garlic and dill.

Allow approximately 6" of room to the top of crock
4
In a medium mixing bowl combine the vinegar, salt and water. Whisk until well blended,

Pour over the cucumbers

Place the balance of the spices, dill and garlic cloves on top of the cucumbers
5
Cover with a large ceramic plate with a weight such as a cast iron pan on top to hold the cucumbers under the brine, then place the crock in a cool, dark location (not cold)
6
When the pickles begins to ferment and foam appears, remove the foam (scum) every day.

When the pickle solution is clear, you can pack them in smaller jars and place in the refrigerator.

If you are not storing all the pickles in the fridge, it is best to sterilize the small jars in a hot water bath for 15-30 minutes. Then they can be stored in pantry.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy