Grannie Lee's Dill Pickles

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 5 Ratings
Serves: 7 quarts
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Cooking Method: Canning/Preserving


21 medium cucumbers, you don't want seedy ones
21 to 30 large cloves garlic, peeled
21 sprig(s) dill heads and feathery leaves
21 medium hot pepper, your choice, i like habeneros
12 c water
4 c white vinegar
16 Tbsp canning salt, do not subsitute, and you can order on line if you have to
i grow my own and plant in spring because where i live you can't buy in any grocery store.

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Jane McMillan-Whittaker Recipe
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Massena (now in FL), NY
Member Since Oct 2010
Jane's notes for this recipe:
I got such a great reception with these pickles I have to post them. My daughter in law who is a chemist, asked me if they were hard to do.
When I stopped laughing, I told her they were probably the easiest thing I ever made. I don't put these in a water bath, but I do sterilize the jars.
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Wash cukes,leave in sink, and cover in ice, add some water and leave for 3 hours.
Sterilize jars by boiling for 15 minutes. Leave jars in hot water while you pack pickles and remove them one by one to fill.
Put lids in small flat fry pan, cover with water and bring to almost a simmer, don't boil, they just have to be hot.
Bring brine to a boil, and keep heat on low to keep hot.
In each quart jar put 1 to 2 large cloves of garlic, one hot pepper (I like a habenero), and a sprig of dill and a feathery leaf if you have them.
Add sliced cucumbers, cover with brine, wipe top of jar off, screw lids on.
Set aside for 24 hours and then check seal. The combination of hot jar, hot brine,and hot lids seals them.

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user Thea Pappalardo Sassy01 - Nov 2, 2010
I have never attempted anything like this, but this sounds so easy. What size jars do you use?
user Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - Nov 2, 2010
Quart jars, and you need a pot big enough to fit them all. I bought my canner at walmart, and use it for other stuff also. It has a rick on the bottom, which you need so the jars don't rest directly on the bottom. you can also go online and order supplies.
user Thea Pappalardo Sassy01 - Nov 2, 2010
God bless Walmart! lol
user Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - Nov 2, 2010
Ain't that the truth.
I live a few miles North of Miami, so canning is not common here. Bought canning jars twice.
First time young lady in back of me asked me what I was going to do with them I said make pickles and jam. She said WOW! I had to tell her no, no ii's easy, if I can do it anyone can do it.
user Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - Nov 2, 2010
Second time I bought them the clerk asked me if those things really worked.
It now is a mattter of choice and lets face it gals that work just don't have a lot of spare time.

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