July 21, 2009

The condensation on the jars make  them look cloudy but they arent really.

The condensation on the jars make them look cloudy but they aren't really.

I went to visit my parents a while ago, and my Dad gave me this jar of spicy pickles his coworker’s wife made.   Ever since, I have been obsessed with these pickles.  Since I no longer had access to these awesomely delicious pickles, I set out on a mission to make my own.  I scoured the internet looking for spicy pickle recipes, but nothing seemed quite right.  So I took what I liked about each recipe and made up my own.  Before I did this I imagined pickle making would be difficult, but it really is the simplest thing! Its basically cut up cucumbers, make brine, put in a jar, and wait.  I am still waiting to try my pickles, I made them last Friday and it takes a week for them to achieve full picklehood.  I will have to update on how they taste when they are done!  In the meantime, here is my recipe for spicy refrigerator pickles:

Spicy Refrigerator Pickles

(makes 5 jars of pickles)

15 3-4” Kirby cucumbers (not the big salad cucumbers)

1 package Ball Kosher dill pickle mix, or similar substitute

2 jalapeno peppers

5-10 whole cloves garlic

1 bunch fresh dill

1 Tb. Red pepper flakes (or to taste)

About 2 cloves garlic minced.

Add pickle mix to 6 cups of water, or as directed on your package,  in a large pot

Add the red pepper flakes and minced garlic

Bring mixture to a boil and in the meantime:

Wash and slice cucumbers into spears (halve the cucumber and halve the halves)

Slice jalapenos into thin circular slices

Lightly smash your garlic cloves

Take 5 clean quart size glass jars and fill with the cucumber spears, add the jalapenos and garlic (1 or 2 cloves depending on how big your clove of garlic is) evenly to each jar.  Add one sprig of dill to each jar.

Carefully pour the hot pickle mixture into each jar, making sure the cucumbers are covered.

Put in the refrigerator and wait 7-10 days before eating.  Can keep in refrigerator for 3 months.

Here you can see the jalapeno, garlic, and dill

Here you can see the jalapeno, garlic, and dill

If you make some pickles, send me pics and let me know how they turned out!

One Response to “pickles!”

  1. These are my favorite bread and butter pickles. They are what grandma would have made: http://michaelbeyer.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/your-classic-bread-and-butter-pickles-2/

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