Surprisingly-Simple Homemade Pickles!

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I can’t believe how easy it is to make real-deal pickles! It doesn’t even require any cooking or heat. I can’t wait to make these pickles for my youngest sister, who is a pickle nut. When she was a kid, she would get giant buckets of pickles as gifts for all occasions. I can check her next birthday present off of my shopping list!

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To make PICKLES, get some nice looking cucumbers. I was looking for kirby cucumbers, like the ones I grew on my balcony one year, but I could only find English cucumbers, the long, skinny cucumbers that come wrapped in plastic. They worked just fine. Cut the cucumbers into your desired shapes. I made a mixture of spears and coins. Mince up a few garlic cloves, and chop some fresh dill. Put some of the garlic and dill in the bottom of a jar or container, and fill the jar with cucumber.

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Now, mix up your pickling brine. To a large bowl, add 3 cups of water, 6 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar, and 2.5 tablespoons of kosher salt. Whisk the brine until the salt dissolves, and then pour the brine into the jar so that cucumbers are fully covered. If you need more brine, just whisk up another batch. Top the cucumbers with more garlic and dill. I also added in some black peppercorns and mustard seeds for extra flavor. Get creative with your flavorings- I can’t wait to make spicy pickles!

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Put the lid on your cucumbers, and put them in the fridge. After 2 days, they will be PICKLES. Real pickles! They’ll even give you pickle breath.

This recipe is adapted from Annie’s Eats.

Shopping list:

  • Cucumbers- 3
  • Distilled white vinegar- 6 tablespoons
  • Kosher salt- 2.5 tablespoons
  • Dill
  • Garlic- 3 cloves
  • Peppercorns- 1.5 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds- 3 teaspoons
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Surprisingly-Simple Homemade Pickles! — 2 Comments

  1. Your younger sister isn’t the only one who loves pickles.
    I didn’t realize they were so easy to make.
    I’m definenitely going to try this one even though it gives you garlic breath
    Thank you

  2. I’ve only attempted making pickles once and I think I cheated. (they weren’t very good either:) I stuck a bunch of sliced cucumbers in some “old” pickle juice. (I usually save pickle juice for sauerbraten but I was feeling adventurous:)

    I may just need to try it again the “proper” way. Yours look like a true pickle lover will be in heaven!

    Thanks for sharing…

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