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Dill Pickles Recipe

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These dill pickles taste incredibly fresh and have the perfect balance of dill and garlic flavor. Learn everything you need to know about how to make them!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 5 pint jars
Calories 264
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 4 cups cider vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup pickling or canning salt
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • tablespoons dill seeds
  • teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 7 pounds pickling cucumbers ends trimmed and cut into ¼-inch slices lengthwise

Instructions

  • Prepare canner, jars and lids. Wash the jars, lids and screw bands in hot, soapy water. Rinse well and drain (you don't need to dry them). Place a rack in the bottom of a boiling-water canner, then place the required number of jars on the rack. Add water to the jars and the canner until it reaches the top of the jars. Cover the canner and bring the water to a simmer (180 degrees F) over medium heat. Do not boil the jars. Keep jars hot until you're ready to use them. Place the lids in a small saucepan, cover with water and bring to a simmer (180 degrees F) over medium heat. Again, do not boil the lids. Keep lids hot until you're ready to use them. Set the screw bands aside, they do not require heating.
  • Tie pickling spice in a square of cheesecloth, creating a spice bag
  • In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar, pickling salt and spice bag. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Reduce the heat and boil gently for 15 minutes.
  • Working with one jar at a time, remove a jar from the canner, pouring hot water back into the canner. Place the jar on a heat-protected work surface, such as a wooden cutting board or towel. Place 1 bay leaf, 1 garlic clove, ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and 1½ teaspoons dill seeds into each jar. Pack cucumber slices into hot jars to within a generous ½-inch of the top of the jar. Ladle hot pickling liquid into the jar to cover the cucumbers, leaving ½-inch headspace. Slide a nonmetallic utensil, such as a rubber spatula, down between the food and the inside of the jar two or three times to release air bubbles. Adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding more hot pickling liquid. With a clean damp cloth or paper towel, wipe jar rim and threads. Using a magnetic or nonmetallic utensil, lift a hot lid from the water and place it on the jar, centering the sealing compound on the rim of the jar. Place a screw band on the jar. With your fingers, screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip-tight. (Do not use excessive force to tighten.) Return the jar to the rack in the hot water-filled canner. Repeat filling steps until all jars are filled.
  • When all of the jars are in the canner, adjust the water level in the canner so that it covers the jars by at least 1 inch. Cover the canner with a lid and bring the water to a full rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling hard and continuously, process (continue boiling) for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the lid and let sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove the jars, lifting them out of the hot water without tilting them. Don't dry the lids or jars at this point. You don't want to disturb the lids while the seal is being formed. Place the jars upright on a towel in a draft-free place and let cool, undisturbed, for 24 hours.
  • When the processed jars have cooled for 24 hours, check the lids for seal. Remove the screw bands and with your fingers, press down on the center of each lid. Sealed lids will be concave (they'll curve downward) and will show no movement when pressed. Jars that have not sealed properly must be refrigerated immediately. Use unsealed refrigerated product within a few days. For the jars that have good seals, with a damp cloth, thoroughly wipe lids and jar surfaces to remove any water residue or food particles. Store the sealed jars of jam in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.

Notes

  • Equipment: Water bath canner / Canning essentials set / Jars / Pickling spice / Pickling salt
  • Cucumbers: Pickling cucumbers are preferred, but regular cucumbers can be used also.
  • Dill: In place of the dill seeds, you can substitute 5 heads of fresh dill (the yellow flower portion) or 2 teaspoons dried dillweed for each jar (10 teaspoons total).
  • Seals: Do not disturb the jars for 24 hours after processing. Once you check them, be sure to refrigerate any jars that do not have a concave seal.
  • Storage: Properly sealed jars can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year. Refrigerate the jar for a day or two before using for best flavor.
Nutritional values are based on one pint.

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 854mg | Potassium: 1103mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 23.3mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 2.9mg