Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Linda G.'s secret recipe Dill Pickles

You will need:
7 pounds of young fresh picked cucumbers(small cucumbers)
2 cup Mrs. Wages Pickling Lime
8 cups apple cider vinegar
1 cup salt
dill seed
crushed red pepper
water (enough to cover cucumbers and wash them)

Wash cucumbers removing all dirt. Soak cucumbers over night in 2 cups pickling lime and water, enough water to cover. Stirring once in awhile to make sure pickling lime surrounds cucumbers. The next morning rinse cucumbers 3 times removing extra lime. Lay on a clean dry towel allowing cucumbers to dry. In large pot cook 2 quarts apple cider vinegar and 4 quarts water, add 1 cup salt. Cook to a hard boil.
Pack cucumbers into clean sterilize mason or ball canning jars. Add 1 teaspoon dill seed ,1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, 1 1/2 cloves garlic to each jar.
Fill jars with boiling vinegar mixture, seal very tightly, turn jars up side down to seal (at least 24 hours) Then turn jars over and allow to rest for 7 days before trying one of your Linda G's Dill Pickles. If you enjoy store bought Dill Pickles you will Love these.