Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Crisp Claussen-style Dill Pickles

We've got lots of cucumbers at the farm right now. That means it's time to make pickles! This is a recipe for Claussen-like pickles. It's a simple, very quick pickling method. These pickles are a refrigerator pickle. They are not canned. This gives the pickles the crisp snap of a Claussen pickle. They are ready to eat about a week after you jar them and will last, refrigerated, for 6 months to a year.

1 gallon pickling cucumbers, do not use waxed grocery store cucumbers
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds
6 heads fresh dill, or 6 sprigs fresh dill weed and 1/2 tablespoon dill seeds
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 1/2 quarts water
2 cups cider vinegar
1/2 cup canning salt

Boil liquids and seasonings to dissolve the salt then cool to room temperature. Slice the ends off of the cucumbers. The blossom end of the cucumber will make the pickles soft if left on the cucumber. Then slice the cucumbers lengthwise into quarters add to jars along with the dill.
 Pour over pickles and refrigerate. Shake the jars of pickles at least once a day to redistribute the spices. The pickles will be ready to eat in about a week. They will be good for about 6 months kept in the refrigerator.

If you live near the Slocomb area, we've a lots of pickling cucumbers, right now! As with all of our produce, no herbicides or pesticides are used in the production of our cucumbers. Give us a call if you'd like to stop by and purchase some of our cukes and make your own pickles. Ask about what else is growing on the farm right now.

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