Thursday, June 24, 2010

Making Pickles and a GIVEAWAY!


My daughter found this recipe for REFRIGERATOR PICKLES and wanted to make some...soooo we said sure...go for it! You see Mr.CC has his first garden this year and we have cucumbers everywhere around here...way more than we need! Yes...we have given them away to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers etc. but they just keep growing! I can not take any credit for these wonderful pickles...I give Mr.CC and my daughter all the credit. This is a very easy recipe and the pickles are so DELICIOUS!

Four pounds of cucumbers yielded 10 pints of pickles.
This recipe does not call for the cucumbers to be cooked or processed in a water bath… this keeps them fresh and crunchy but also means they should be stored in the refrigerator where they will last several weeks.
You packed each jar with thinly sliced Vidalia onions and cucumbers.
The recipe calls for fresh dill but they used Watkin’s organic dill and it worked great...sprinkled 1/2 to 1 tsp on top of every jar.
You bring the apple cider vinegar, water, sugar and spices to a boil on the stove top and then pour it directly over the cucumbers and onions.
The recipe calls to leave them uncovered in the refrigerator for 24 hours before putting the lids on them. Your entire fridge will smell like pickles...it's really wasn't too bad!

**Slightly Sweet Dill Refrigerator Pickles**

Ingredients

* 1 small sweet onion (such as Vidalia or Maui), thinly sliced
* 2 pounds medium pickling cucumbers, scrubbed, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds {we used regular ole cucumbers}
* 1 large bunch dill, coarsely chopped (stems included) {used dried}
* 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds {used 1 tsp of mustard powder}
* 2 teaspoons whole white peppercorns {could only find black}
* 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar {we increased this to 2 cups}
* 1 cup water {increased to 1 1/2 cups}
* 1 cup sugar
* 3 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
* 2 teaspoons dill seeds

{They doubled this recipe and it yielded 10 pints but there wasn’t near enough liquid… so be sure to make note of changes above}

Preparation

* Divide sliced onion between two 1-quart wide-mouth glass jars. Pack cucumber slices horizontally in jars. Top each jar with dill.
* Using mortar and pestle or resealable plastic bag and mallet, crush mustard seeds and peppercorns together. Place crushed spices in medium saucepan. Add vinegar, 1 cup water, sugar, coarse salt, and dill seeds. Bring mixture to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
* Ladle mixture evenly over cucumbers. Leave jars uncovered and chill 24 hours.
* Cover glass pickle jars tightly with lids.
* Keep refrigerated.

You should try them, they are delicious!

Be sure to check out my "COASTAL GIVEAWAY"HERE! I would love for
you to enter and help me spread the word about our beautiful ALABAMA BEACHES!


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31 comments:

Erin said...

Those pickles look delicious!

sissie said...

I wouldn't mind a big cheeseburger to go with those yummy looking pickles!

hugs
Sissie

Kelley said...

Coastal cucumbers! Whatta crunch!

Sylvia said...

Hi Linda, thanks for stopping by my blog, I am entering your giveaway and have posted it on my blog. I AM a follwer and it makes me sad to see man destroy our ocean and with all the new technology in the world we cant seem to stop the spill. Those CEOs better be besides us cleaning our beaches.
Mmmmm...the pickles look yummy...trade you for a jar of boysenberry..hahahaha.
Sylvia

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oh how yummy! My grandmother used to make these and had them in her fridge for every meal!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Life is good! said...

they look deeelicious!

Darlene said...

YUM...they look so YUMMY!!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

OMG Those look so good! My mouth is watering as I was looking at those pickles! I LOVE pickles... especially home canned ones!!!

Alicia said...

I had a wonderful friend who has moved away and I've lost touch with her, but she used to make bread and butter pickles that were the BEST thing I've ever tasted. I've never found anything to match the ones she made! Yours remind me very much of hers. I may have to try this. Happy Summer!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

Mmmm, those look yummy!

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

I love making refrigerator pickles... they're so delicious!

Jane said...

Hi Linda,
I've never been a pickle fan but my husband LOVES pickles. I might just try and make a batch for him. Thanks for the recipe!
Jane

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Mmmmmmm, color me drooling here!!!
What a special treat for us visitors.

My Show n Tell is 'showing off the flowers...". Do come by if you have time today, I'd love to have you visit with me.

Hootin' Anni's SHADES OF SUMMER

vintage girl at heart said...

yummy pickles..makes me want to have a picnic!
i posted your link on my blog.
blessings!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Happy Friday! I am stopping by via the linky party.

Your pickles look utterly delicious!

Creations By Cindy said...

Ooh, I love cukes! And Pickles....and well, everything! Be blessed. Cindy

It's Just Dottie said...

I have never made pickles but, I am now!
Dottie

recklessbliss said...

Mmm those pickles look delicious, I love a cold pickle on a summer day. Great blog, stop by mine some time a chat!
Heidi@recklessbliss
xoxo

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Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

These look great, I posted a Bread and Butter version on my blog if you want to change it up a bit-have fun!

The Gough Inn said...

Sweet blog - frist time here -- loving what I've read - and infor that you share -- I LOVE pickles on about everything - I'll be trying out your version as soon as mine Cucumbers are ready - not even close yet - grr - your growing season is earlyer then ours --

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm a huge pickle fan. This looks easy enough for me to tackle! Thanks for the recipes.
jj

Robyn said...

Those look DELISH! My son would love them, he's a pickle fanatic! THanks for your sweet comment on my blog! I'll try to remember to come back on Tuesday for Thrifty Tuesdays! THanks for the invite!

Low Tide High Style said...

I haven't had homemade pickles in a long time and these look delicious! Your daughter and Mr. CC certainly did a nice job of growing and preparing these! Thanks for the recipe!

Kat :)

Kim said...

I'm envious, Linda! Fresh pickles right from your own garden. Wonderful.

Grannys Attic said...

Thanks for sharing that recipe. I canned 60 quarts of pickles last week and will head out to the garden in the morning to gather more cucumbers and green beans. So another big canning day. Might give your recipe a try. Blessings, Vicky

Kristen said...

Ohhh YUM!!! Those look delicious!! I've never really canned before - I'm starting with a salsa garden this year hoping to do a few jars of that - I might get brave and try pickles as well.

Debbie said...

Nothing like a home made pickle!~ Those look YUMMY!!~

Deanna said...

Linda,
I have never fixed pickles and wish I could say I did. One of these days I will get really brave and try to!

The ones in your fridge look delicious.

Nice to meet you...Thx for stopping by homehaven and saying hello!

God bless,
d from homehaven

Shellbelle said...

My granddaughter loves dill pickles, so I want to teach her to make these. I'm a bread and butter pickle loves, but I see someone commented they posted a version for that. Looks like I better stock up on some cukes!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your pickles look SO good! This might be something fun to make with my sweet boy.

I adore your gulf awareness button. I left my comments on how I feel about it on my giveaway. It is button available for me to use on my blog?

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