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Quick Pickles

I love the taste of Claussen pickles. I have tried these quick and easy, no-canning , refrigerator pickles many times and find that the more fresh dill and fresh garlic I use, the more I love them. They're quick, easy and extremely tasty. I especially love them the next day. They're right next to the original Claussen's to me.

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds firm Kirby cucumbers, 3 to 5 inches long (about 20 cucumbers)
  • 1 1/2 cups coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons mixed pickling spices (available premixed in supermarkets)
  • 4 to 5 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 4 to 5 sprigs fresh dill
  • 2 1/2 cups apple-cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Wash cucumbers well. Place in a large nonreactive container.
  2. Combine 1/2 gallon water with 1 cup salt, and stir until salt is dissolved. Pour over cucumbers.
  3. Place a plate on cucumbers to keep them submerged in liquid. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Drain and rinse the cucumbers, discarding brine.
  5. Pack into four to five wide-mouthed quart jars.
  6. Distribute pickling spices, garlic, and dill evenly among the jars.
  7. Combine 6 1/4 cups water, 1/2 cup salt, vinegar, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, and pour into packed jars.
  8. Cool on a rack to room temperature.
  9. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Yield: about 1 gallon

I used 2 half-gallon wide-mouthed jars, with the metal clasp. Sterilize the jars in boiling water or run through the dish washer with the hot cycle. I love garlic, so I put about 10 whole cleaned cloves in each jar. I also put extra fresh dill into each jar along with 1 tablespoon pickling spices. I needed to make another half recipe of the pickling brine in order to cover the pickles.

Posted by jerseyjan at Recipe Goldmine 8/11/02 10:50:21 am.


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