Pickle Canning Recipes: Crispy Dill Pickles

Pickle canning recipes preserve the harvest. This one, Crispy Dill Pickles, puts up 8 pounds of pickling cucumbers.

| September/October 2010

Canned Dill Pickles

Crispy Dill Pickles waiting to be opened.

Lori Dunn

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When it comes to using up those cucumbers, nothing beats pickle canning recipes. This one, Crispy Dill Pickles, is sure to satisfy.

8 pounds pickling cucumbers
6 tablespoons dill seed, divided
2 tablespoons pickling spice, divided
12 whole black peppercorns, divided
12 garlic cloves, divided
12 grape leaves, divided
6 cups vinegar
6 cups water
3 tablespoons salt 

Prepare 6 quart or 12 pint canning jars. Wash and drain cucumbers. If cucumbers are larger than 4 inches, cut in half lengthwise. Pack cucumbers in clean, hot jars. For each quart jar, add 1 tablespoon dill seed, 1 teaspoon pickling spice, 2 whole black peppercorns, 2 garlic cloves and 2 grape leaves. Divide in half if using pint jars.

Combine vinegar, water and salt in large saucepot; bring to a boil. Fill packed jars with boiling vinegar solution to within 1/2 inch from top of jar for quarts; 1/4 inch from top of jar for pints. Process in boiling water canner, 10 minutes for pint jars or 15 minutes for quart jars. Yields 6 quarts or 12 pints.
8/19/2014 8:20:17 AM

how long do they have to soak in the jars before we can eat them

bill smith
6/6/2013 3:37:40 AM

you can do sliced cucumbers the same way you do whole cucumbers

bill smith
6/6/2013 3:35:06 AM

you put the lid's on the jars after you have filled the jars with the ingredients mention, and then filled them with the mixture up to a half-inch from the top,(then the lid's go on). then the jars go in the hot water bath,completely submerged over the top of the jars( the water) for 15 minutes. After the jars have been taken out of the water bath, you will notice that the center of the lid have sunken inward. that is an indication that the jars are sealed properly

sherri wilmot
6/5/2013 3:53:45 PM

What are the grape leaves for? Are they edible too? Can I use grape leaves from my backyard vines? My leaves are pretty big,what size do you use? This recipes sounds great.

suzanne chenier
5/8/2013 11:16:11 PM

I have never canned anything before (forgive me). When do you put the lids on the jars?

joseph dougherty
10/29/2012 11:27:16 PM

How long do they have to soak in all that good stuff before we can eat them?

7/16/2012 2:47:52 PM

would this be good for sliced cucumbers?

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