Last week, my co-worker, Tina, and her husband gave me some cucumbers. They can grow cucumbers like crazy! Me – not so much. My plants always die. I just can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. Anyway, they gave me two shopping bags of cucumbers that I needed to process.
I’ve tried making pickles a few times, but I’ve always been disappointed with the results. They are usually too mushy for me to be able to enjoy. This time, I found a recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Chickens in the Road, for a Claussen-like pickle. Crunchy pickles that I make myself? Oh yes! I had to try them.
This is a refrigerator pickle and does not get heat processed, so the pickles have to stay in the refrigerator. They are not shelf-stable. Therefore, I only made 3 jars because I simply don’t have enough fridge space.
I gathered the ingredients. I had almost everything I needed right there in the house. I only needed to buy dill weed and dill seed.
I washed, trimmed and stuffed the cucumbers into the jars.
Next I piled in the ingredients and topped off with a brine made of water, vinegar and salt.
I waited 24 hours and tried them.
They are soooooo good! Even better, I think, than the store-bought pickles! These are so easy that everyone should try making them! Click here to go to the recipe page for these pickles.
Enjoy – I know I am!