For those of you who love pickles and want to try your hand at pickling at home.
(L= litre = 33.8 oz.)

Utensils Needed:
12 quart pot
1L mason jars (clean well, use new lids)
1L measuring cup and measuring spoons

Ingredients Needed:
Salt, Garlic, Dill, (Hot Banana Peppers),
White Distilled Vinegar (6% acid),
Fresh Pickling Cucumbers (length to diameter ratio of 3:1)

Pickle Brine
Add 60ml of salt + 250ml of vinegar to 1L of water. 
Mix until the salt is dissolved.

Packing Instructions

pickle bullet2.gif (1558 bytes) Add 4 cloves of peeled or chopped garlic
pickle bullet2.gif (1558 bytes) Add chopped dill (2 tablespoons)
pickle bullet2.gif (1558 bytes) (Add 1/4 cup sliced Hot Banana Peppers) optional
pickle bullet2.gif (1558 bytes) Pack cucumbers tightly into the jar.  (whole or sliced)
pickle bullet2.gif (1558 bytes) Add brine mixture to jars and fill to 1/4 inch from the rim of the jar.
pickle bullet2.gif (1558 bytes) Close cap tightly and place jars upright into the pot. 
(Do not stack jars)
pickle bullet2.gif (1558 bytes) Fill pot with tap water to cover bottles and bring to a slow boil.
pickle bullet2.gif (1558 bytes) Continue boiling for 5 minutes then remove pot from burner.
pickle bullet2.gif (1558 bytes) Begin adding tap water slowly so the pot overflows slowly. 
Adding water too quickly may crack the jars!
pickle bullet2.gif (1558 bytes) Continue until the jars are cool enough to hold against your face.
pickle bullet2.gif (1558 bytes) Store in a dark cool place.  
Your pickles will be ready to eat the next day.

Best if served chilled.

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  • Choose the freshest pickling cucumbers for pickle making, or better yet, grow your own.

  • The perfect size for a pickling cucumber has a length to diameter ratio of 3:1.

  • Two to four inch cucumbers are best for home pickling because you can maximize the number in a typical canning jar.

  • Wash cucumbers thoroughly and check for blemishes prior to pickling.

  • Prick the skin of each cucumber once or twice lightly with a fork to allow the flavours to penetrate the cucumbers.

  • Experiment with flavours - try adding extra garlic, green peppercorns or whole chilies.

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