I never imaged that making pickles could be so simple. I thought there was canning and tongs and boiling water involved. Making these quick pickles couldn’t be easier. You just trim them to size, add in some spices and herbs, cover with a vinegar brine and put them in the fridge. That’s it. The hardest part was waiting the 48 hours to eat them.
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They are crisp and crunchy and fresh tasting. I added black peppercorns, garlic and fresh dill to each jar. You can add any spices that you like. Love a strong dill taste then add more dill. Like your pickles spicy then add some red pepper flakes or hot chili peppers. Love garlic then add more garlic or chop up your garlic for more garlic power. These quick pickles are so easy you can experiment by adding different spices and herbs to each jar if you want.
I used 6 cucumbers but the amount of cucumbers will vary depending on their size. I have a couple of cucumber plants growing in the backyard and usually pick the cucumbers when they are around 6 inches long. If you’re using store bought cucumbers your cucumbers will probably be a lot bigger – so you’ll need less cucumbers.
A couple of notes:
You need to wash your mason jars and lids with hot soapy water and then let air dry before filling.
Don’t use table salt. The first time I made these I used table salt and whoa were they salty. So please use kosher salt for this recipe.
I measured the height of the jar and then trimmed the tops and bottoms of my cucumbers so they would be the right size to fit in the mason jars.
Pack the jars tightly with cucumber spears and then add your spices. I tucked the garlic and dill in among the cucumber spears and then added the peppercorns to the top of the jar before adding the vinegar brine.
No need to boil the vinegar, salt and sugar combination. Just put it in a large jar or large measuring cup and stir briskly until the salt and sugar has dissolved.
There will be a bit of extra vinegar brine left after you fill both jars. I wanted to make sure there was enough brine to fill the jars completely without a problem.
These quick pickles definitely get better the longer they sit in the fridge. You can eat them the next day but I think they were best after 48 hours. They should keep for at least a couple of weeks in the fridge.
Adapted from this Food & Wine recipe.