Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Homemade Quick Dill Pickles

Homemade Quick Dill Pickles
Nothing compares to pickles. They are a versatile ingredient, snack, and all around yummy treat. They are low fat, great for curbing cravings, and of course and pregnant woman's best friend. We all love them on burgers, crave them at BBQs, and some even enjoy on peanut butter sandwiches...I know, that's pickle love right there! They are usually a recipe that takes some time and we have to wait for that pickley goodness, the TORTURE. This recipe shows how to make a delish pickle that is not only yummy but also QUICK! Yes quick, you too can have a homemade pickle in just 24 hours...yep that was my infomercial. But seriously, a pickle that can be made for the next day, without buying those prepackaged droopy slices. This is a great way of changing your families view on what a pickle is and showing them what they should be. Serves great along side or on top of your favorite recipes or a snack right out of the container. You can't go wrong when talking about pickles. Enjoy!
Homemade Quick Dill Pickles

Ingredients


-1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
-1 cup distilled white vinegar
-4 teaspoons sugar
-4 teaspoons kosher salt
-1 teaspoon mustard seeds
-1 teaspoon coriander seeds
-1 teaspoon dill weed
-2 small or 1 large bay leaf
-1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
-2 cups hot water
-6 pickling cucumbers, sliced 1/4 inch thick
-2 to 3 fresh dill sprigs
-3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

Directions

Begin by preparing the cucumbers and slicing them in 1/4 inch pieces.

Washed & Ready to use Pickling Cucumbers
Prepared Cucumbers
Next prepare you garlic by chopping into a medium mince.
Prepared Garlic
To Make the Brine
In a large, heatproof measuring cup, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, bay leaves, and dill seeds with the hot water and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Let the brine cool.
Brine
Boiling Brine until Dissolved
Assembly
In a large container or bowl, toss the cucumbers with the dill and fresh dill.
Ready to Use Cucumbers
Fresh Dill
Cucumbers & Dill Combined
Pour the now prepared brine over the cucumbers and turn to coat. This brine goes in hot. Place a small bowl or plate over the cucumbers to keep them submerged, then cover the container or bowl with a lid or plastic wrap.
Brine & Cucumbers Combined
Submerged Ingredients
Refrigerate the pickles for 24 hours, stirring once or twice.

Brined Pickles
Brined Pickles
Serve the pickles cold along side your favorite recipes or eat by themselves for a great quick snack. Stores in the fridge and can be enjoyed repeatedly. The longer they sit, the better they become. Enjoy!
Ready to Serve Pickles
-Amy