Dad’s Pickles

 

 

 

Dad’s pickles are tangy, full of dill seasoning and perfect for preserving season. If your garden is overflowing with cucumbers give these pickles a try! 

Dad's pickles are tangy, full of dill seasoning and perfect for preserving season. If your garden is overflowing with cucumbers give these pickles a try!

The other week I went home to Ohio for a short visit.  Lucky for me my dad had some pickles in the fridge….just waiting to be eaten!   He had seen the recipe on Alex’s Day Off and decided to alter it a bit and give it a try.  I was excited to give these pickles a try because I’m always looking for a perfect pickle recipe.
They had the perfect ratio of dill, garlic, and red pepper.  I like my pickles to have just the right amount of heat.  It’s a must for me. How about you? What makes a good pickle to you? Garlic? Dill? Onions?

Dad's pickles are tangy, full of dill seasoning and perfect for preserving season. If your garden is overflowing with cucumbers give these pickles a try!

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Dad's Pickles

Dad's pickles are tangy, full of dill seasoning and perfect for preserving season. If your garden is overflowing with cucumbers give these pickles a try!

Yield: 1 - 2 jars (depending on jar size)

Prep Time: 24 hours

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 24 hours

Ingredients:

  • 3-1/2 ounces sea salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 8 cups bottled water
  • 1-1/2 pounds kirby cucumbers, thoroughly washed and dried
  • Fresh dill, washed and dried
  • Garlic cloves, smashed
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Mason jars, cleaned and dried

Adapted from Alex Guarnaschelli

Directions:

Mix sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the brine from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Arrange cucumber upright in a container (or containers) large enough to hold the brine. Place dill sprigs, garlic cloves and red pepper flakes amongst the cucumbers in the jars. The cucumbers should be fitted tightly and should come within 1/2 inch of the top of the container.

Fill the container with the brine to the top and tap on a flat surface to remove any possible air bubbles.

Let pickles sit out on counter for 24 hours and then refrigerate. The pickles should be ready to eat in 24 hours.

*Use as much dill, garlic and red pepper as you feel is necessary. I like my pickles heavy on the garlic, medium on the dill and red pepper.

14 Responses to “Dad’s Pickles”

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — August 19, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Now I see where you have gotten your culinary talent!

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    Erica — August 19, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Mmmmm i am crazy for pickles!! Love garlic, light on the dill

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    Jessica (Green Skies and Sugar Trips) — August 19, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I LOVE pickles!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them! But I only like cold crisp pickles. They’ve gotta have that crunch! I don’t like soft of soggy. As far as taste, garlic, dill, with a hint of hotness!!!!!! (I like those tiny little whole dried chilis)

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    katrina sloan — August 19, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Love pickles! I do sweet hots 1 cup white vinegar 1 cup sugar onion not garlic and lot of pepper flake!

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    Veronica — August 20, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Aw, how cool you got to showcase something your Dad made! What makes the best pickles for me has less to do with the ingredients and more to do with the crunch. I really love a pickle that’s crisp!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — August 20, 2011 at 10:25 am

    These look great! I’ve never made my own pickles, but now I want to try!

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    Joanne — August 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to pickles! I love em all! These sound fabulous!

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    Maureen — August 21, 2011 at 7:32 am

    My dad always made the pickles in our family. Reading this post brings back great memories. Dad’s gone but I still have his pickle recipes. 🙂

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    Blond Duck — August 22, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Craving pickles now!

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    Blond Duck — August 22, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Craving pickles now! I hope you had fun with your dad!

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — August 23, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Mmmm…pickles! I rarely get to eat them because I refuse to buy store bought…all with yellow dye #5. Crazy!!

    My grandparents used to make the best bread and butter pickles. I really must get that recipe!

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    Feast on the Cheap — August 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Nothing beats homemade pickles… I have a batch of bread and butters in the fridge right now!

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    Kirsten — August 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I love pickles and my dad used to make them too! Great post!

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    Shelby — August 27, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I saw this on Alex’s show too, and I love this recipe. They sound so yummy!

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