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Old 11-15-2007, 05:34 PM   #1
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Pickled cucumbers

This is the first year I try to preserve cucumbers even if I like a lot the salty variety of pickled cucumbers. This is the recipe I tried and even I have some improvement ideas I am happy with the results:



How do you pickle your cucumbers with salt? What should be a satisfying success rate. In my case I managed to find a jar where the cucumbers got a bit too soft for my taste, maybe it also depends on the cucumbers type.

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Old 11-15-2007, 06:53 PM   #2
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Len, your dill pickles look beautiful! Great pictures! Love those jars!

I process most of my preserved stuff in boiling water after I fill the jars because I'm petrified of botulism. I guess it's not as likely when you use vinegar or other acidic ingredients, but I'm leery.

Actually, I don't know if people did that at all in the old days, but most canning directions include a boiling water bath for a lot of home-canned foods.

I am a big fan of pickles, and love them when they are homemade and done correctly. My Aunt Stella made them, and would get a jar of "softies" every once in awhile. I don't know why.

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Wow! These look so good. Going to check out the recipe now.

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Old 11-15-2007, 07:03 PM   #4
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I am a big fan of pickles, and love them when they are homemade and done correctly. My Aunt Stella made them, and would get a jar of "softies" every once in awhile. I don't know why.

Good luck!

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Hey Lee, we ran into the same problem a couple of times. That is why we always keep a box of Ball's Pickle Crisp on hand. We affectionately refer to it as pickle Viagra.

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Old 11-16-2007, 12:19 AM   #5
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I much prefer pickled tomatoes. But like pickles too, so this year I only made 3 1 galon (about 3 + litters) jars. How big are those jars in the picture?
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:22 AM   #6
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Small jars

The jars in the picture are very small (750 ml). I wanted to use larger jars but I already had lot of those jars and decided to use them. Normally I have seen pickled cucumbers prepared at home in jars from 1l to 10l or even in 50l barrels in the same way as pickled cabbage.
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:43 AM   #7
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Hello Len

I pickled cucumbers for the first time this year also.
A large box of cucumbers was for sale at the Turkish market for a bargain price so I decided to buy them and try to make pickles. They turned out delicious.
What I did was chop them up and put them in a bowel.
I then poured boiling water over them.
Next day I poured off the water and poured fresh boiling water on them.
I repeated this for 3 days.
I then packed the cucumbers in jars and sprinkled dried dill over them.
In a pan I heated vinegar, sugar, salt. I then poured this into the jars until it covered the cucumbers.

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Mel, what are your proportions for vinegar and salt?
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Old 11-16-2007, 04:40 PM   #9
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Len your pickles look amazing. My favorite part about canned pickles is actually the cloves of garlic.
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Old 11-17-2007, 07:36 AM   #10
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Thank you Layla, I think from the picked cucumbers nothing goes to waste, I even like the liquid, usually only the dill sticks remain at the bottom of the jar.
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