Wheat got this pickle recipe from his friend, Harris, whose grandmother made these pickles. They are Wheat’s favorite pickles, so naturally I had to make some of them during my pickle making spree on Sunday.
I was going to try using my antique blue mason jars for these pickles, but then got nervous and backed out. They made for pretty pictures though!
Harris’s Grandmother’s Pickles
Bring to a boil:
– 1 quart water (4 cups)
– 2 quarts apple cider vinegar (8 cups)
– 1/4 to 1/2 cup pickling salt
Clean and cut pickles into spears. Place the spears tightly packed into sterilized quart jars (sterilize either in boiling water or in your dishwasher). Add to each jar:
– 1 clove peeled garlic
– 1/4 teaspoon alum
– 1 teaspoon dill seed or fresh dill weed
– a hot pepper if desired (I used half of a jalapeño and half of a serrano pepper in each jar, simply because we had some, thanks to our Harvest Moon Farm to Table box, and just because we like spicy pickles)
Wheat’s aunt grew this fresh garlic and gave me some for pickles. She informed me that “every self-respecting woman has a garlic bed.” So you can rest assured that I planted the bottoms in hopes of being a respectable woman and having my own delicious garlic growing one day. ;)
Using a jar funnel, ladle the hot vinegar mixture over the pickles, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Tap jars on the counter to get rid of any air bubbles, and then wipe down jar rims with a damp cloth. Put on the lids and rings and tighten them.
At this point, you can either process them to seal the jars and have them be shelf-stable, or you can put them in the refrigerator to be refrigerator pickles. We only have the one fridge, and a whole lot of pickles, so I processed the jars. To process pickles, bring water in your canning pot to a boil, and make sure each jar of pickles is covered by water by at least an inch. Boil the pickle jars for 15 minutes. Remove with a jar lifter and let cool on a towel. After an hour or two, as the jars cool they should start “popping” and sealing. Run your finger over each lid to make sure it has sealed, and this may cause any that haven’t sealed to seal immediately. If a jar doesn’t seal at all, refrigerate it immediately and eat those first. :)
Do you have a hand-me-down pickle recipe? Do you prefer dill pickles, spicy pickles, bread and butter… all of the above? Tell me about it – I’d love to hear!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I’m wishing my father-in-law Bruce a Happy Birthday tomorrow! I’m also wishing my amazing parents a Happy Anniversary! And to my Daddy, my daddy-in-law, and all of your dads, I wish a very happy Father’s Day! Lots to celebrate this weekend, and celebrate we will.