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Pickling Spices

Quick Small Batch Dill Pickles

4 pickling cucumbers (around 1 pound)

1 cup water

7/8 cup of white wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of pickling salt

2 garlic cloves

8 peppercorns

2 teaspoons of pickling spice (or a pinch of flaked red pepper)

fresh dill sprigs

8 sour cherry leaves (they’re supposed to promote crispness) or 3-4 grape leaves


Bring water, vinegar and salt to a boil. Meanwhile scrub and cut pickles into desired sizes. Add pickling spices, peppercorns, fresh dill, cherry leaves to quart canning jar. Add pickles to jar and pour brine over the pickles. Seal with lid and put in refrigerator for at least one month. Alternately you can water bath can pints for 10 minutes or quarts for.


Update (7.23.09) these are delicious! I just tried one and they're crispy and very delicious, a perfect quick pickle.

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Taken on July 12, 2009