The month of June… hot, humid, fireflies, grilling out, and cucumbers. LOTS and LOTS of cucumbers. They are a very prolific plant in the south. As long as you pick them daily, sometimes twice a day, they will continue to give an abundance of goodness throughout the summer.
Sweet pickles are the preferred type in our house. There are a few who prefer dill and there are a couple who will always reach for the spicy **raises hand**. Why not combine my love of spicy with my love of dill?
3-4 pounds pickling cucumbers (the small ones stay crisper longer) sliced 1/2 inch thick
8 cloves garlic, peeled
8 teaspoons dill seed (or 8 heads fresh dill)
8 teaspoons pickling spice
8 jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick
8 cups water
1 cup vinegar (white or apple cider, I used white)
1/2 cup canning or kosher salt
I found the greatest little kitchen gadget today. It’s a jalapeno pepper corer. I love kitchen gadgets but this one is really awesome. It saved me a tremendous amount of pain having to handle the peppers while I removed the seeds. I somehow always manage to get the hot stuff in my eyes. You just cut the top off the pepper, insert the corer and twist it around to remove the veins and seeds. It also enables you to make perfect little rings of peppers.
In a large pot, bring the water, vinegar, and salt to a boil. When the salt is completely dissolved, reduce the heat to low and simmer until your jars are prepared.
This recipe will make 8-pint jars of pickles. Prepare your jars by washing in hot water and set aside.
To each jar add:
1 clove garlic, cut in half
1 teaspoon dill seed (or 1 head fresh dill)
1 teaspoon pickling spice
1 sliced jalapeno (more if you want them really spicy)
Place the sliced cucumbers into the jars to fill. Pour the simmering liquid over the cucumbers leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Place the lid and ring on the jars. Tighten to fingertip tightness.
Process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.
Remove from the canner and allow them to sit for 3 days before opening. This should give the peppers time to mellow out a little.
This recipe could also be used for green beans, asparagus, or carrots. You could substitute 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes for the jalapeno peppers if you prefer.
I must say this recipe is easy and the pickles are DEVINE! I ate a qt jar in two days. I love the garlic and dill flavor although I did not want alot of heat. I only added half the jalapeno to a jar. I will grow lots of dill next year and more cucumbers and jalapenos.
Thank you! These are one of our favorites too! I’m glad you enjoyed them.
Ours came out very salty and we went by the recipe.
I’m sorry you found them too salty. I’ve never experienced that problem before.
Im confused on the “Process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes” and the next step.
And if i were to use other vegtables like asparagus or green beans, how much of those would i need?
To process in a water bath canner makes the product shelf-stable so that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated and will last for a long time in a cabinet or elsewhere. Water bath canners are available at most hardware stores, even places such as Wal-Mart. It’s a large pot that allows you to cover the jars and boil them for a certain period of time, killing the bacteria that may be in the jars. The “next” step is simply removing them from the canner and allowing them to sit for a few days before you open them to eat. For this recipe, it allows the flavors to mingle and mellows the flavors of the jalapenos. You could easily add other vegetables to this recipe if you wanted to. The amount of other vegetables used would be totally up to you. The vinegar in this recipe makes it a very flexible recipe. I hope this helped.
How long do these last? And i didnt do the bathing part so im guessing i can leave them in the fridge.
If they are water-bathed, they will last for up to a year. If not water-bathed, you will need to refrigerate them and they will last for several months.
Am trying your recipe, love spicy garlic dill pickles! Question–I noticed you use an 8 to 1 ratio of water to vinegar. Some recipes use a 1 to 1 ratio. What is the difference if any?
It’s a matter of personal preference, really. I prefer a less vinegary taste in my pickles. There may be other differences but this is my go-to recipe, so it’s hard for me to answer.
Have you ever had any issues with the 8 to 1 ratio? Any foods not can as well compared to others with higher vinegar content?
We just made a batch of pickles, carrots, and greens beans, and so far we really like the pickles!
I’m not sure what you mean concerning the 8 to 1 ratio? We tend to rotate our supply frequently and have had few problems. Pickles will tend to get softer quicker than other pickled items but stay “fresh” tasting and retain their crunch for a long time. Carrots will lose their taste and color if left for too long, but we’ve never had a problem with beans, even after a couple of years. Dilled Green Beans are a favorite of ours.