Tuesday, February 28, 2012


What is more relaxing and calming than the sound of rain?  It is cloudy almost as if a thunderstorm is coming, candle lit, laying on the bed with the dog, just typing away.  I love the sound of the rain, the sound of any water is so soothing to me.  Anyway, just wanted to share my moment of "Ahhhh".

When I was a little girl, my mom canned everything.  We had a huge garden and her summers were spent canning like a banchee, preparing and stocking our pantry for the winter months.  She canned tomato juice, sauce, whole tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, green beans, some with bacon and some without, jellies, relish, carrots, frozen and canned corn, canned chicken and beef, beets, sauerkraut,  and the best of all?? PICKLES.  She was known for her dill pickles.  She would sometimes can 100 quarts.  I hated our basement but it is where the laundry and canning room and big huge deep freezer were.  We would sneak down there, open an jar of pickles and eat the whole thing, then we would fight over who got to drink the juice!  Yes we did, we drank and still drink pickle juice in our family!   We walked to dance class with 2 friends, and sometimes we would carry a jar of pickles with us and eat them on the way to dance class.  I wonder how we danced and tumbled without being sick but we did it!  

I love to can, but have never lived where I could have a garden big enough for more than just daily eating.  I also have a hard time with waiting to eat pickles when they are canned.  My mom would always tell us they weren't ready but the reality is they probably were and it was her ploy to keep us from devouring them before the snow flew!  I have attempted "quick" dill pickles a few times.  Of course, the first time they were perfect, and each time after not quite as good.  So after much thought and many attempts I think I have it down.  These pickles can be put together in the morning, and eaten for dinner!  The longer they sit the better they get, I suppose.  I frankly enjoy a crunchy pickle that is so full of garlic and dill I can't stand it!  I enjoy a mild flavor of the cucumber in the background that I get when these are eaten after 6-10 hours too.  So fresh, I just love it.  I make these in a quart size Chinese soup container.  Use a jar or anything you like.

You will need:
2 cucumbers (sliced to a thickness you choose, or spears)
2 cups water
1/3 cup vinegar (white or cider)
1 slice of onion
6 whole cloves of garlic (peeled)
5 stalks of dill
2 tbsp. salt  (I used sea salt, use any)
1 qt container

In a small saucepan heat up water, vinegar, salt and 1 clove of smashed garlic until it boils and salt is dissolved.
While it is heating up, slice your cucumbers and pop garlic peels off.  Cut one 1/4 inch slice of onion. In your container, arrange in layers, cucumbers, dill, onion, garlic.  The order makes no difference just spread the rings of sliced onion, and garlic and dill pretty evenly.  When liquid mixture comes to a boil, slowly pour it into the container.  Let sit for 2 minutes and then put the lid on.  Give it a good shake and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.  The longer you let them sit the better they are (in my opinion they are perfect after 4).  I like the way they look and taste at 4-5.

These are absolutely delicious.  In hindsight I would add 1 tsp of mustard seeds, I just didn't have any on hand.   If you like Claussen Dill pickles you will love these.  I am hoarding the pickled garlic and onion for myself.  I will also be drinking every bit of juice.  Yes, I said it.  And yes, I meant it.

My mouth is watering just typing about this out.  WHY does my mouth water when pickles are involved?!?

Can't you just TASTE these on a grilled cheese sandwich???

Your "dill pickle juice drinking" chefwannabe


  1. Is this the one? Oh my goodness, I so have to try this! Loving all your recipes lady! So happy I found you!

  2. I made these last night not to bad but it is a bit to salty for me. I used a cucumber and a zucchini. The taste is somewhat Claussen, they are crispy. Very Easy to do. I just used a cucumber from the store and the zucchini. Do you need to put 2 tabs of salt or will 1 tab be ok? Not sure if the extra salt is needed for the fermentation.

  3. So, if you use less salt, it should be good for you. They just got in the fridge overnight, don't over think it. and I hope you enjoy them when you make them with your adjustments!! Thanks for stopping by!