Well usually every year with cucumbers from people's gardens, I have to make pickles...just because it's fun....I LOVE dill pickles...but have a really easy recipe for bread and butter pickles (sweet pickles)...I'll post that at another time....I'll make some soon and fill you in....
For tonight, I really wanted to try to make Dill pickles...garlic dill to be exact....right off the bat, I DO NOT like the fact that they have to sit in the fridge for 10 days!!! it makes sense, the longer they "marinate" the better the taste becomes....but I love instant gratification :) So....
here is the recipe...and in 10 days, I'll let you know how they taste!!
Garlic Dill Pickles
3-5 cucumbers sliced into chips (not too thin, not too thick..ya know..pickly width!)
2 cups of water
1 3/4 cups of white vinegar
1 1/2 cup of chopped fresh dill weed
1/2 cup of white sugar
8 cloves of garlic chopped up
1 1/2 tbsp of pickling spice
1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes, or more if you like spice
1 1/2 tsp of dill seed (it is different than dill weed!)
also need 3 or so 20oz glass jars
mix it all together in a large bowl....let it stand for about 2 hours, till it becomes room temp. then spoon your cucumbers into your glass jars, and pour the liquid over them. make sure they are covered with liquid just enough. Seal them up, and throw them in the fridge for 10 days! THEN taste them...do NOT taste them before..YUCK!!!! the flavors need to meld....trust me! sooooooooooo in 10 days....I'll report back about the pickles! :)