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I use this recipe from Stocking Up:
The amounts here are for about 6 pounds of cucumbers.
Wash the cucumbers and scrub with a vegetable brush. Slice the unpeeled cucumbers into 1/8 to 1/4 inch slices. Discard the ends.
Place the cucumbers in a large bowl and mix in 1/3 cup of pickling salt (the coarse stuff, sometimes called kosher salt). Cover with crushed ice or ice cubes and let stand for 3 hours. Drain thoroughly.
Put in each prepared pint jar: 1 teaspoon whole mustard seed, 1 whole peeled garlic clove and 1 head of fresh dill (or 1/2 tablespoon dill seed). Pack the cucumber slices in there tightly.
Combine 6 cups vinegar, 3/4 cup salt, and 9 cups water. Tie up 2 tablespoons of whole mixed pickling spice in some cheesecloth and put this in the vinegar mixture. Bring to a boil.
Pour the hot vinegar mixture into the jars, get all the bubbles out, wipe the rims, put the lids on and process in a boiling water bath for 5 mintes at sea level. Add a minute for every thousand feet above sea level.
These come out nice and crisp. I think the trick is the ice cube and salt thing.
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I use Mrs.Wages too.
I tried a home recipe, it just didn't taste right???
I soak my cucumbers in picklng salt & cold water for 12 hours. Rinse well and trim the ends. That seems to help them stay crisp.
I just bought that myself this weekend. I got it at AGWAY. They had a lot of other flavors too; sweet, bread & butter, etc. I was hoping to find Garlic Dill, but I didn't see that. Personally, I don't care for Kosher/Dill Pickles, but this seemed to be the only choice that came close.
Edited by: PUSHWAIT at: 7/13/2009 (18:35)
I have used it also and they turned out good. It is a premixed package. I get them in the grocery store.
Don't know exactly what Mrs. Wages mix is. Would you please elaborate on this recipe. Thanks!!!
I use Mrs Wages mix
Just wondering if anyone here has a recipe for dill or kosher pickles. I tried one last year but the pickles did not stay crisp as long as I like them to, they were mushy within three months time.
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