While at home recovering from my surgery (read about that here) I decided to keep myself busy with a few home projects. You know the usual 50's housewife kind. Cooking, Cleaning...canning. Yup, I said canning.
After a trip to the farmers market I came home with a few pounds of pickling cucumbers and some fresh dill. Can you tell that pickles were on my mind? I spend a few minutes googling pickle recipes online and decided to use a name I knew, McClures. Here is the recipe
I used Ball jars and prepared them as they suggest. Wash in hot soapy water...
...and the boil them to sanitize.
After boiling it is important to keep them hot so when you pour the hot brine its not hitting cold glass.
As the jars were boiling I got my ingredients ready
fresh dill, garlic, pepper corns, and hot chili flakes...I had to make a few jars spicy for the hubby. He likes things spicy.
I don't have a canning pot, so I had to make do with the large pasta pot I got for our wedding
I chilled the cucumbers in a large bowl of cold water in the fridge for awhile- this is suppose to keep them "crispy" and not soggy when it comes time to eat them. I'll be the judge of that once I get to eat them.
Once I got them all quartered and stuffed in the jars (each jar got about 7-8 quarters, 3-5 garlic cloves, 5 or so pepper corns, a bunch of fresh dill, and a tiny pinch of chili flakes) I pored in the hot brine leaving about 1/4 inch at the top and then put the lid on getting them ready to can.
Here they are in the canning process- how pretty?
So I guess these kind of pickles need to sit for about 2 weeks before they can be enjoyed...who knew? Anyway they are currently "cooking" in my kitchen, keeping them in a cool, dry place is key.
Two weeks seems like forever! I will be SURE to let you know how they come out and take more photos of the pretty jars.
So my blogger friends... I have a ton of jars left over what else should I be canning??? I need recipes and links people, please share!