One of our favorite summer snacks is crisp dill pickles. Every summer we plant our starters in the garden and watch our cucumbers grow…but if we get impatient, we just find some great pickling cucumbers are the local farm stand. This is an easy project with the kiddos and teaches them how to grow and make your own tasty foods. After trying several pickling recipes, here is one that is a winner-winner!
4 cups water
8 garlic cloves
8 heads of fresh dill
peppercorns or peppers
Dice up your cucumbers however you like and stuff them into your pint jars with 1 clove of garlic and 1 head of dill.
Boil the water, vinegar and salt together. Once it's boiled, remove from heat and pour the brine over each of the jars leaving about a 1/2 inch of room from the top.
Add your portions of peppercorns or chili peppers to make them spicy or add a kick.
Place your lids on the jars and tighten. Use your canning tongs to place your jars into boiling water. Ensure the top of your jars is completely covered in water.
Let the jars boil for 10 mins then remove carefully with your canning tongs and let stand. You will hear the lids pop, then secure the rings to ensure they are tight. Let them sit until cooled and store in your pantry until you are ready to eat them!