Easy Dill Pickles

Easy Dill Pickles | ChopChop

Description

Do you have the patience to wait for these to get good and sour? Let's see! This is the time of year to get small pickling cucumbers from farm stands and farmers' markets, but no worries if you can't—just slice up a big cucumber or two and make pickles from that. They'll still be delicious!

Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total time:
Makes: 2 Quarts

Kitchen Gear: 

  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Medium-sized pot
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Large glass or nonreactive metal bowl
  • Small plate

Ingredients

5 cups
water
2 tablespoons
salt
3⁄4 cups
white vinegar
1 1⁄2 pound
small pickling cucumbers or 2 seedless English cucumbers or 2 (14 oz) packages of baby cucumbers
3 tablespoons
garlic cloves (peeled)
4 tablespoons
large dill sprigs
1 teaspoon
black peppercorns

Instructions

  1. To make the brine: Put the water, salt, and vinegar in the pot, put the pot on the stove, and turn the heat to medium. When the mixture boils (you'll know it's boiling when you see bubbles breaking all over its surface), turn the heat off and set aside to cool. 
  2. Wash the cucumbers, trim off the blossom ends (that's the end opposite where it grows on the stem), and, if you're using large or baby cucumbers, cut them into 1/4-inch slices. If you're using pickling cucumbers, leave them whole.
  3. Put the cucumbers, garlic, dill and peppercorns in the bowl. Add the cooled brine and stir well. 
  4. Lay a plate over the top of the cucumbers. Leave the cucubmers for 2 or 3 days, until they are as sour as you like them.
  5. Cover and refridgerate up to 2 weeks.

Notes

The sour taste of pickles comes form the added vinegar as well as the natural process of fermentation, which uses healthy bacteria to convert the vegetable's own sugar into tart lactic acid.