5 Pickle Canning Recipes and Pickling Facts
Recipes for Canning Pickles at Home
Here is a collection of pickle canning recipes to preserve the summer cucumber harvest all year. Pickles are easy to can because they are usually placed in vinegar and may be processed in a water bath canner, unlike some other foods that must be pressure canned. Pickles are a favorite of first time canners. Cucumbers are also very easy to grow in the garden.
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Ohio Stoneware Crock for Fermenting Pickles and Vegetables
Brined Pickles Recipe
Also Known as Fermented Pickles!
Brined pickles are pickles made by fermenting any vegetable, usually cucumbers, in a brine solution. A brine solution is simply a salt and water mixture. Dill and garlic are usually added to the pickling brine for flavor. The pickles are allowed to ferment in the brine for up to 6 weeks. You may have heard of people burying crocks in their yard with a pickle brine solution years ago. A brine makes pickles crunchy, as the salt removes moisture from the vegetables being pickled. Here is a recipe from the "Ball Blue Book of Preserving," for pickling vegetables in a brine solution:
10 pounds vegetables
3/4 cup pickling spices of choice
2 to 3 bunches of fresh dill
1 1/2 cups canning salt
2 cups vinegar
2 gallons water
6 cloves of garlic (optional)
Wash and drain the vegetables. Put half the pickling spice at the bottom of a sterile pickling container. Add vegetables leaving 4 inches of space at the top. Combine the salt, vinegar and the water, this is your brine solution. Pour the brine over the vegetables. Layer the dill on top, then add the remaining pickling spices. Add the garlic. Place a sterile, heavy object on top of the vegetables to weigh them down in the solution. Allow the vegetables to ferment in a cool dry place for 2 to 3 weeks. Remove the vegetables from the brine solution. Bring the brine to a boil in a large stockpot. Pack the vegetables into sterile canning jars. Leave at least 1/4 inch of space at the top of the jar. Ladle the boiled brine solution over the pickled vegetables. Place the lids and rims on the jars and boil in a water bath canner for 15 minutes.
What is Pickle Canning?
The Pickling Process
Although we usually think of pickles as cucumbers, "pickling" is actually a canning term that can apply to meat, vegetables, or any food that undergoes the "pickling process." What is the pickling process? Pickling is fermenting in a brine of salt, or vinegar.
Cookbooks with Pickle Canning Recipes
The Complete Book of Pickling
This pickle canning book has over 250 recipes, so you will have endless ideas for using your garden vegetables. It is also easy to navigate, making it easier to find the right recipe.
The beauty of this cold pack (also called raw pack) pickle canning recipe is it's simplicity. It is a quick and easy method for canning pickles and you don't have to worry about handling the cucumbers while they are hot. The pickles will be soft, not crunchy. To make pickles crisp and crunchy the must be soaked in a brine of salt, or have other ingredients added for crunch, such as alum.
Sweet Pickle Relish
Homemade Canned Pickle Relish
Sweet Pickle Canning Recipe
This is a sweet pickle relish for hot dog, hamburgers or potato salads. Make this up from your garden cucumbers and you won't need to buy pickle relish all year.
What's Your Favorite Pickle Canning Recipe?
How do YOU like your pickles?
Easy Refrigerator Pickles (a Non-Canning Recipe)
Pickle No-Canning Recipe
These refrigerator pickles are just mixed up and placed in the "ice box." There is no canning required. Some people call them "ice box" pickles.
So You Want to Make Pickle Relish, but You Don't Have Cucumbers
Don't Fear Zucchini Works Too!
If you want to make pickles, but you don't have any cucumbers, do not fear. You can pickle virtually any vegetable. Zucchini, also known as summer squash, pickles much like a cucumber. I usually have an abundance of zucchini in the summer, so I use what we can't eat to make this sweet relish:
Pickled Fruit Canning Recipes
Recipes for Pickling Fruits
How about pickling fruit? This curried apple chutney is a perfect way to use the apple harvest. A chutney, is a relish often served alongside meats, or the main course of a meal. Like pickles, a chutney recipe almost always contains vinegar. However, unlike pickled vegetables, chutneys main ingredient is fruit, making chutney a sweet and sour adventure.
Pickling Vegetable Recipes
More Recipes for Pickled Vegetables
Beets are good for your blood and have a variety of other health benefits. If you are a gardener, you know beets are ready early in the summer. If you aren't a gardener, but want to pickle and can some vegetables to stock your pantry, these vegetables are found at the farmers markets as early as June.
If you are a horseradish lover, try this canning recipe for making the condiment at home:
Pickles and Relishes
Everything you need to know about pickling vegetables: Traditional crock, sweet, dill, relish, freezer and refrigerator recipes. There are also salt free recipes.
Adjusting Processing Time for Pickles
20 mins. or less
More than 20 mins.
Cold Pack Pickle Recipe Videos from YouTube
Below are 2 video tutorials for making raw pack dill pickles. The advantage of raw packing is that you can handle the cucumbers cold. The first video shows the pickles made for the refrigerator and eating for several weeks. The second video explains how to prepare the jars if you are planning to can the pickles for preservation. Both recipes use fresh cucumbers, dill, and garlic covered with brine.
How to Make Dill Pickles for Refrigerator Storage
How to Make Dill Pickles for Canning
Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving
Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving
The Ball Blue book has long been the most trusted name in home canning. It is also the most popular food preservation recipe book on Amazon.com. Ball is a name that is trusted to adhere to the most recent standards and this is the most recent version of their book.
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How to Make Cruchy Dill Pickles that are Kosher
Cruchy Kosher Dills
Many people desire to make dill pickles crunchy without the use of alum. Cutting off the tips of the cucumbers as seen in this video is a must. The ends contain enzymes that will keep the finished pickles from being crunchy. Letting the cucumbers soak in brine before canning them is a traditional method for crunchy pickles. Many people also claim that adding a grape leaf to the jar will result in extra crunchy dills with no alum.