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What to do with all those CUCUMBERS... Get your Jars Ready...Here they come!

Updated on June 27, 2012

What to do when the cucumbers are plentiful.

Poke holes, not too deep,  all over each cucumber with a fork.
Poke holes, not too deep, all over each cucumber with a fork. | Source
Cucumbers, Dill, Garlic, Kosher Salt and Clean Jars and Lids.
Cucumbers, Dill, Garlic, Kosher Salt and Clean Jars and Lids. | Source
Then Crush the Garlic.
Then Crush the Garlic. | Source
Put the Garlic and Fresh Dill in First. Then Pack the Cucumbers in as many and as tight as you can, without crushing the cucumbers..
Put the Garlic and Fresh Dill in First. Then Pack the Cucumbers in as many and as tight as you can, without crushing the cucumbers.. | Source
Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Salt to a Pint Jar and 1 teaspoon of Salt to a Quart Jar.
Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Salt to a Pint Jar and 1 teaspoon of Salt to a Quart Jar. | Source
Leave 1/2 inch head space.
Leave 1/2 inch head space. | Source
Then remove the lid and set the jar out of direct sun light with the lid slightly covering the entire jar top.  Let it sit out until the water looks cloudy.  Screw on the lid. Then keep in refrigerator for 2 weeks.
Then remove the lid and set the jar out of direct sun light with the lid slightly covering the entire jar top. Let it sit out until the water looks cloudy. Screw on the lid. Then keep in refrigerator for 2 weeks. | Source
We add fresh cleaned and poked cucumbers with a little Kosher salt, garlic and fresh dill from the garden, to Dill Pickles that we bought from the store. In a few days they are perfect Dill Pickles.
We add fresh cleaned and poked cucumbers with a little Kosher salt, garlic and fresh dill from the garden, to Dill Pickles that we bought from the store. In a few days they are perfect Dill Pickles. | Source

Perfect Homemade Dill Pickles.

Get ready... they are growing like crazy!

It's hard to keep up with all the cucumbers as they grow on the vine. We have to go out every day, once the cucumbers make their appearance on the vines and pick and process them every way we know how.

Mostly, we make dill pickles and use the rest for salads and creamed cucumbers.

That's the Way the Garden Goes...

Isn't it a shame that we can't harvest cucumbers all throughout the summer and into the fall. When they are here, they are here and we have to do whatever needs to be done with them. Here are a few recipes for... "What to do with all those Cucumbers."

Creamed Cucumbers Recipe

4 Med. Cucumbers - Cleaned, Peeled and Sliced thinly (1 Med. Cucumber Per Person)

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

2 Tablespoons Fresh Chopped Dill

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Mix all ingredients together and chill for at least 1 Hour.

Fresh Dill Pickles Recipe

6-8 small cucumbers, 2 1/2 - 3 inches in size (or kirby cucumbers) per pint. Double for Quart size, or as many as you can fit into your jars.

1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt for pint size or 1 teaspoon for Quart size.

2-3 peeled and crushed cloves of garlic for pint size jar or 3-6 cloves for Quart size jar.

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill (DO NOT USE DRIED DILL)

Filtered water to fill packed jars.

Wash and dry the cucumbers. Poke holes all over the cucumbers with a fork. Just do tiny pricks. No need to push the fork in deeply. Chop the cleaned dill. Peel and crush the garlic.

In a clean jar add the garlic and dill. Put as many cucumbers in the jar that you can fit without crushing the cucumbers and add the salt.

Fill the jar with filtered water, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch head space. Put the lid on and shake the jar until the salt is mixed well. Take the lid off and turn the lid upside down with a small area of the water showing. Leave the jar (or jars) on your counter or out of the sun light for a few days. As soon as the water looks cloudy screw the lid on and be sure to refrigerator the jars. They will last for two weeks in the refrigerator.

Cheater Dill Pickles Recipe

If we happen to have a container of store bought pickles and the garden is overflowing with vine ready cucumbers we wash a few cucumbers, give them a few pokes with a fork, add fresh garlic, dill, a little salt and then shove them in the jar with the other pickles. Fill with filtered water, then put the container back in the refrigerator and in a few days we have more pickles.

Until we meet again... Francesca27



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    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      5 years ago from Hub Page

      You will love your pickles. We've been making them for years.

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      ElleBee 

      5 years ago

      Yum! I'm hoping I will yield lots of cukes this year so I can try my hand at making pickles! Your recipe makes it sound super easy, so hopefully that is true.

    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      6 years ago from Hub Page

      Dear asmaiftikhar, thanks for hubbing by!

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      asmaiftikhar 

      6 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks for sharing that tasty and useful hub.

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      jbhearn95 

      7 years ago

      My garden is bursting with cucumbers, I'll make these for sure.

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      WandasHomePlace 

      7 years ago

      I loved making pickles with my mom, when I was a child. I think I'm going to try this with my children... once again, thanks for the memories.

    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      7 years ago from Hub Page

      He could make them with you. They are easy and quick to put together.

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      NTR57 

      7 years ago

      My sons love pickles. I'll have to try this.

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      ajthesmeagol 

      7 years ago

      I like dill pickles. Will try these.

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      slmorgan 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      I will have to try this recipe. I use a different one, but this one looks interesting.I recently made strawberry preserves that turned out great. Homemade pickles will be nice to have with summer barbeque.

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