I can’t stop pickling.
No, really, this is my new favorite hobby. Take a delicious vegetable and make it even more delicious by soaking it in vinegar and spices. Genius!
Since I’ve been having so much fun pickling veggies this summer, I knew I need to make the ultimate pickle classic: the dill pickle spear.
I stumbled upon this recipe and I knew that this was the dill pickle recipe I was going to try first. The photos were gorgeous and the recipe looked fresh and simple. So I set about finding some pickling cucumbers (Fred Meyer does not carry them, but Trader Joe’s does. And I was too impatient/craving pickles so I chose not to wait 5 days until the farmer’s market. Don’t judge.)
However, conquering the classic dill pickle spear made me slightly nervous. You see, my husband LOVES dill pickle spears. He even has theories on which brand of pickle spears are the best. He only likes the pickles that come from the refrigerated section and swears that they are crunchier than the sad pickles on the regular old grocery store shelf. He’s really into pickles.
I was worried that mine wouldn’t compare. And while it was my first attempt (and should be granted a small margin for error), I still wanted to make the perfect pickle. I wanted my pickle-enthusiast husband to really, truly love my dill pickle spears. And, guess what? He did love them. And I love them. And everyone who has tried them has loved them (my friend Priscilla requested a jar of these dill pickles for her birthday. They are that good). So, the next time I am at the farmer’s market, I am stocking up on pickling cucumbers. I will forewarn that once you open a jar of these, they disappear quickly. I’d recommend making two jars (or more) at a time. :)
24 Hour Dill Pickles (aka refrigerator pickles).
Adapted from Blondies Cakes
4 cups water
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tbl kosher salt
1 tsp white sugar
4-6 cloves of garlic, sliced thin (or if you’re lazy like me, you’ll just smash them with your knife and throw them in the jar)
5 or 6 pickling cucumber, cut into quarters
1/2 tsp allspices seeds
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
6 sprigs fresh dill
Combine water, vinegar, salt, and sugar in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then set aside and let cool.
Add the mustard seeds, peppercorns and whole allspice to a large mason jar. Pack in as many cucumber spears as will comfortably fit in the jar, and then pack in the dill sprigs and pieces of garlic.
Once the water & vinegar mixture has cooled (i.e. the brine), pour the liquid over the cucumbers in the jar. Seal with a clean lid and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before eating.