Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Last Minute Gift Idea: Homemade Pickles

by Allison of Fraske Designs

If you are looking for a neat homemade treat that's a little different than cookies or pie, give this easy homemade pickle recipe a try! They are really very simple to make (it is a refrigerator, non-canning method), the ingredient list is short, and prep time is quick! I am making them as hostess gifts for Christmas this year (shhh don't spoil the surprise) because... who doesn't like pickles?

There are several non-canning methods you can find online. I adapted my recipe from the website Never Trust a Skinny Baker.


3 cups distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp of pickling spice
2 cups hot water
2 pounds pickling cucumbers, sliced in spears or discs
1 bunch of chopped fresh dill
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped


Mix vinegar, sugar, salt, and pickling spice in a large, heat-safe bowl. Pour the hot water (I just boiled it in a kettle) over the vinegar mixture, and mix until the sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature.

Chop cucumbers into spears, and divide them into jars (I used pint sized Ball jars which you can find in your local supermarket or hardware store for cheap).

Chop the dill and the garlic, and divide it evenly among your jars, and pour the cooled brine over the cucumbers. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours or up to two weeks, and enjoy!

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