|Jan's Quick Baby Garlic Dills|
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
|-------- ------------ --------------------------------
1 quart small pickling cucumbers
2 fresh dill heads or sprigs
= (or 2 tbspns dill seeds)
1 fresh hot pepper -- halved
= (or heaping 1/4 tspn dried hot pepper)
6 garlic cloves -- halved
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons pickling salt
1 cup white vinegar, 5% acidity
Wash 1 quart, 2 pint or 4 half-pint jars. Keep hot until needed. Prepare
lids as manufacturer directs.
Thoroughly wash cucumbers, gently scrub off blossom ends (if you don't
remove the blossom end, the pickles may become soft during aging).
Pack the hot jars with the cucumbers. Add the dill heads, hot pepper,
garlic cloves, bay leaf, and pickling salt. Remember to reduce the salt
accordingly if using pints or half pints.
Pour 1 cup vinegar into each quart jar (1/2 cup for pints; 1/4 cup for
half pints). Fill to 1/2- inch of the top with boiling water. Wipe jar
rim with clean cloth, attach lid. Fill and close remaining jars. Process
by either low-temperature pasteurization or boiling-water method.
Low-temperature pasteurization: Place jars in canner half-filled with
warm water (120 to 140 degrees). Then, add hot water to a level 1 inch
above jars. Heat the water enough to maintain 180 to 185 degrees for 30
minutes (for altitudes of 1,000 to 3,000 feet, process 35 minutes; from
3,000 to 6,000 feet, 40 minutes; above 6,000 feet, 45 minutes). Check
water temperature with a candy or jelly thermometer; it should be at least
180 degrees during the entire processing time. Temperatures higher than
185 degrees may cause unnecessary softening of pickles.
Boiling-water canner: For pints, process in a boiling-water canner for 10
minutes; at 1,000 to 6,000 feet, 15 minutes; above 6,000 feet, 20 minutes.
For quarts, process for 15 minutes; at 1,000 to 6,000 feet, 20 minutes;
above 6,000 feet, 25 minutes.
This recipe yields 1 quart.
Comments: These are one of my favorite pickles, especially now that I use
even more garlic than I used to. Apparently they've become other people's
favorites, because every season I get numerous requests for the recipe.
They're simple to make, and deliciously foolproof. Because the basic
directions yield 1 quart, this is an ideal recipe for home gardeners who
would like to handle the batches of pickling cukes that never seem to
ripen in very large numbers on any given day. The above ingredient
amounts are for 1 quart of pickles. To increase, multiply ingredients by
the number of quarts desired, up to 7 quarts.
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