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Pickles in Under Three Hours

National Pickle Month may be coming to a close, but pickles are delicious in any month. With a bounty of Summer produce and the rising costs of prepared food, more and more people are taking up home canning. Because pickles happen to be one of my favorite snacks, I decided to take a stab at making them. However, I'm an impatient cook, an attribute that isn't conducive to making pickles. When I came across this recipe for quick dill pickles, I knew it was perfect. To see how these spears went from cucumbers to pickles in under three hours,


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First, the pickling cucumbers (I chose Kirby) get salted and drain for an hour.

Here, I used a spice bag to hold the peppercorns, garlic, and fresh and dried dill weed.

I infused the vinegar with the spices by bringing both to a boil.

The best part? The cucumbers only cook for a mere five minutes!

These are double-dill pickles — they have a dose of fresh as well as dried dill for a stronger flavor.

These will last in the refrigerator, covered, for up to two weeks...

...that is, if they don't get eaten right away.
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flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
All is good except this way almost all of the good stuff that "normal" pickles contain is lost, I'm talking about vitamins especially vitamin C) and minerals. To make pickles the "old" way does not require that much time and preparation, just do it in a larger jar, so you can enjoy it for longer :-)
smileyface smileyface 8 years
I LOVE pickles. I will have to try these!
cyrizzle cyrizzle 8 years
if only i could figure out how to make the sweet ones. i much prefer those to dill pickles...
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
I will try it as well. My frustration with pickles here is the ALL HAVE sugar in them. Grrr...I like those lovely sour crunchy style dills, so I am thrilled to find a way to make some pickles without sugar. Will definitely check this out.
Community-Manager Community-Manager 8 years
I have to give this a try! I just love pickles!
nancita nancita 8 years
I have never tried to make pickles but I LOVE them. Now I am inspired; this looks so simple!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
I'm not wild about cooked pickles, I'll be honest. Something about that texture just puts me off.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 8 years
Yumm, I'll have to try those. We make batches upon batches of pickled green beans when they are on sale. I'll also make pickled carrots and garlic. This seems like it might be a good alternative, because I hate a mushy cucumber. We've been home canning regularly for about 2 years now. It's so nice to have a ready supply of foods in our pantry. We have taken to canning meat this past year too, and that's awesome. Want sloppy joes...but all your burger meat is frozen, no problemo, just heat up a jar of canned ground beef. Tired, don't want to prepare a meal, but don't want to spend the cash to go out to eat...not a problem, crack open a can of home made canned chili. I can't wait for us to get our kitchen remodel finished....I am eager to start canning again.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
This brings back good memories: I use to make them with my grandpa when I was younger in the summer.
aembry396 aembry396 8 years
oh and garlic too!
aembry396 aembry396 8 years
Oh I make a 3 hour pickle that has slices of cucumbers, red onions, red pepper flakes, sugar, s&p and vinegar So GOOD on hotdogs!
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