Try this research-tested recipe for homemade dill pickles courtesy of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
- 8 pounds, Pickling cucumbers (3 to 5-inch)
- 2 gallons, Water
- 1 ¼ cups, Canning or pickling salt
- 1 ½ quarts, Vinegar (5%)
- ¼ cup, Sugar
- 2 quarts, Water
- 2 tablespoons, Whole mixed pickling spice
- 3 tablespoons, Whole mustard spice
- 14 heads, Fresh dill
- 4 ½ tablespoons, Dill seed
Yield: Makes about 7 to 9 pints.
- Wash cucumbers.
- Cut 1/16-inch slice off blossom end and discard but leave ¼-inch of stem attached.
- Dissolve ¾ cup salt in 2-gals water.
- Pour over cucumbers, let stand 12 hours, then drain.
- Combine vinegar, ½ cup salt, sugar and 2 quarts water. Add mixed pickling spices tied in a clean white cloth. Heat to boiling.
- Fill jars with cucumbers. Add 1 tsp mustard seed and 1 ½ heads fresh dill to each pint. Cover with boiling pickling solution, leaving ½-inch headspace.
- Secure lids and process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes (Altitudes above 1,000 ft require an increase in processing time).
SDSU Extension recommends using evidence-based recipes when engaging in food preservation at home. The recipe above has been research-tested and provided by the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Do not modify ingredients.