04 August 2008

Quick Dill Pickles

When the collaborators of Putting Food By called their recipe for dill pickles "Quick" they weren't kidding. One batch, eight pints, only took just over an hour (this included prep time as well). This was our first go around at canning and I don't think we did too bad.

Quick note: Don't be afraid to make too much of the pickling juices; running out in the middle can complicate things. Trust me on this one.

When I said that this was our first go around at canning, there should be a footnote. And to save this world from yet another unnecessary superscript, unnecessary because it really isn't all that important, I'll make the note here: When I was a kid, we did a shitload of canning. If it was even remotely edible, my old man wanted to can it. It actually got out of hand and was no fun at all. So little fun in fact that I ignored the idea of canning for at least sixteen years. I was afraid that it would still suck, but thankfully it did not.

Another note: Okay, I'm rambling, I know. I'm kind of stalling while I wait for Blogger's photo upload thing-a-ma-jig to work. The damn thing keeps coming up error messages. Bastards.

Alrighty. We made pickles tonight. Photos will arrive tomorrow.


MeadowLark said...

Can't wait!
'cause I made pickles last night too! But mine are supposed to take something like 3 weeks! So not so quick. :)

Taylor said...

I'm in the market for a "quick" pickle recipe. Are yours refrigerator pickles or the other kind?

mike said...

That's great! I can't wait to try making pickles...and canning...and i have no idea how to do either...but my cucumbers were mostly annihilated, save one that fought back, but currently has only those little tiny baby cukes on it.

Kelly said...

Thanks for the comments guys. The recipe we used is done on the stove and I kid you not that it only took an hour to do. We do want to try recipes that require a soaking period. I imagine that the flavor would be stronger and the texture a bit crisper. If you are interested, go to The Slow Cook. Ed did a pretty cool series on pickles not to long ago that I think you might enjoy.

Kelly said...

The recipe we are using is prepared on the stove. I don't believe I've ever heard of refrigerator pickles.