First off I want to admit, I am not a canner. It seems like tedious process and one that I am not cut out for. My Grandmothers canned, my mom and my aunts can, my cousins can food from their gardens, it should be in my blood. But no, nothing there. As a matter of fact, the thought of going through all that work and then wondering if I am going to end up poisoning someone down the road, scares me. And, did I mention, it’s a lot of work.
So, when I was actually considering canning pickles for my DH and ran across some recipes for 24 hour refrigerator pickles, it was like Jesus was talking to me! I could make pickles without the threat of death to all who eat them. Hallelujah.
OK, now on to my next dilemma…are they any good?? There was only one way to find out.
Off I went to buy all the necessary ingredients; spices, herbs, jars and of course cucumbers. Viola, just 24 hours later I had some really good garlic pickles. It was amazing, and oh so easy. They were crunchy, garlicky and had just the right spice. The amazing thing about these pickles is that they get better with age. After about 3 days in the frig, they taste even better! Here is my recipe. I tweaked all the other ones that I ran across and came up with this. I hope you like it. Amen.
- 3-4 Pickling Cucumbers sliced in half or quartered
- 5 Fresh Dill Sprigs
- 3-4 Clove Garlic crushed
- 1/2 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
- 1 1/4 Cup Water
- 1 Tbs Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp Dill Seed
- 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seed
- 1/2 Tsp Coriander Seed
- 1/2 Tsp Hot Pepper Flakes
- 1/2 Tsp Celery Seed
- 1 Tsp Peppercorns
- 1 Quart Canning Jar
Mix water, vinegar, salt and sugar together in a pourable container until salt and sugar are dissolved. Arrange Dill sprigs and cucumbers in 1 quart canning jar, then drop in garlic cloves, sprinkle spices into jar, add liquid the water and vinegar mixture until jar is filled to rim. Put the lid on the jar and give it all a good shake. Refrigerate. Give it a taste test after 24 hours. If there are any left after 48 hours give them another taste, they will continue to pickle as they lay in waiting in the frig.
These pickles should be safe in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Did I mention that these pickles are very Weight Watcher friendly! One spear weighs in at a whopping 10 calories and ZERO points.