How to make Sweet and Tangy Homemade Pickles

How to make Sweet and Tangy Homemade Pickles

Today, I'm thrilled to share with you a step-by-step guide on how to create delicious homemade sweet and tangy pickles. These pickles are a delightful addition to any meal or snack, and the best part is that they are easy to make. Get ready to enjoy the perfect balance of flavors in every crunchy bite!

 

 

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Ingredients:

  • 5 cups vinegar (feel free to mix white or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp pickling salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Fresh cucumbers (approximately 4-5 medium cucumbers, or one large cucumber if you leave them on the vine too long like me)

Equipment:

  • Large non-reactive saucepan
  • Sterilized glass jars with lids (I use a water bath method)
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Clean kitchen towel or paper towels
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Tongs or a jar lifter

     

    Instructions:

    Step 1: Prepare the Cucumbers

    1. Wash the cucumbers thoroughly under cold running water, removing any dirt or debris.
    2. Pat the cucumbers dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.
    3. Trim both ends of the cucumbers and slice them to your desired thickness – about 1/8 to 1/4 inch is recommended for a perfect texture.

     

    Step 2: Sterilize the Jars

    1. Wash the glass jars with warm soapy water, then rinse them thoroughly.
    2. Place the jars and lids into your water bath with boiling water for about 10 minutes to sterilize them.
    3. Remove the jars and lids from the water bath using tongs or a jar lifter and set them aside.

     

      Step 3: Prepare the Pickling Brine

      1. In a large non-reactive saucepan, combine the vinegar, mustard seed, celery seed, pickling salt, and granulated sugar.
      2. Stir the mixture over medium heat until the sugar and salt dissolve completely.
      3. Bring the pickling brine to a gentle simmer, and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

         

        Step 4: Pack the Jars

        1. Take the sterilized glass jars and pack the sliced cucumbers tightly into each jar, leaving about 1/2 inch of headspace at the top.
        2. You can also add some fresh dill sprigs, garlic cloves, or peppers to enhance the flavor.

         

        Step 5: Pour the Brine

        1. Carefully pour the hot pickling brine over the packed cucumber slices in the jars, ensuring they are fully submerged.
        2. Leave the same 1/2 inch of headspace at the top of each jar.

         

        Step 6: Seal the Jars

        1. Wipe the jar rims clean with a damp cloth to ensure a good seal.
        2. Place the lids on the jars and tighten them securely but not overly tight.

         

        Step 7: Cool and Store

        1. Allow the jars to cool to room temperature on the counter.
        2. Once cooled, label the jars with the date and store them in the refrigerator.

         

        Step 8: Let the Flavors Develop

        1. Refrigerate the pickles for at least 24 hours before enjoying them. This resting period allows the flavors to blend and develop fully.

          

        You've successfully made your own batch of delicious sweet and tangy pickles. These pickles will keep well in the refrigerator for several weeks, and their flavor will continue to deepen over time. Share the joy by giving some jars to family and friends. Happy pickling!

         

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