Frugal Foodie Mama: Refrigerator Baby Garlic Dill Pickles

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Refrigerator Baby Garlic Dill Pickles

These Refrigerator Baby Garlic Dill Pickles are perfectly crisp & crunchy with an amazing garlic flavor and just a little hint of heat...
These Refrigerator Baby Garlic Dill Pickles are perfectly crisp & crunchy with an amazing garlic flavor and just a little hint of heat.

One thing that my family & I just love is a good, crunchy dill pickle. We love them even better when they are garlicky with a little kick of heat. While we can always go for a jar of store bought kosher dills, I have been trying for over two summers now to come up with the perfect homemade dill pickle recipe. Last summer, I failed. This summer, I finally achieved crunchy success! :)

I have tested many the dill pickle recipe- from spears to slices- but none of them were ever quite what I was looking for. Last month I came across this recipe for Quick & Easy Dill Pickles from Once Upon A Chef. I made a few minor tweaks to the recipe to adapt it for whole baby cucumbers and to bump up the garlic factor, but other than that I didn't make too many changes to the original recipe. (If you are more into pickle spears, then definitely click over to get her recipe.)

These Refrigerator Baby Garlic Dill Pickles are perfectly crisp & crunchy with an amazing garlic flavor and just a little hint of heat.

The key here is to find the smallest pickling cucumbers that you can. I lucked out when I came across a vendor at my local farmers market a few weeks back who had them by the bushel. I scooped up about two pounds of these babies, brought them home, & got to pickling.


These Refrigerator Baby Garlic Dill Pickles are perfectly crisp & crunchy with an amazing garlic flavor and just a little hint of heat.

These Refrigerator Baby Garlic Dill Pickles are perfectly crisp & crunchy with an amazing garlic flavor and just a little hint of heat from the crushed red pepper. If you happen to be a fan of spicier pickles, you could always increase the red pepper flakes in your batch.

In just 24 hours, you and your family can be snacking on these amazing homemade pickles. And bonus? No canning is required! Just stuff the jars with the cucumbers & all of the pickling goodies, pour the brine over top, and let your fridge do the rest of the work. :)


These Refrigerator Baby Garlic Dill Pickles are perfectly crisp & crunchy with an amazing garlic flavor and just a little hint of heat.

Refrigerator Baby Garlic Dill Pickles
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 24 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (About 2 quart jars)
  • 1 1/4 cups white vinegar
  • 3 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups cold water
  • About 2 pounds of small pickling cucumbers, washed
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 8-10 large garlic cloves, peeled & smashed
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (depending on your heat preference)
  • 16 dill sprigs
Instructions
Combine the vinegar, salt, & sugar in a small saucepan over high heat. Whisk until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove from the heat & then whisk the water into the pan. Allow to cool to warm.

While the brine is cooling, drop the garlic cloves into each jar (4-5 per jar). Layer in the cucumbers, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, red pepper flakes, dill sprigs, dividing evenly into each jar. Using a funnel, pour the warm brine into each jar making sure all the cucumbers are completely covered. If necessary, add a bit of cold water to the jars until the brine covers the cucumbers.

Place the lids on the jars tightly & let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate the jars at least 24 hours before serving. Cucumbers will keep in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Enjoy!


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