Homemade Pickles

Many of you have gardens and are growing cucumbers. Try this easy recipe for

Homemade Pickles:

pickle jar

Fresh Kirby cucumbers (or other dense cucumber with thin skin. Avoid salad cucumbers or waxed cucumbers)
2 cups pure water (non-chlorinated. If your tap is chlorinated, leave to sit on the counter uncovered overnight and the chlorine will dissipate. Bottled water also is OK)
1 tablespoon Kosher salt (or fine sea salt. Do not use iodized salts)
Fresh garlic (optional)
Fresh dill (optional)
Other ingredients you can add include onion, coriander, and jalapeno.

In a separate bowl mix together water and salt (about 1 tablespoon for every 2 cups of water) until the salt is dissolved. Make as much brine as you need and it’s fine to make too much.
Cut the cucumbers into desired shape and size and pack them into sanitized glass jars with the other vegetables and spices (see above) if you are adding any.
Fill the jar with the water and salt solution, making sure the cucumbers are completely submerged. Cap the jars with their lids and let sit out.
You should eventually begin to notice rising, and maybe a little froth. After 3 days, taste a pickle. It should be about half-sour. If you’d prefer a full-sour, let the jar sit for another two days.
The jar should remain room temperature for a maximum of five days to preserve the pickle’s texture. After five days, or whenever the pickle reaches the right flavor skim the froth off the top of the brine, then place the jar in the fridge to stop the fermentation process.

The pickles last about 6 months in the fridge.
Enjoy your homemade pickles!

Do you have any easy summer recipes using only a few ingredients? Please share!


About Josie

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations. Send her an email at: josieriviera@aol.com
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10 Responses to Homemade Pickles

  1. bethtrissel says:

    They look lovely. Sadly, all our cucumbers died.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. nitethyme says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I love pickles. My Mom used to make them every year. Linda

    Liked by 1 person

  3. marymarvella says:

    Interesting. I might try it!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Debby Grahl says:

    I love bread and butter pickles!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Josie says:

    Beth, Why did all your cucumbers die this year?


  6. Josie says:

    You’re very welcome for the recipe. Was your Mom’s recipe similar to this one?


  7. Josie says:

    MM, it’s a nice, easy recipe. Let us know if you make them.


  8. Josie says:

    Debby, Are these considered bread and butter pickles?


  9. My Hubby loves pickles! Will have to try this!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Josie says:

    Easy and delicious! Let us know if your husband likes them.


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