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My first pickling

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

i've been wanting to make pickles for awhile so i finally got 'round to it.  i had bought some mini cucs a few weeks back at the store but unfortunately i let there them to long and they rotted...so i went to publix and bought some regular cucs.

 

sliced them up and boiled the jars to sanitize. 

 

i made 2 flavors (wanted to keep it basic for my first time)

 

Jar #1

- 1TBS Dill weed

- 1tsp white pepper (didnt have pepper corns)

 

Jar #1

- 1TBS Dill weed

- 1tsp white pepper (didnt have pepper corns)

- 1tsp Chipotle powder

 

brought 3 cups water and 2 3/4 cups white vinegar to a boil and reduced heat.  then stirred in 1/4cup kosher salt.

 

i got a little nervous because i didnt hear the POP till about 30 mins..then the 2nd one popped probably 20 mins after that.  now ive got them stored in a dark place in my closet.

 

Going to wait 3 weeks and them give them a try

 

Here are the pics!

 

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Question...the seasonings keep accumluating at the bottom..should i shake the jars ever few days or so? or does this not matter?

post #2 of 19

I don't think it matters Doug.

Once it's been brought to a boil the flavors are released into the liquid.

 

Interested to see how they come out

post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 

i'll post my results and taste test in a few weeks!

post #4 of 19

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Now your pickles look good so far. I have started making some myself and they have came out pretty good. I didn't boil the pickle water I just poured it into the jar. I used a little cydar vinegar and some pickling spices and added some dill weed and let them sit in the frig for a couple of weeks and they came out prett darn good. So I'm gonna have to check back on this one for sure. 

post #5 of 19

They look great Doug!

 

Can't wait to see how they taste!

post #6 of 19

Looks great.icon14.gif

post #7 of 19

Looks good...I do not know if it makes any difference or not but when I pickle something I usually shake them up every few days. BTJM...

post #8 of 19

I love to make Kosher Dill Pickles...I usually use Kirby Cuc's, I'm interested to see how these come out...JJ

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

yea i've been shaking every few days or so but the spices seem to be mixing around the jar now and not settling as much.

 

i dont need to refrigerate this do i?

post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 

**Update**

 

hey guys...so i have a question...i've had these buggers pickling since Dec. 4th and they still dont look transparent enough to me..but then again i've never done this before so i could be wrong.

 

i even went to publix and compared to a jar that had similar thickness cuts as mine but i would say they weren't far off, looks-wise.

 

do you think these are "done" or should i let them sit longer...here is a pic i took last week

 

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post #11 of 19

I asked my mom what she thought since she's the pickle maker. She said pickles are ready in 3 to 4 weeks. However the longer they sit the better they are, she recommends at least 8 weeks. She also stated there was no need to shake the jars. She also had a tip for you, Use fresh dill, and if you can find it with dill heads.

This pic should help you see what she is referring too

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post #12 of 19

we make full cuke pickles similar to the way you did and I think we let them sit 21days, unless you put tumeric in your mix they don't do a whole lot of color change

 

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Edited by Big Casino - 1/17/12 at 1:19pm
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 

thanks for the info guys!

 

i'll open these up this weekend and give them a taste!   Good call on the fresh dill, i was wondering how much of a difference it would be between dried dill

 

post #14 of 19

Hey D. The pickles look great! When I can "Stuff" I always leave the rings off until I start eating whatever I pickled. If you have any kind of problems the lids will come off from the pressure and you know not to eat the "stuff". 

post #15 of 19

Great looking pickles by all of you guys - just another item I need to add to the list 

post #16 of 19

Impressive and I can't wait to hear how the tasting went!

post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by mballi3011 View Post

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Now your pickles look good so far. I have started making some myself and they have came out pretty good. I didn't boil the pickle water I just poured it into the jar. I used a little cydar vinegar and some pickling spices and added some dill weed and let them sit in the frig for a couple of weeks and they came out prett darn good. So I'm gonna have to check back on this one for sure. 

  That's the way I like to do my Okra, It comes out Awesome
 

 

post #18 of 19

oh yea, lookin good

post #19 of 19

This is as frustrating as waiting for smoked cheese!

 

Good luck and good smoking.

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