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My first go at pickles.

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by Steve H, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Steve H

    Steve H Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I've made "pickles" before. But not in the true sense. Just cukes thrown in vinegar with salt and pepper. I was going to wait until my vacuum attachment arrived to speed the process. But my wife knew I was interested in giving this a try. So she picked up a couple packs of mini cukes. And my sister had a recipe she swore by.
    So, I gave it a go.
    3 1/2 cups of water
    2 cups white vinegar
    1 tablespoon sugar
    3 tablespoons course kosher salt
    Bring the vinegar, sugar, and salt to boil.
    Place 2 teaspoons each of minced garlic, dill seed, dried dill, minced dried onion in each jar.
    Cut enough mini cukes into spears and pack somewhat loose in jars.
    Pour hot brine to 1/2" from top. Secure lid. And allow them to cool before putting in fridge.
    I'll let them set for a week and see.

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  2. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    The pickles look good, but if you don't vac pack them in a vac canister, then they will take about 6 weeks until they have their full flavor.
    Al
     
  3. Steve H

    Steve H Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Al. I'll be getting this in a few days. It's being shipped. Maybe when it arrives I can do it then to speed up the process?
     
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  4. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That will work!
    It only takes about 4-5 days under vacuum.
    Al
     
  5. Steve H

    Steve H Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Cool! I bought the vac attachment that goes on the mason jar. Sounds like a neat gizmo to vacuum pack.
     
  6. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I don't have one of those, but I have a couple of big vac canisters.
    I know some of the guys use the Mason jar attachment, & it works fine for them.
    Al
     
  7. Steve H

    Steve H Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, I thought this would work. Good to hear from somebody that knows them to.
     
  8. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your gonna love the jar attachment . Really speeds things up , but they still get better the longer they sit .
    Also , if you ever want to buy more jars make sure they are the wide mouth .
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  9. Looking real good!
     
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  10. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ah and the stage is set and once again the waiting begins. Hope it works for you Steve H.

    Warren
     
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  11. Steve H

    Steve H Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the input. Both my quart and 1/2 gallon jars are wide mouth. I prefer them.
     
  12. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey Chop, my machine pulls 27.5 vacuum.
    I think that may be too much for a mason jar.
    Wouldn't want it to implode in the fridge.
    Is there a limit on how much vacuum a glass jar will take?
    Cause that sure looks like a handy gadget.
    Al
     
  13. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    SteveH Thanks for the like.

    Warren
     
  14. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Al mason jars are pretty tough they are used in the pressure cooking in canning but any doubts check with the jar companies.

    Warren
     
  15. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Al , it's very handy .
    I looked for the specs on my machine , but didn't find any . So I had a vac gauge in my tool box ( mechanic days ) and just did a test at the gauge . It pulled 20 " .
    I'm not sure , but I think that is a working number ,, not sure how much is measured inside the jar . I think it depends on the pressure outside the jar or bag .
     
  16. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Man!
    I can actually stop mine at 20, or set it just to pull 20.
    I wonder if there is any info that tells how much vacuum a Mason jar can take, cause the more vacuum, the quicker the pickles will be done.
    Al
     
  17. ironhorse07

    ironhorse07 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Interesting question. my new machine is set for 25 but I haven't done any pickles yet.
     
  18. Steve H

    Steve H Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I've seen a few sites that say that the Ball mason jars can handle 25.0 vacuum. I'm sure max vacuum put out will vary according to your model vac sealer.
     
  19. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Have you used the Mason jar attachment & pulled 25 on a Mason jar?
    Al
     
  20. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Well Thanks Steve!
    Mine has a digital readout on it & I can stop it at any vacuum up to 27.5.
    I usually go all the way to 27.5, but could easily set it to stop at 25.
    Al