Monday, April 27, 2009

Gin is Serving Homemade Spicy Garlic Dill Pickles








Is there such a thing as beyond delicious?






My obsession with canning continues with Homemade Spicy Garlic Dill Pickles. I ate these things for breakfast this morning! They have a snappy texture and are wonderfully spicy. They have an authentic taste that put store bought pickles to shame. That is all I have to say about that!






Gin's Homemade Spicy Garlic Dill Pickles








7 lbs small salad cucumbers




6 cups water




2 1/2 cup vinegar




1/2 cup minced dried onions




1 tablespoon red pepper flakes




1 5 oz Ball® Kosher Bill Pickle Mix




8 tablespoons dry white wine




4 hot small green peppers




1 head of fresh garlic




8 (16 oz) Pint Glass Preserving Jars







(1) Cut ends off cucumbers and then cut into spears. (2) In a sauce pan combine water, vinegar, minced onions, red pepper flakes, Ball® Kosher Bill Pickle Mix. Bring to a boil and simmer 15 minutes. (3) Cut hot peppers in half leaving seeds for more spice. (4) Put half pepper in each jar. (5) Pack cucumbers in jars. (6) Ladle hot liquid over cucumbers leaving 1/2 inch head space.. (7) Top with 1 garlic clove and 1 tablespoon wine. (8) Follow preserving instructions on the back of the Ball® Kosher Bill Pickle Mix. (9) ENJOY!!








If you have no desire to preserve these pickles, you can put them in jars and enjoy them now. They will last for approximately three months. If you preserve them the will keep for over a year. For added flavor you should allow the pickles to stand in the refrigerator for two weeks. This is close to impossible. I made them Friday morning and could not wait to open a jar! I gave four jars away to friends and family.








Pickles are synonymous with summer picnics and grill outs. These pickles would be great on top of a Chicago Style hot dog, grilled hamburgers, or folded in homemade ham salad. They are spicy with a small hint of sweetness. They are crisp, fresh, impressively tasty, and healthy!








I am already thinking ahead to the holidays! Can you believe it? I am going to can these all summer for holiday gift giving. After all, "it is the season to be jolly." Who would not be jolly eating one of these things? Of course, you do have to like pickles!



















36 comments:

  1. Ginger, these pickles sound like ones my Mother made; crisp with lots of garlic and spices. They were the best ever!Yours deffinately look good enough to eat for breakfast!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  2. Nothing beats homemade pickles! These look delicious.

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  3. Ohhh yum! Your first shot on top made me drool! I've never made my own pickles before! I know it's silly, but I just haven't gotten around to it.

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  4. These look wonderful. When the gang was at home pickles were always on our summer canning to-do list.

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  5. Now I am in a pickle! High blood pressure and pickles don't mix, but you better bet that yours look and sound damn good, so I might have to tickle my pickle fancy, and use the "it is for friends excuse"!

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  6. I haven't ever tried to make my own pickles. Last fall I made Ginger Pear Jam and gave it away for Christmas. It was my first attempt at canning. I keep looking at my canning pot and thinking I should use it again. Now, I know just what to make! Thanks!

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  7. I would absolutely LOVE to get these as a gift! SPiCy & gARlicKy are my favorite kind of pickles...especially w/ a SnAp to them! Yummy Gin :P

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  8. Oh my, my husband would love me forever if I made these. Thanks so much for posting this. I am going to make these this summer! Homemade pickles are the best!

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  9. I'll go ahead and put myself on the list of people that you give this to for the holidays...just putting that out there.

    I have such good memories of when I was a kid and my dad would make homemade pickles. I wish he would start doing that again!

    I'm going to try this! I love the spice!

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  10. holy cow. i've wanted to make homemade pickles for so long. these sound delicious!

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  11. How cool you made your own pickles! My hubby goes crazy over pickles and he would be heaven if I made these for him! I'm going to make a copy of this recipe right now :)

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  12. Oh wow! It has been years since I had homemade pickels. My grandfather used to make them all the time and I would beg for my own jar to take home. Reading this post brought back such fun memories. The pickles look mouthwatering.

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  13. Love cucumber but not a pickel fan but you have my vote good job.

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  14. Never thought in making my own pickles...looks delicious. Great pictures.

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  15. I love homemade dills!!! Just before St. Patty's Day I made 53 pints and 9 quarts of dills. I put horseradish in the jars too.

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  16. These sound so good. I am bound and determined to make pickles this year for some reason. I just get these ideas. I am bookmarking this recipe for sure. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am going to take some time and explore yours too!

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  17. You've just inspired me to make my own pickles! And I love your addition of "heat" with those pepper flakes. Those are my kind of pickles!

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  18. Wow,.....This looks so delicious! what a great idea! Thanks!

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  19. I love them, I have never tryed to make it by my self , I think that I will follow your recipe...
    GRAZIE for the idea.. NICE blog..

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  20. This sounds absolutely delicious. I am trying these for sure. It is my goal to learn how to jar and can by the end of the summer. This is perfect! Thank you!

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  21. Why do you have to cut the ends off? I've never seen that with store bought pickles.

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  22. I've never made pickles before, but I think you've inspired me! Thanks!

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  23. This is awesome. I can't believe I never thought to make my own pickles.

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  24. I love pickles! We eat them year 'round, especially in and with sandwiches.

    I've only made refrigerator pickles, never the kind that are "put up" as my grandmother would've said.

    Yours look so good! I can just taste them looking at your pictures. (smacking my lips at 4:30 a.m.) Yep, I can see how they'd be good for breakfast!

    You have inspired me. When cucumber season comes around here this summer, I'm going to give these a go. They look too good!!

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  25. Thanks for stopping by!!!! I look forward to looking at your blog... yummy.... food!

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  26. I was surfing around looking for a mint julep cupcake recipe and saw on a post that you were as well so I thought I'd pass on the one I found:

    http://www.hostessblog.com/2009/04/mint-julep-cupcakes-recipe/

    Those pickles look so good. I'm a huge Bubbies fan so I know I'd love these!

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  27. hey ginger! yep - sriracha is a hot sauce. it's asian - i think thai. it's so insanely good. you know what's funny? the first time i had it, it was at this fast food place near me called "noodles". who would ever expect to find great food at a fast food restaurant. but i did. and sriracha and i have been in looooove ever since :D

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  28. I had to come back for another 'picticular' view of these snappy looking guys! I almost broke down and bought some Valasic's the other day, but I resisted...the sodium screams at me with HB...have a bite for me, pucker cheeks and all :)

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  29. Hey Ginger - left you an award on my blog :) Happy pickling!

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  30. Wow!!! These are awesome! I've been dying to make some rhubarb dishes and there was none at the store last week. What lovely cakes! :) K

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  31. I love pickles, Its a great idea to make your own.

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  32. My name is franny b and I am trying this recipe tonight to take them to my family reunion Labor Day weekend. I will claim that they are homemade, but not my recipe of course. I am using Pickling salt instead of pickle mix though, because i couldn"t find pickling mix in the store. I hope it works. Next step towards pickle greatness "homemade preserved country style bread and butter pickles"!

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  33. Hey, didn't anybody notice there isn't any dill in this dill recipe...? weird, isn't it?

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  34. I suspect its in the "Dill Pickle MIx"

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  35. I suspect its in the "Dill Pickle MIx"

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