Dill Pickles is the name for pickled cucumbers packed with fresh dill. You can use larger cucumbers, and cut them to fit the jars, or better still use small (pickling) cucumbers which are grown and harvested specifically to fit into the preserving jars whole.
Dill Pickles Recipe
Makes about 900g of pickled dills to pot. This is a simple cold packed recipe, using a special pickling spice blend recipe.
- 20 small pickling cucumbers
- 2 litres water
- 1 75g coarse sea salt
- 15 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
- 2 bunches fresh dill
- 2 tbsp mixed pickling spice blend (see below)
- 2 hot fresh red chillies
Scrub the cucumbers and rinse well in cold water. Leave to dry.
Put the water and sea salt in a large saucepan, and bring it to the boil to make a brine. Turn off the heat, and leave to cool to room temperature.
Using the flat side of a knife blade and lightly crush each garlic clove, breaking the papery skin.
Pack the cooled cucumbers tightly into one or two wide-necked, sterilized jars, layering them with the crushed garlic, fresh dill, dill seeds and pickling spice. Add one red chilli to each jar. Pour over the cooled brine, making sure that the cucumbers are completely covered. Tap the jars on the work surface to dispel any trapped air bubbles.
Cover the jars with lids and then leave to stand at room temperature for a week before serving. Store in the refrigerator.
Pickling Spice Blend
All the spices below need to be crushed very fine using a pestle and mortar, or run through a spice grinder, into powder. Store the pickling spice blend in a small seal-able jar and use with a few months to retain freshness.
- 1 teaspoon chilli flakes (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard seed
- 2 tablespoons black Mustard seed
- 2 tablespoons coriander seed
- 2 tablespoons allspice berries
- 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon dill seed
- 1 tablespoon fennel seed
- 2 teaspoons whole cloves
- 2 teaspoons celery seed
- 2 teaspoons mace blades
- 8 small dried bay leaves
This pickling spice blend will keep for a few months sealed, use in any pickling recipe.