In trying to figure out what to do with my mounds and mounds of cucumbers I find myself harvesting, I found some seemingly easy recipes for pickles and decided to give it a shot. Pinterest had a plethora of pickle recipes for me to check out, but I decided to go with this one from the kitchn because it seemed relatively simple.
First, I needed a few jars. Good thing I have cabinets full of these guys.
From there, I actually messed up and filled the jars with cucumbers first instead of the spices and garlic, but I don’t know that it made any difference in the end result.
My mom and my good friend both requested spears, and I sliced up cucumber coins with what was left to make slices for myself.
You can tell I was really precise with this.
Then I added the spices and some smashed garlic. My fragile pallet can’t take spicy, so I played it safe for myself. My mom and friend like some heat, though, so I added red pepper flakes for them.
Lastly, I added the brining liquid. Water + ACV + salt. It took a lot longer than I expected to boil, but otherwise easy peasy.
I brought my mom her jar when I picked her up from the airport – because what’s more refreshing in 105 degree humid Texas swamp air than a crisp dill pickle, right? She was less enthusiastic. According to her, it looked a “little muddy” in the jar, but we determined that was the dark outside of the cucumber in the brown apple cider vinegar. It’s the flavor that counts, after all, and it got the seal of approval. So… Uncle Todd, do you prefer spears or slices? I have a care package coming your way!