- 4 Cup water
- 2 Tablespoon pickling or fine sea salt
- .5 Cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 dill head or 6 sprigs fresh dill
- 4 Clove garlic, peeled
- 8 Cup whole pickling cucumbers
- Heat water and salt in a saucepan, stirring until salt is fully dissolved. Add white vinegar and let cool to room temperature. Slice 1/16-inch off the blossom end of each cucumber. Cut into spears. Pack a clean 2-quart canning jar or crock with dill, garlic, and cucumbers, in that order. Add the brine you made in step 1, filling the jar to the very top. Loosely cover the top with the canning lid and band but do not tighten the band. Arrange them so that one cucumber is wedged in horizontally; this keeps the others from rising toward the top. Set the jar on a saucer and store where the temperature will remain constant: 65° to 75°F is ideal. The pickles will be ready in 2 to 3 days, although full flavor will not be reached for 5 to 7 days. If your kitchen is reasonably cool, you may be able to leave the pickles out for up to 2 weeks, but if the brine starts to become cloudy, refrigerate immediately to prevent spoiling. The flavor of the dill and garlic will continue to develop. The pickles will keep for at least 3 months in the refrigerator.
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