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Kosher Garlic and Dill Pickled Cucumbers (Parve)

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Old Fashioned Garlic and Dill Pickled Cucumbers

Old Fashioned Garlic and Dill Pickled Cucumbers

Giora Shimoni
My father made these Pickled Cucumbers when I was growing up. I tried them once, and my kids fell in love with them. Now every morning they ask me to make them a pita stuffed with humus and these pickles for school. I call them old fashioned pickles because they don't use pickling mixes or any such modern ingredients. In this recipe the cucumbers are pickled in water, salt, vinegar, garlic and dill.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 pounds (1 1/2-2 kilo) young and small cucumbers (dark green, firm, warty skin)
  • 2-4 sprigs of fresh dill
  • 6-8 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and cut in half
  • water
  • kosher salt
  • white vinegar

Preparation:

1. In a large jar, place 2 sprigs of dill and 3-4 cloves of garlic.
2. Wash and snip off ends of cucumbers. Put cucumbers in the jar until it is full.
3. Add water to the jar, one cup at a time. Then add 1 tablespoon of kosher salt and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar for every 3 cups of water added.
4. Top with 2 more sprigs of dill and 3-4 more cloves of garlic.
5. Once the jar is filled to the top, seal jar. Gently shake to mix.
6. Set in window or outside where it will get some sun. Allow approximately 4 days for fermenting. If you like more sour pickles, can can let them stay in the jar for an extra day or two.
7. Refrigerate.

TIPS:

1. Use cucumbers that are small, young, dark green, firm, and have warty skin.
2. The jar should be filled to the top with the cucumbers and water (see photo).
3. The vinegar ensures the pickles will be crunchy and not soft. So if you like a hard pickle, add a bit more vinegar.
4. If you want your pickles to be ready in less than 4 days, you can boil the water with the salt and vinegar. Let it stand so it gets to room temperature. And then add it to the cucumbers. This speeds the fermenting time.
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