When making dill pickles, substitute whole dill seed for dried dill weed. The seeds have a stronger flavor and will hold up better in the brine. One tablespoon of dill seed is equivalent to 2 heads of fresh dill.
Dill and cucumbers are natural companions in a number of dishes. I turn to this recipe every summer when my garden is in full bloom. My family can hardly wait to eat these pickles.—Kay Curtis, Guthrie, Oklahoma
When I was raising my big family, I'd make dill pickles toward the end of the growing season for winter's keeping. Crushed red pepper flakes gives them a bit of bite.— Lillian Julow, Gainesville, Florida
A co-worker brought these pickled beans into work one day...I was hooked after one bite! And I was thrilled when a jar of my beans won first place at the local county fair.—Jill Darin, Geneseo, Illinois