Old-Fashioned Garlic Dill Pickles Recipe

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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.— Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Process: 15 min.
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Process: 15 min.
MAKES: 28 servings

Ingredients

  • 15 garlic cloves, peeled and halved, divided
  • 15 fresh dill heads
  • 4 pounds small cucumbers (3 to 4 inches long)
  • 6 cups water
  • 4-1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons canning salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 10 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (trace sugars, 1g fiber), trace protein

Directions

  1. Place five garlic clove halves and five dill heads in each of three hot 1-quart jars. Pack cucumbers into jars to within 1/2 in. of the top.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring water, vinegar, salt and pepper flakes to a boil. Carefully ladle hot liquid over cucumbers, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Add remaining five garlic clove halves to each jar. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  3. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 15 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 3 quarts.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. For altitudes up to 3,000 feet, add 5 minutes; 6,000 feet, add 10 minutes; 8,000 feet, add 15 minutes; 10,000 feet, add 20 minutes.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Garlic Dill Pickles in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p216

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Reviewed Jul. 7, 2015

"I've been looking a long time for a recipe that uses fresh dill and tastes like the hamburger dill pickles from the store. This is it! I only used 4 garlic cloves per jar and added 3/4 teaspoon of turmeric to the vinegar mixture. I didn't process them in the water bath, just put them in the refrigerator for 24 hrs before trying them out. Excellent flavor!"

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