Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pickles and Pickled Onions

I love pickles...who doesn't?? After testing several recipes, this is my all time favorite. It's very similar to the old fashioned Claussen that I grew up on.

You will need a 1 quart jar/container

4-5 pickling cucumbers
1/8 cup onion minced (I use a cheese grater. Super fast and easy)
1 1/2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 1/2 heads fresh dill
1/2 quart water
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/8 cup canning salt*

Slice cucumbers lengthwise into quarters (or whatever pickle shape you desire)

Place cucumbers and dill in your 1 quart jar/container/what have you*

Bring liquids and seasonings to a boil, then cool

Pour cooled liquid spice mix over the cucumbers and cover

Place container on the counter away from direct heat for 3 days, turning or shaking once a day

After 3 days, refrigerate

Good for up to two months

*Canning salt is very inexpensive (under $2) and is used for pickling and canning b/c it does not have additives and will dissolve completely in hot water

*Because this is a refrigerator pickle and not shelved, any container in your cabinet will do, as long as it's the right size

This is the most simple pickled onion recipe known to man. And speaking of men...they love it.

You will need a 2 pint jar/container

1 medium red onion
2 cups apple cidar vinegar

Slice the onion and place in tupperware/jar

Pour the vinegar over the onions


Good for at least 2 months

What that's it???
Prepare for a new level of easy awesomeness.

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