If you are looking for an easy way to use up those cucumbers (and fresh dill) coming out of your garden, try this simple recipe for Sweet & Spicy Refrigerator Dill Pickles.
6 pickling cucumbers
2 cups water
1 3/4 cups distilled white vinegar
1 cup packed, coarsely chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup sugar
8 cloves garlic, halved
1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt
2 tablespoons pickling spice mix*
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (more or less depending on your desired spiciness level)
*Some grocery stores do not carry pickling spice, so if you cannot find it, substitute for 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dill seeds, 1 teaspoon whole black pepper corns, and 1 teaspoon caraway seeds.
1. Combine all ingredients, except dill, in a large bowl. Let stand at room temperature for about 2 hours or until the sugar and salt dissolve.
2. Quarter each cucumber into spears and then place in wide-mouth jars. You will need about 3 jars depending on the size of your cucumbers and the sizes of your jars.
3. Pour vinegar/spice pickling mixture evenly into each jar.
4. Cover jars with lids and close tightly. Refrigerate for 2 weeks. These will stay fresh for 1 additional month following the 2 week 'pickling time'.
Keep refrigerated and enjoy!
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