Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dill And Garlic Freezer Pickles

Cucumbers again Mags? Really? Didn't you just post about them yesterday?

Well, technically this isn't a cucumber recipe, it's a pickle recipe so let's all relax and cut me a generous amount of slack. Besides, what else am I supposed to do with the mountain of cucumbers that's overtaken my countertop? You can only eat so many on salads and since I'm certainly not the type to promote cucumbers as sex toys, I made the bumper crop into freezer pickles. Are we kosher now?

I actually made a batch of freezer pickles last summer that were really, really good. But this time around I wanted something a little less sweet and with more of a salty, dilly, garlicy bite. When I make these freezer pickles next summer I'm going to add some smashed garlic cloves to the mix to make them even more garlicy. Once thawed, these pickles keep for weeks in the fridge, and remain as crisp as the day you sliced them.

Garlic and Dill Freezer Pickles

8 cups thinly sliced cucumbers
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 cup white vinegar
2 TBSP pickling salt
1 tsp celery seed
1 cup Splenda (or sugar)
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried dill weed

Combine cucumbers and onions in a large bowl.

In a small sauce pan, heat the remaining ingredients to boiling. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Pour the brine over the cucumbers and onions and stir well. Cover and place bowl in the refrigerator. Stir once daily for the next three days. Spoon cucumbers and onions into freezer containers and cover with the brine. Place containers in freezer. These will keep frozen for up to one year. Thaw overnight in fridge when ready to serve.

20 comments:

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

I grew up in a home of homemade pickles. I don't think I have ever had a freezer one though!

Haden News said...

We are thinking alike...i posted a recipe for easy refrigerator pickles. I have never tried this freezer method. So many pickles, so many recipes, so little time :)

June said...

Wow Mags, this is a new one to me too. I've never heard of freezer pickles, but we love pickles so I'll be trying this out with the extra garlic of course.

Pam said...

I adore freezer pickles!!!

stephchows said...

i'm seeing these all over the blogs and am loving it!!! I need to make some now!!!!!

The Mom Chef said...

Ok, so I briefly considered making the sex toy joke in your last post but walked away from it. Nice to see one of us had the guts to semi-go there! :)

Julie said...

These look delicious, wish I had more cucumbers!

I thought zucchini's were the sex toys? :)

Moogie said...

You're quite the pickle Mags. When are you going to invite me over for a sleep-over?

Sue said...

I'm amazed...I had no idea you could freeze PICKLES! I just might try these...they sound delicious!

Barbara said...

My mother and grandmother used to make these, Mags, but never the freezer version.
I love your recipe...wish I had more people at home to enjoy them!

Mary said...

I've never made the freezer version of these. They look wonderful, Mags. I hope the day is treating you well. Blessings...Mary

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

I'm intrigued by the idea of freezer pickles... We've had a ridiculous number of cucumbers from our CSA and garden (I've already made two batches of bread and butter pickles totaling about 15 pints). Next week I'll have to make these!

Leslie said...

Are you kidding me? You can make pickles and freeze them?!? Well, I guess you can because Mags said she did. I must try this. With the extra garlic, of course.

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Anonymous said...

Can you use kosher salt instead of pickling salt?

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Anonymous: from my box of kosher salt: Generally you can you kosher salt as you would canning and pickling salt...tsp for tsp. For amounts greater than 1/4 cup, increase the amount of kosher salt by one TBSP for each 1/4 cup salt.

Hope that helps!

Beantree Designs said...

this sounds great, dill is my favorite pickle and I hope to have a bumper crop this year.

Gretchen said...

Just found this recipe, and want to try, but I HATE sweet pickles. Do you have to add the sugar? Thansk!

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Gretchen: This is a recipe for a sweet pickle. I don't know how it would turn out without the sugar. Perhaps a different recipe might be what you're looking for?

Sharon said...

These sound great! I wonder if you could use the left over pickle juice from store bought pickles? Just curious! Definitely gonna try this!