This year has been a tough year for my garden! I planted cucumbers but no such luck! Everything I’ve planted was either eaten by bugs or suffered from drought. Some years are just like that I guess! However, a friend of mine gave me a massive pickling cucumber from her garden that I didn’t wan to go to waste. I came up with this very simple single jar pickle recipe and in a few days, there were ready to eat and simply delicious!
I happened to have some fresh dill in one my herb pots that reseeded itself so I was in luck! Also, having a good pickling spice mix on hand is great for occasions like this. My uncle bought me this one from Butcher & Packer, but you can really buy it anywhere. I’ve seen a few on Amazon you can buy in bulk. The key is fresh garlic and the right ratio salt, vinegar, & water.
Easy Single Jar Spicy Dill Pickles
Wide mouth 32 oz Ball Jars work best for this!
- 1 Large Pickling Cucumber
- 2 TBS Pickling Spice
- 2 Cloves of Fresh Garlic
- 3 Sprigs of Fresh Dill
- 1/2 TSP Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 1/2 Cups Water
- 1/2 Cup White Vinegar
- 1 1/2 TBS Iodized Salt
- Sterilize a ball jar by boiling it in hot water and let it cool.
- Bring water, vinegar, and salt to a boil in a small saucepan.
- While waiting, add pickling spice, red pepper, 2 cloves of garlic sliced to the jar.
- Slice the cucumber in to evenly sized spears which is best for fitting into the jar.
- Place the spears vertically within the jar and shove the fresh dill in between.
- Once the pickling solution has simmered and all the salt has dissolved pour it into the jar and cover the pickles completely almost to the top.
- Put the lid on the jar and secure the ring.
- Using a hot pad or oven mix tip the jar upside-down a few times to distribute the mixture.
- The lid of the jar should suction shut and be firm once it's sat for a few minutes.
- You can keep them on the counter for up to a week, periodically flipping the jar upside down to mix the spices.
- They should be good to eat around day 5 or so.
- Store in the refrigerator once opened.