How to make hot & spicy pickles from your garden fresh cucumbers. A great new way to enjoy a taste of pickles that will give you a little kick!
30 - 40medium size pickling cucumbers
3⁄4 cup kosher salt
6sprigs fresh dill
1garlic bulbpeeled and chopped
1 1⁄2 tablespoons peppercorns
red dried hot chili peppers4 per pint jar
crushed red pepper flakesoptional
Sterilize canning jars and let cool until able to be easily handled. Warm canning jar lids in a small skillet with water.
Prepare water bath canner per manufacture's instructions. *Skip this step is making refrigerator pickles.
Clean cucumbers and cut off the ends and discard. Slice the cucumbers into 1/4 inch rounds. Set aside.
Place water, vinegar, salt, sugar, and turmeric in large pot. Then place the sprigs of dill and pickling spices into a cheesecloth. Tie the ends of the cheesecloth and place in the pot.
Bring liquid mixture to a boil to make the brine solution. Reduce and simmer for 5 minutes.
Place a few peppercorns, 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic, and 4 dried red chili peppers into each pint jar. *Add crushed red pepper flakes for an even hotter pickle.
Place cucumber slices in jar and fill with brine solution, leaving 1/2 inch space at the top. Refrigerate immediately or prepare to can using the water bath method.
Water Bath Canning Instructions
Using a plastic utensil, remove any air bubbles by sliding the utensil down the inside of the jar. Add more brine, leaving 1/2 inch headroom.
Wipe rims of jars with clean cloth, place a clean lid on and screw on bands to finger tight only.
Using a jar lifter, place filled jars into your water bath canner making sure to have about 2 inches of water above the top of the lids. Once the water bath begins to boil, process for 8 minutes.
Remove the jars from the canner and let rest on a thick towel for 24 hours.
Once the 24 hours is up, be sure that each jar sealed by pressing on the center of the lid. *If the lid moves up and down, then place those jars in the refrigerator. If the lid does not move when pushed, store in a cool dark place.