My first pickling

Discussion in 'Canning' started by dougmays, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    i've been wanting to make pickles for awhile so i finally got 'round to it.  i had bought some mini cucs a few weeks back at the store but unfortunately i let there them to long and they i went to publix and bought some regular cucs.

    sliced them up and boiled the jars to sanitize. 

    i made 2 flavors (wanted to keep it basic for my first time)

    Jar #1

    - 1TBS Dill weed

    - 1tsp white pepper (didnt have pepper corns)

    Jar #1

    - 1TBS Dill weed

    - 1tsp white pepper (didnt have pepper corns)

    - 1tsp Chipotle powder

    brought 3 cups water and 2 3/4 cups white vinegar to a boil and reduced heat.  then stirred in 1/4cup kosher salt.

    i got a little nervous because i didnt hear the POP till about 30 mins..then the 2nd one popped probably 20 mins after that.  now ive got them stored in a dark place in my closet.

    Going to wait 3 weeks and them give them a try

    Here are the pics!


    Question...the seasonings keep accumluating at the bottom..should i shake the jars ever few days or so? or does this not matter?
  2. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't think it matters Doug.

    Once it's been brought to a boil the flavors are released into the liquid.

    Interested to see how they come out
  3. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    i'll post my results and taste test in a few weeks!
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now your pickles look good so far. I have started making some myself and they have came out pretty good. I didn't boil the pickle water I just poured it into the jar. I used a little cydar vinegar and some pickling spices and added some dill weed and let them sit in the frig for a couple of weeks and they came out prett darn good. So I'm gonna have to check back on this one for sure. 
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They look great Doug!

    Can't wait to see how they taste!
  6. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Looks great.[​IMG]
  7. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Looks good...I do not know if it makes any difference or not but when I pickle something I usually shake them up every few days. BTJM...
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I love to make Kosher Dill Pickles...I usually use Kirby Cuc's, I'm interested to see how these come out...JJ
  9. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    yea i've been shaking every few days or so but the spices seem to be mixing around the jar now and not settling as much.

    i dont need to refrigerate this do i?
  10. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead


    hey i have a question...i've had these buggers pickling since Dec. 4th and they still dont look transparent enough to me..but then again i've never done this before so i could be wrong.

    i even went to publix and compared to a jar that had similar thickness cuts as mine but i would say they weren't far off, looks-wise.

    do you think these are "done" or should i let them sit is a pic i took last week

  11. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I asked my mom what she thought since she's the pickle maker. She said pickles are ready in 3 to 4 weeks. However the longer they sit the better they are, she recommends at least 8 weeks. She also stated there was no need to shake the jars. She also had a tip for you, Use fresh dill, and if you can find it with dill heads.

    This pic should help you see what she is referring too

  12. we make full cuke pickles similar to the way you did and I think we let them sit 21days, unless you put tumeric in your mix they don't do a whole lot of color change

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
  13. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    thanks for the info guys!

    i'll open these up this weekend and give them a taste!   Good call on the fresh dill, i was wondering how much of a difference it would be between dried dill
  14. badbob

    badbob Smoke Blower

    Hey D. The pickles look great! When I can "Stuff" I always leave the rings off until I start eating whatever I pickled. If you have any kind of problems the lids will come off from the pressure and you know not to eat the "stuff". 
  15. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking pickles by all of you guys - just another item I need to add to the list 
  16. Impressive and I can't wait to hear how the tasting went!
  17. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

      That's the way I like to do my Okra, It comes out Awesome
  18. ac45acp

    ac45acp Smoke Blower

    oh yea, lookin good
  19. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is as frustrating as waiting for smoked cheese!

    Good luck and good smoking.

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