Each year, we have every intention of spending the time to preserve some summer vegetables for the long winter’s months. Though it hasn’t happened yet, we have mastered the instantly gratifying quick refrigerator pickle. While you can pickle just about any vegetable, one of our favorites is the classic dill pickle.
For this recipe, we picked up the first cucumbers of the season from the farmer’s market, and then added fresh dill and coriander (cilantro seeds from our garden) to the mix. After only a few minutes of prep and a 24-hour soak, a delightfully fresh and complex flavor emerges. In addition to the flavor, the cucumbers stay crisp and retain a lovely crunch.
It is yet to be determined if we’ll get around to any serious canning this summer, but you can bet that we’ll have a jar of these in the fridge at almost all times (or an empty jar of brine if they go too fast!). If you are new to canning or have never made pickles, this is a great recipe to try. Not only is it simple (no boiling or fancy equipment involved), you’ll be surprised at the delicious flavor after relatively little effort!
- 2 1-pint wide-mouth mason jars with lids
- 1 pound small cucumbers
- 3 cloves garlic
- 4 small chili peppers (optional)
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1½ tablespoons kosher salt
- ⅔ cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1 large handful fresh dill
- Wash two mason jars and lids in hot soapy water, rinse, and let air dry.
- Quarter the cucumbers into four slices each, lengthwise. Cut 3 cloves garlic in half. If desired, slice 4 chili peppers in half and add to the jars.
- In a spare mason jar or covered container, combine 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1½ tablespoons kosher salt and ⅔ cup white vinegar. Tightly close the lid and shake vigorously until the sugar and salt dissolve. Add 1 cup water to the mixture.
- In the two clean mason jars, tightly pack the cucumbers, garlic, fresh dill, and chili peppers (if using).
- Pour the brine mixture over the cucumbers. Tap the jars on the counter to release any air bubbles and top off the jar with extra water if any cucumbers are exposed.
- Place the lids on the jars and screw on the rings until they are tight. Leave the jars in the fridge for 24 hours before tasting. The pickles last up to one month refrigerated.