I really love dill pickles. Anyone else? Sweet pickles are a "no" for me. I cannot enjoy a pickle that has any sweetness. To me it's about a briny, salty, crunchy pickle. Whole. Spears. Rounds. I'll take 'em any which way. But homemade garlic dill pickles hold a special place in my heart. Right next to potatoes, my all-time favorite food in the universe. Yes, I just mentioned (for the tenth time on this website) that potatoes are my favorite food in the world.
Homemade garlic dill pickles - because why not?
But let's get back to pickles. We're talking pickles, not potatoes. Have you checked out Ralph's Amazing German Meatball Soup yet? We're not talking about meatball soup either, but I must mention Ralph. He is an old friend originally from Germany and is an amazing home chef. He is the one who gave me the base recipe for these pickles. You can make them plain, but I love adding garlic, dill and shallots to my jars too. All you need is water, pickling salt, brown sugar, vinegar and a bay leaf for the base of this. Add the cucumbers, garlic, dill and shallot to those mason jars and presto: 3 weeks later you have delicious pickles.
Week Three = Pickle Party for Stacey!
It's hard to wait a few weeks before eating them so I start sampling them after the first week. They're good, but they still need another week. Week 2 I sample, and they are very tasty, but something magical happens on week 3 so I usually wait until then to have my pickle party. A pickle party? Yes, I have a pickle party when my pickles are ready, don't... you?
My favorite pickle party is smashed-thin burgers seasoned with salt and pepper on the outside. I get a nice crust on them, melt a slice of cheese and spread out my pickles on top. No buns allowed at my pickle party. Certainly, no buns. Just a crown of magnificent pickles. There is no bite of burger without a pickle on it. That's right, burgers and pickles in every bite at my pickle party. Wanna come?
Making pickles has never been easier... Wait, was it ever hard? No, not really. It takes all of fifteen minutes to make these. The hard part is waiting for three weeks until they're ready!
Enjoy life everyone! We only get one so why not make your own pickles? Seriously though, try to make delicious food in your kitchen. Every time we learn something new in life our knowledge base grows. Our minds develop a little more. Our cooking skills, in this case, become broader and we can share more with our loved ones. I've always been a believer that food is an expression of love. I think it's a great way to show people how much you care for them.Print