If there is one positive thing that has come out of our current pandemic is gardening. I've lost count of the number of people I know who have dropped a few seeds in some soil over the last few months and poof, we have veggies. Cucumbers, in particular. It's been a great season for these pickle parents and turning cucumbers into pickles is a fun extension of the gardening hobby.
Our pickle blends make the process even easier.
One packet of Pickling Blend
3 Cups of Distilled White Vinegar
1 Cup of Hot Water
1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
Cucumbers (or any veggie)
Start with clean mason jars. Don't forget to clean the lids too. I use the amber-colored which helps the pickling process and reduces the loss of flavor.
Use scalding hot water and soap, or stick them in your Instantpot for a minute to sterilize.
Mix all ingredients together in a pot and heat for a minute. Allow to cool.
Place cucumbers in jars. You can either place them in whole, slice long ways, or into chips. Pour cooled mixture over until jar has 1-2" at the top. Make sure the veggies are completely covered.
You can close with the regular mason jar lids, but we use these lids that help release the gas that builds up without having to open the jar.
Leave in a cool, dark place for about 48 hours. Refrigerate after opening.