Items you will need
- Gallon jar or gallon plastic container w/ lid
- 4-quart pan
- 12 to 15 medium sized cucumbers
- 4 to 5 sprigs of fresh dill
- 4 to 5 large cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/2 Vadalia or sweet onion, chunked
- 1 slice of Jewish rye bread w/caraway seed
- 2 quarts water
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup Kosher salt
If you love those fresh-tasting deli Kosher dills, you can make them right at home in your own refrigerator with a few ingredients. This recipe is easy that it makes a fun project to do with your kids. It takes only a few minutes to assemble, and produces a whole gallon of Jewish-style Kosher dills. These delicious pickles can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 12 months.
Assembling the Pickles
Thoroughly wash the cucumbers and immerse them in ice water while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
Wash and rinse a gallon jar or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Wrap half the dill around your hand to make a "wreath" and place it in the bottom of the container. Place the onion and half the garlic on top.
Drain the cucumbers and slice them lengthwise into quarters to form pickle spears. Pack the spears into the container on top of the dill, onion and garlic.
Make another dill "wreath" and push it down on top of the spears. Add the remaining garlic. Place a piece of Jewish rye bread with caraway seed on top of all the ingredients and push down lightly.
Place the water, vinegar and Kosher salt in a 4-quart pan. Stir to dissolve the salt. Heat the brine to boiling. Remove from heat.
Slowly pour the brine through the bread, covering the ingredients. Place the lid on the jar or container and allow the concoction to sit at room temperature for 48 hours.
Remove the bread and place the pickles in the refrigerator. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to 12 months.
For easier storage or for gift-giving, this recipe can be made into four quart jars by dividing the ingredients equally.
Only make one batch of brine at a time if making multiple batches of pickles.