scanning the produce section at the grocery store last wednesday i happened to see "gherkin pickles" in a bin, so i immediately nabbed enough to fill two pint jars to make my own pickles! it was nasty easy and they taste AWESOME. i adapted the ingredients from this recipe but the directions are basically the same.
- 6ish gerkin pickles
- 3/4 c apple cider vinegar (i bet white vinegar would be good too)
- 3/4 c filtered water
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp dill seeds
- 2 tsp black peppercorns
- 4 garlic cloves peeled and kind of smashed
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 pint jars
chop both ends off each pickle and cut into spears or whatever shape you want.
combine vinegar, water and salt in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. while that's warming up split the dill seed, black peppercorns and bay leaves evenly between the two jars and pack the pickles in fairly tightly.
pour gross smelling hot vinegar liquid evenly between the two jars. close the jars and let them cool on the counter and then when they're cool put them in the fridge for a day to pickle-ify. no sneaking pickles early! shake the jars up a bit to mix the spices more evenly in the brine.
seriously, they will be the crispiest damn pickles you've ever eaten and they're pretty tasty. i don't think i'll be buying pickles again. my only advice is do it on a day you can open the windows because hot vinegar funk will linger in your climate controlled home way longer than you want it to.