Pickling gives crisp, mellow vegetables spunky personality. These Kirby cucumbers -- a small, unwaxed type that's perfect for pickles -- are seasoned with dill and garlic. Salting the cucumbers helps draw out excess water, ensuring crisp results.
Martha Stewart Living, August 2004
- 2 pounds Kirby cucumbers
- 3 tablespoons coarse salt
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups distilled white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dill seed
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 bunches fresh dill, coarsely chopped
- Cut the cucumbers into 1/2-inch-thick rounds, and transfer to a colander set in a bowl. Toss well with salt. Refrigerate cucumber rounds 1 hour.
- Rinse cucumber rounds well; drain. Pat dry between paper towels. Transfer cucumber slices to a large bowl.
- Bring 3 cups water, vinegar, dill seed, and garlic to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring. Reduce heat; simmer 4 minutes. Let mixture cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
- Add chopped dill to cucumber slices, and toss to combine. Pour in the brine. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes. Transfer mixture to airtight containers, and refrigerate at least 1 week (pickles will keep 3 weeks more).
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