Making pickles pt. 2

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Now that your cucumbers have had an overnight soak in lime water, you’ll see there’s a slight film on them so dump them in the sink and rinse them one by one (with a light scrubbing by hand) and then dump them into an ice water bath.

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Sterilize your jars (I do it in the dishwasher as it keeps them nice and hot).

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While the jars are sterilizing and the whole cukes are in the ice bath, I start my second batch (sliced dills for sandwiches this time).

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We like our slices thick! I toss them in the lime water bowls until full, add more lime, and top off with water to soak overnight.

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I use this mix for my dill pickles, and I make it in a cast iron enamel coated pot. 

Pour boiling water over the lids and jar rings (in a large bowl) to sterilize them, too.

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Jar the pickles one jar at a time. Really pack those cukes in there tightly because they’ll float if you don’t!

Fill to 1/2″ head space with the boiling pickle juice, wipe the rims, lid, ring, and process pints 5 minutes and quarts 10 minutes.

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A WORD OF WARNING: if you run out of hot jars, you cannot just rinse a clean jar and use it. You can’t even warm it up and use it. The above is what happens (if you’re lucky – if not, the entire jar could shatter when you pull it from the canner, spraying you with boiling pickle juice!). I knew better than to do this but thought if I got the jar hot enough that it wouldn’t crack. It cracked the second it hit the rolling hot water bath! I wasted all those cukes.

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