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What are some good dill pickle canning recipes?

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Fast Favorite Garlic Dill Pickles and Sliced Dill Pickles are two recipes for canning pickling cucumbers. It's possible to modify either recipe by using cucumbers cut into spears.

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To make Fast Favorite Garlic Dill Pickles, wash and cut the ends off of 3 pounds of small pickling cucumbers. Separately, combine 2 cups of white vinegar with 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of pickling salt in a saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil.

Sterilize canning jars in boiling water. Remove a jar from the water, and place 1 head of fresh dill or 1 teaspoon of dill seeds along with 1 clove of garlic into the jar. Pack the cucumbers inside, and pour the boiling vinegar mixture over the top. Leave 1/2 inch of headspace. Repeat the process until all the jars are filled, and process in a hot water bath. It's possible to modify this recipe by adding a small hot red pepper or 1 tablespoon of sugar to each jar.

To make sliced dill pickles, tie 3 tablespoons of pickling spice in a square of cheesecloth. Combine 4 cups of cider vinegar with 4 cups of water, 3/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of pickling salt and the spice bag in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove the jars from their sterilizing bath, and place 1 bay leaf, 1 garlic clove, 1 head of dill and 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds inside each. Pack sliced cucumbers inside. Pour the pickling liquid over the top, leaving 1/2 inch of headpsace, and process in a hot water bath.

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