This is my second Instructable using Pickle Pipes from Masontops. Be sure to check out my first one: Mason Jar Sauerkraut Made Easy with a Pickle Pipe.
Pickle Pipes are a nifty little silicon one-way waterless valve that fits on a mason jar and enables one to make things like pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi relatively pain-free.
- 6 tbsp kosher salt
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 5 pickle cucumbers
- 1 handful of fresh dill
- 1 tbsp pickling spice mix
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 2 cups water
Step 1: Make a Brine
Add the 6 tbsp kosher salt to the 2 cups of water and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave for 30 more seconds. Stir. Repeat until the salt is dissolved into the water. Note: You might only need a cup of this brine mixture, but surely no more than 2 cups.
Step 2: Prep Cukes
Clean the pickle cucumbers well, and remove the flower end. Since I am doing spears instead of whole pickles, I also remove the other end to make them easier to quarter. If desired, quarter pickle cukes.
Step 3: Garlic
Crush and peel the garlic cloves.
Step 4: Dill
Cut the stems from the fresh dill and select 2 whole dried bay leaves.
Step 5: Jar Time
Place the pickling spice, half the dill, and one garlic clove in the bottom of the mason jar. Add pickle cucumbers, then the brine until the pickles are covered. Stuff the remaining dill and garlic down among the cucumbers. Do not let the dill or garlic float on top of the brine, as this may promote mold growth.
Place the pickle pipe and ring on the mason jar and store in a cool, dark place for around 2 weeks.
After two weeks, your easy pickles are now ready to enjoy! Replace the pickle pipe with a regular mason jar lid and refrigerate.