I started making pickles homemade, because my kids have an allergy to all food dye. If you have ever read the labels of store boughten pickles then you know that they all have dye in them. Clausen pickles are the only ones that I have found that do not, but they are so expensive. It was tragic for my kids because they absolutely LOVE pickles. So we came up with an all natural solution that made everyone happy.
Step 1: Getting started.
First, you need to gather your ingredients, jars, lids, Boiling-Water canning pot, and any other canning tools that you may need.
To prepare your jars:
Wash your jars and rings in HOT soapy water. Then dry them and set them off to the side. Put your lids in a small sauce pan and slowly bring them to a gentle boil. Let them continually boil gently until you are ready to use them.
3 quarts of Water
1 quart of Vinegar
3 teaspoons of Alum
3/4 cup pickling/canning salt
Then, fill your boiling-water canning pot about 2/3 of the way full and start water coming to a boil.