So many cucumbers! When you have too many cukes, you know you're in a pickle! And what a delicious pickle it will be . . .
This recipe uses the fermented pickling method. Not familiar with the fermentation? No worries. Learn more from our home pickling basics article.
This recipe will make 8 pounds of garlic dill cucumber pickles.The 2.5 Gallon Barrel Jar holds this volume perfectly, and the XL Vegetable Fermentation Kit is just the thing to top it off to ensure a clean, easy ferment.
Wash and trim the ends of the cucumbers, taking especial care to remove the blossom end, which contains enzymes that can make your pickles soggy. Peel the garlic cloves, and ready the rest of the ingredients.
Start stacking your cucumbers like logs inside the barrel jar, packing them tightly to maximize your space. When the jar is half full of cucumbers, add the pickling spice, bay leaf and red pepper flake. Continue to stack the remaining cucumbers until the jar is full.
Mix the Sea Salt with 1 gallon of water to dissolve. Pour the resulting brine over the cucumbers, submerging them completely.
Place the brine cup on top of the cucumbers, to keep them submerged beneath the brine. Screw on the fermentation kit lid and make sure your gasket is in place. The seal must be tight enough to create an anaerobic environment. Insert your sanitized airlock into the airlock hole.
Allow to ferment in a warm place for 1-3 weeks. The longer you ferment the pickles, the more sour and strong the flavor will be. Your ferment will be ready to eat in 5-7 days, depending on the conditions in your house, but you can allow it ferment for the longer amount of time, if you like a more sour pickle. The shorter length of time will result in a crunchier pickle; it's a continuum between a crunchier vs a more sour pickle. Find your own sweet/sour spot!
When your pickles have reached the desired flavor, pack them into smaller jars, cover them with brine, and store them, covered, in the refrigerator.
TIP: The warmer it is in your home, the faster your veggies will ferment. The cold of the fridge stops fermentation.
Enjoy your delicious, probiotic, fermented pickles!
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