Table of Contents
- 🎈 Introduction
- 👩🍳 Overview of the Dish
- 📋 Ingredients
- 👩🏻🍳 Detailed Cooking Instructions
- 🍽️ Pairing Ideas
- 💡 Ingredient Substitutions
- 🥣 Detailed Recipe Card
- 🎯 Estimated Yield
- 🎈 Conclusion
Add a little zing to your pantry with our Sweet and Spicy Pickled Cucumbers recipe! This versatile snack and side dish offers a perfect combination of sugar, vinegar, and spices, resulting in a taste that is nothing short of irresistible. Made with Denali Canning's top-quality canning lids, this recipe is a must-try for all canning enthusiasts!
👩🍳 Overview of the Dish
Tangy, sweet, and loaded with crunch, these Sweet and Spicy Pickled Cucumbers are the perfect way to use up those garden cucumbers. They are ideal for BBQs, sandwiches, or for eating right out of the jar! Plus, they are a great recipe for those new to the canning world, as it includes detailed, step-by-step instructions.
- 10 medium-sized cucumbers, sliced
- 3 cups white vinegar
- 3 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
👩🏻🍳 Detailed Cooking Instructions
Prepare Your Equipment: Start by gathering all your Denali canning tools and jars. Make sure the jars are clean and free from any chips or cracks. Also, prepare your Denali 'Tanker' pressure canner according to the manufacturer's instructions for water bath canning.
Mix the Brine: In a large pot, combine the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, mustard seeds, and turmeric. Stir the mixture until the sugar and salt are fully dissolved.
Heat the Mixture: Turn your stove on to medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Be sure to stir frequently to prevent the sugar from burning.
Add the Cucumbers: Once your brine is boiling, add the sliced cucumbers. Stir well to ensure the cucumbers are fully submerged in the brine.
Boil the Cucumbers: Return the pot to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, remove the pot from the heat.
Pack the Jars: Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer the cucumbers from the pot into your prepared jars. It's important to pack the cucumbers tightly to maximize space but be careful not to crush them.
Add the Brine: Once the jars are packed with cucumbers, ladle the hot brine into each jar, leaving a 1/2 inch of headspace at the top.
Remove Air Bubbles: After filling the jars, use a non-metallic utensil to remove any air bubbles. Simply slide the utensil down the sides of the jar, allowing air bubbles to escape.
Clean and Seal the Jars: Wipe the rims of the jars clean with a damp cloth to ensure a good seal. Place your Denali canning lids on the jars, followed by the rings. Screw the rings on until finger-tight.
Process in the 'Tanker': Place the jars into your prepared 'Tanker' pressure canner. Process the jars in a water bath for 15 minutes, starting the timer once the water has returned to a full boil.
Cool and Store: Once the processing time is up, carefully remove the jars from the canner using a jar lifter and place them on a towel to cool. After 24 hours, check the seals. If the center of the lids are indented, the jars are sealed. If a lid springs up when you press the center, it's not sealed and should be refrigerated and used first.
🍽️ Pairing Ideas
Serve your Sweet and Spicy Pickled Cucumbers as a delightful crunch to your sandwiches, or enjoy them straight from the jar! They also make a great side dish for any BBQ or family gathering. And why not try them on top of a hot dog or hamburger for an extra flavor kick?
💡 Ingredient Substitutions
Looking to make it a tad spicier? Add more red pepper flakes! Not a fan of mustard seeds? Swap them out for celery seeds. This recipe is very flexible, so feel free to play around with the ingredients to suit your tastes.
(Image source: https://homesteadingfamily.com/how-to-make-pickles/)
🥣 Detailed Recipe Card
- Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Pickled Cucumbers
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Processing Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: Approximately 6 pint jars
🎯 Estimated Yield
This recipe should make about six pint jars of pickles, but this could vary based on the size of your cucumbers and how tightly you pack them into your jars. Don't forget, the tighter the pack, the more pickles in every jar!
Making your own Sweet and Spicy Pickled Cucumbers is easier than you think, and the results are simply delicious. The process is quite therapeutic, and the end product will certainly impress your friends and family. So what are you waiting for? Get your Denali canning supplies ready, and let's start canning!