The pickles here have been woefully inadequate. It’s that whole halal vs. kosher thing. Pickles tend toward a kosher thing. Not that they don’t have pickles, they are just oddly seasoned and of the slightly rubbery overcooked variety. And there are maybe 2-3 brands (and the store is generally sold out too). Some are ok, but I would probably eat a puppy for some Vlasic or Claussen pickles.
So I’m going to attempt to make my own.
Here is what I did:
3 cups white vinegar
4 cups water
slightly less than 1/2 cup salt. I used sea salt.
1.5 tbs pickling spice
1.5 tbs dill seeds (can’t find fresh-which would be best, or dry dill leaf around)
4 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves.
I bought 2 telegraph and 2…regular. I guess they are English or short? I couldn’t find any pickling at this time of year.
Bring the vinegar, salt, water, garlic and herbs to a boil and take off the heat. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Get your jars ready. I washed mine with soap/hot water right before packing them with cucumber slices and spears. For the 3 jars here I used 1 of my telegraph and both short cucumbers. Which I also washed with soapy water and rinsed before slicing up.
Once the pickling mix is cooled to room temperature or slightly lukewarm pour into the jars over the cucumbers. Try to avoid having the bay leaves go in the jars. You can toss those now. You can also pickle carrots, peppers, onions, zucchini in the same way.
I also spooned some extra seed/pickling mix stuff into the jars as well.
Now, put the pickles in the fridge (there are several methods of making fridge pickles, some involve leaving the pickles out for a few days before popping into the fridge) and in 2 days they should be ready to eat. They must be kept in the fridge and should be good for about 2 months. Maybe more!
Here they are after the 2 day pickle. The telegraph cucumbers were much crisper, but both kinds were good. I think telegraph is probably the way to go if you can’t get actual pickling cucumbers.
As for spices, probably a bit less salt would have been better, but overall very good pickles. I don’t think I’ll buy pickles again.