Homemade Dill Pickles

Disclosure: I received products for review to facilitate this post. Affiliate links are contained herein. The opinions are my own.

Homemade Pickles

With summer harvests comes the opportunity to can.  I love pickles, and my husband loves pickles, pickled okra, pickled peppers, pickled sausages…you get the idea!  So after I received some Ball Jars to review, it seemed like the perfect time to do some pickling!  If you have the right recipe, homemade pickles are hard to beat!  And they also make great gifts for holidays, housewarmings, hostess gifts, or just a simple gesture of kindness to a friend or neighbor.

Today I’m going to share a few jar options available from Ball, and I’ve got a great pickle recipe for you!  In the recipe instructions, you’ll also find tips for sterilizing your jars before use, tips about product shelf life, and more!

Ball has a great variety of products available for your canning needs. I received the following: Ball Sharing Jars, Smooth Sided Jars, 32 oz Amber Jars, 16 oz Amber Jars.

The smooth sided jars look very cute and perfect for jellies and jams, and yes, even pickles!

The amber jars are great because they block out 99% of light, to ensure optimum quality of product.

The Sharing Jars have a unique shape and look great for gift giving or for your crafting needs.

Today’s recipe is one that my husband and I just sort of threw together.  I wrote down the ingredients as we made the pickles, crossing my fingers that the pickles would turn out good, and they did!

This brine also works well for making pickled okra.  My hubs like his pickled okra hot and spicy, so for those jars, we added the jalapeno slices and peppercorn flakes before adding our vegetables.

Homemade Dill Pickles

Homemade Dill Pickles

Ingredients:

5 cups water

2 1/2 cups vinegar

5 tbsp pickling salt

2 1/2 tbsp garlic pepper

1 tbsp dill weed

cucumbers (I can't remember how many we used, but the brine was enough to make 6 pints of pickles, so I'd advise chopping up enough veggies to fill 6 pints, leaving enough room to pour in the brine, of course.)

Directions:

Sterilize jars. Place a pot of water on the stove with a towel in the bottom. (This is to keep the jars from busting.) Once the water is boiling place the jars inside and then use tongs to remove them. Then dry out jars.

Chop up cucumbers, as desired. (We like to make some jars with chips and some with spears.)

Place cucumbers in jars. (For a spicier pickle, you can also add a couple of fresh jalapeno slices and/or peppercorn flakes to the jars.)

In a large pot, add your water and vinegar. Bring to a boil and add your spices. Mix well and remove from heat. Use a ladle to spoon brine in to the jars.

Once jars are filled with veggies and brine, place the tops on them. The tops of the jars should pop, sealing them. If they do not seal, try placing the jars in a pot of hot water.

These can be eaten within hours of making, but if you have the will power, I'd say let these sit for a week or two before eating. If you like crispy pickles, you should also plan to eat these within a few months. We found the pickles to be tasty but a little soft after a year. Store these in a warm, dry place. Refrigerate product after opening.

http://www.simplysweethome.com/2018/09/homemade-dill-pickles/

 

Do you can?  I’d love to hear what you can, and if you have a recipe please share it with me in the comments or tag me on social media!

Crockpot Ranch Chicken

I absolutely LOVE crockpot meals.  In most cases, you just throw your ingredients in to the crockpot and wait for everything to cook up!  It’s easy, and it’s such a time saver!  It’s also great, because I can throw everything together early in the day when I’m less busy, and I can be at ease, knowing that dinner will be on the table, without me having to scramble around in the evening.

And most crockpot meals go a long way.  I can cook and have a couple of days of leftovers, or I can freeze the leftovers to use for another day.  Today I’m sharing a recipe for Crockpot Ranch Chicken!  I love anything flavored with ranch, and this particular recipe also uses my favorite vegetables: carrots and potatoes.   [Read more…]

Loaded Pork Potatoes and Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RealFlavorRealFast #CollectiveBias

Loaded Pork Potato

Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite foods!  To me, it tastes far better than other types of roast, and it isn’t nearly as greasy as other cuts of meat we’ve tried.  With springtime here and summer just around the corner, it is the perfect time to cook up some pork tenderloin on the grill.  Pork tenderloin is a very easy meat to grill, and Smithfield® makes the process even easier with their Marinated Fresh Pork products. [Read more…]

Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Pie

I love pie!  I often think of summer as the season for pie, because there are so many that you can serve cold, which is perfect for family picnics, Sunday socials, holiday events, or for a bit of snacking while you’re sitting on the front porch.

Of course, as a dessert fiend, I have many pies that I love to eat, but when pressed, I’d have to say that Chocolate Pie is my ultimate favorite.  Some people also call it Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie or Southern Chocolate Pie…but whatever you call it, it is definitely a classic! It has the perfect mix of dark decadence and sweet yummy goodness.  And the textures of the foamy meringue, chocolate pudding center, and flaky crust make this pie a melt in your mouth, delicious treat. [Read more…]

Every Day Recipes with Quaker: Mini Meatloaf Cups

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Quaker. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #LoveMyCereal #QuakerUp

Every Day Recipes with Quaker

How many of you enjoy a bowl of Quaker Cereal for breakfast?  Me too!  And I also love using cereals in recipes!  Typically I enjoy using cereal for party mixes and dessert recipe.  But it can also be used as a substitute for bread crumbs in a number of recipes, which can help you to make the most of your pantry items and save you a trip to the store.  Today I’m sharing a great example of that using Quaker Life Cereal. [Read more…]

Staying Warm and Finding Time with Marie Callender’s Pot Pie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiesPlease #CollectiveBias
Marie Callenders Pot Pies

The holidays are a busy time!  I have our usual family schedule to consider, as well as holiday blogging, and Christmas orders to fill in my Etsy shop…BUT at the end of the day, I still have to put dinner on the table, regardless of whatever else is going on.  Marie Callender’s Pot Pies are a great dinner option for my family and me.  Marie Callender’s tastes like homemade, and they have wholesome pot pies, which now come in a Family Size.  And since all we have to do is pop them in the oven and for them to cook, it saves me a TON of time,  allowing me to do other work and spend time with the family! [Read more…]

Pecan Pie

Southern Pecan Pie

This week I’m sharing a classic Southern recipe.  Pecan Pie is a quintessential dessert for Thanksgiving and Christmas here in the South.  I recently made my very first Pecan Pie.  I’d never made it before because I’m usually more of a chocolate fan, but the pie was requested, so I gave it a whirl.  It was way easier to make than I imagined it would be, and it turned out really great!

[Read more…]

Celebrating Pi Day with Marie Callender’s Pies

Did you know March 14 is Pi Day? Yes, Pi, as in 3.14.  This  is the perfect day to celebrate your love for math!  And even if you don’t love math, you can still celebrate by eating a little pie with us!  I am celebrating Pi Day this year with Marie Callender’s, and I’m really excited to share there products with you today!

Marie Callenders Pies

As I looked through the freezer section at Marie Callender’s selection of hearty pot pies and sweet dessert pies, I had such a hard time picking just one, that I ended up leaving with a pot pie, two desserts, and even a breakfast pie! [Read more…]

A Month of Solid Chocolate

Photobucket
Kristen at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker is hosting a Month of Solid Chocolate, and I was really excited when she invited me to be a part of it.

So today I’ll be over at her blog sharing my Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits!  Here’s a photo preview:

Chocolate Gravy

Don’t they look good?  Please head over to Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker to check out the recipe!

 

Photobucket

Ultimate Uncooked Southern Banana Pudding

Ultimate Uncooked Southern Banana Pudding

One of my favorite Southern Summer foods is banana pudding!  A while back I found this no bake version over at Secrets of a Southern Kitchen.  I was immediately attracted to this recipe because it includes a lot of my favorite ingredients like cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk! Yum!  She calls it Ultimate Uncooked Southern Banana Pudding, and I completely agree with the name.

And I have to say, it was everything I thought it would be and more! So yummy!  I’ll definitely make it again.  In fact, I’m thinking this will be a new “go-to” recipe for family get togethers and parties! Hope you will try it!

[Read more…]