Month: July 2012

Everyday Beauty: Allium

A few of the onions are bolting. I’m not sure why. It could be the heat, it could be that it’s gotten too dry. It could be that they’re just tired of making onions and decided that flowers are where it’s at. No matter the […]

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All Legs & Mischief

The Pig Dog is growing up; all legs and mischief. He rarely holds still long enough for a photo op, especially not if he knows I’m looking. I remember how much I hesitated to bring him home. Would he be “worth” it? Could I handle […]

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Spicy Garlic-Onion Dills

Spicy Garlic-Onion Dills

The Man loves pickles. I mean absolutely loves. And The Small Humans are not far behind him in their own adoration, the larger of the two being quite capable of eating an entire quart of pickled eggs on her own… in a week. So, while the 28 quarts of pickles I’ve put up over the past week may seem like a lot, I’ll be surprised if they last the year.

Spicy Garlic-Onion Dills
makes 7 quarts

8-12 lbs #4 Pickling Cucumbers
1/2 Medium Onion, cut into thin wedges
2 Large Heads Garlic
2 1/2 tsp Dill Seed per Quart
1/4 – 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper per Quart
1 tsp Whole Peppercorns per Quart

8 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar
8 Cups Water
1 1/4 Cup Pickling Salt


Prep your canner, jars, lids, and equipment. Wash your cucumbers in a big colander and set aside.


Peel garlic. Peel and slice onion. Gather jars and add 3 large or 5 small to medium cloves of garlic, one small wedge of onion, and the rest of the spices to each.

You can use whatever onion you have on hand or suits your fancy. I used red because it adds some color interest to the jars. In hindsight, I’d have used multi-color peppercorns for the same reason, but black work, too.


Trim ends off cucumbers and slice into either halves or spears according to your preference.


Pack cucumbers into jars, taking care to pack them as tightly as possible. They will lose bulk after processing and your jars will seem rather empty if you don’t pack tightly. I take a big handful of spears all at once, as many as will fit through the mouth of the jar (wide mouth jars work best), and then fill in the gaps with individual spears. I find that this helps keep them standing upright while you pack and increases the amount you can pack in each jar.


Combine the salt, vinegar and water in a large pot and bring to a light boil before ladling over pickles, applying lids and rings to fingertip-tight and processing for 15 minutes* in a boiling water bath. Remove from canner as soon as processing time is up to help prevent them from becoming mushy.

Happy Canning!

Remember: if you live above 1,000 feet elevation you will need to adjust your processing time.

Disclaimer: This recipe has not been tested and is not NCFHP approved. It is my own creation, adapted from several other recipes found by me both in books and online. Its creation follows principles for modern home canning that I am comfortable using to create food for my family, but each home canner must make that decision for him or herself. I encourage all canners to learn about what makes canning safe (and unsafe) and set their own boundaries. For more information check out my Home Preservation Safety post at BlogHer.

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Miscellany: Back Into The Swing

I began writing this post, a simple jotting down of my random thoughts, on Monday. Monday! It’s now Thursday. I suppose it’s been that kind of week; the one in which time gets away from you. I don’t feel as though I’ve been idle, but […]

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Miscellany: Because It’s Been a While

It’s been a while! I hadn’t intended to take a break, but before I knew it one day ran into the next and then the next and then, just like that, the only week of the entire summer that we had “off” was over. Now […]

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The Pig Dog Goes to The Lake


He took to the water.


That’s pretty much all that matters.


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