Category Archive for: ‘Pickles’
5 Other Blogs on Canning/Pickling

I’ve been reading a lot on pickling and canning the last couple of weeks and I thought you might be interested in a couple of other blogs I found helpful, funny, interesting or all three.

1. Starving off the Land -“My week of pickling dangerously” –  One of my favorite on-going blogs to follow

2. Serious Eats – Garlic Dill Pickles – Great site for recipes of all kinds


3. The Smitten Kitchen – bread and butter pickles – A very sophisticated blog on all things food.  Great recipes fantastic pictures

4. Hunter Angler Garderner Cook, Sunchoke Pickles – This blog is everything about living off the land, hunting and fishing.  Great recipes

5. david lebovitz – Moroccan Preserved Lemons – This is probably my favorite blog, I’m not sure why, maybe it is just nicely designed.

Canning Pickle Basics

I felt that since I was going make my signiture pickle recipe and name one for one of my readers, it might be a good idea to know what I was doing so that I wouldn’t make anyone sick.




Pressure Canning


Vacuum Sealing


Water bath – Fill hot, sterilized jars with product leaving 1 inch headspace.  Ladle cooked brine over the product leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Wipe the rims.  Adjust the two piece lids.  Process by boiling in your canner for 10 minutes.


Refrigerator Pickles



I have found that to be safe while processing via the “boiling water canner” method, the product should have a pH of 4.5 or lower.  That means the more acidic the better.  So, since I want to really mess around with the recipes, I’m going to have to get a pH meter, but I think I’ll just get the cheap strips.

Processing Time

Also important is the amount of time your jars and ingredents are in boiling water.  The high temp. of the boiling water kills harmful organisms that might later grow under the canning conditions.  For that reason alone, I will be making refrigerated pickles.


Another Method Of  Making Pickles – Naturally Fermented

Be safe Fat Farmers and have fun being healthy – jughandle