Easy Dill Pickle Spears Recipe for Ball Can-It-Forward Day!5:35 PM
Canning is something I've been doing for years. Not only does it put all of my garden extras to good use, it is an affordable way to preserve food for lean months or when fresh goods are out of reach. There is really nothing better than cracking open a jar of peaches during the winter months that I had put away when they were at the peak of ripeness!
This year, Ball (the best name in canning and preserving) has partnered with me to tell you about their All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving. This has everything you need for basic canning recipes (such as jellies and jams) but it also includes some very new and unique recipes, as well as one-dish dinners you are able to can from your groceries each week and eat during busy days!
I selected one recipe to make from the book to share with you. Since this was the first year we had an abundance of pickling cukes, I chose the Dill Pickle Spears Recipe.
- 4 lbs pickling cukes
- 1 gallon water
- 10 tbsp Ball salt for Pickling and Preserving (divided)
- 1 quart water
- 3 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)
- 2 tbp sugar
- 1 tbsp pickling spice
- 12 dill sprigs
- 2 tbsp mustard seeds
Wash and trim the cukes, making them small enough to fit into pint jars. Cut them into spears and put them into a container to soak. (I use a pitcher with a lid to keep flies and bugs out.) Combine the gallon water and 6 tbsp salt before pouring over the cukes. Allow to sit, covered, for 24 hours.
After they have brined. Combine the quart water and next 3 ingredients in a saucepan (not an aluminum one) and bring to a boil. Put the dill and mustard seeds in clean, hot jars before adding the tightly packed cukes. Cover with the hot pickling liquid, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Add Pickle Crisp, if you wish. Remove air bubbles, wipe down jar rim, and center lid on jar before adding the ring. Tighten and repeat until all are filled.
Process the jars for 10 minutes in a boiling water canner. Turn off heat, remove lid, and let jars sit for 5 minutes before removing and allowing to cool. Let them sit for 24 hours before storing or eating!
I really liked that this required a few ingredients and that the processing time was very brief (just 10 minutes). The majority of the time spent was when I brined it for 24 hours -- but the salt did all the work!
I really liked the texture of these pickles, and with the Ball brand pickling salt and fresh dill, it had a great flavor that would only develop with more time in the jars. My kids eat a lot of pickles, so this is one of the best ways to put my garden cucumbers to work the rest of the year. We can save a lot of money this way!
We are so excited to encourage you to pick a recipe and celebrate Can-It-Forward Day with Ball and our blog. In fact, we have a very fun giveaway to share with you! But first, you really must know about a great event that Ball is having to inspire and education on the beauty of canning!
You can start by visiting the Freshly Preserved Ideas Tumblr page where you can take a pledge to Can-It-Forward this year. By taking the pledge, you promise to try at least one recipe to put aside your food for later eating. I guarantee you won't regret the time spent canning. It's one of the most amazing ways to put food on the table later. It's like emergency savings for your pantry!
You'll also definitely want to take part in the Can-It-Forward Day event taking place on Facebook. Throughout the day, tomorrow (July 22nd) from 10 am to 3:30 pm EST, the Ball brand and expert ambassadors will be demoing a variety of canning recipes and in the true spirit of “canning it forward,” for every engagement received on the videos, whether it be a comment, like or share, the Ball will donate $1 to a local charity. So be sure to stop by all day to see what fun things are going on; they will have prizes, too!
Finally, you can also Jarden Home Brands canning experts any preserving or home canning questions via Twitter with the hashtag #canitforward from 10AM – 5PM ET on July 22nd. We'd love to see your own #canitforward creations on Pinterest and Instagram!
Wanna Win? We are giving one lucky reader a set of the beautiful blue jars from Ball, a $5 coupon to use on FreshPreserving.com and the All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving! To be entered to win, just use the form below by July 30th at 11:59 pm EST. Open to U.S. residents 18+.
*Samples of ball jars and the cookbook received to review. Opinions are our own.