- First I tried the basic dill pickle seasoning from Ball. It was very good. Using a seasoning packet makes things easier - all you do is boil water and vinegar, add the seasoning, and pour into your jars of cucumbers.
- I made a Sweet Garlic Dill recipe from The Complete Book of Small Batch Preserving. Honestly, I don't know why I made this one! We don't like sweet pickles. I guess I thought the garlic and dill would overpower the sweet, but they still tasted too much like bread and butter pickles to me. (blech!) Luckily, I found out that my neighbor loves sweet pickles so I gave her a couple of jars ... and then I made her a huge batch with cucumbers she had been given by another neighbor, so her sweet pickle craving has been fed!) Making pickles from scratch as in this recipe is a bit more work but really quite simple. You just have to measure out all of the individual spices.
- Next I tried a recipe from the same book called Favorite Dill Pickles. This one is awesome! These taste like authentic deli pickles. When we first tried them (about a week after I made them) they were still a little bit sharp from the vinegar, but a couple of weeks later they are perfect! Definitely worth the wait.
- Finally I tried another seasonings packet by a brand called Mrs. Wages. It had gotten great reviews from a few websites, but honestly, we thought the Ball seasoning packet was better.
This afternoon I made another batch of the Favorite Dill Pickles, plus a batch of Tangy Dill Pickle Relish. Usually I don't like relish because it is too sweet, but this recipe uses lots of dill and garlic and is very good. I can't wait to try some at our next barbeque!
Making these recipes was cool because not only were the cucumbers home-grown, so were the onions and the dill!