My First Canning Experience: Making Pickles


My First Canning Experience: Making Pickles.

I highly recommend making your own pickles. It's not as hard as I expected and it's a great way to use up all the extra cucumbers in the garden if you can't manage to eat them all.Thanks to this excess of cucumbers, I decided to try making pickles. I figured it would be a fun DIY and make me happy because I hate wasting food! My husband was very confused too when I told him I was doing this... he asked me how I was going to make pickles if I didn't grow pickles in the garden. Apparently he thought pickles were a separate entity that you had to grow in a garden. And here I was thinking he was more country than me. But now he has demystified the connection between his intense hatred for pickles... he hates vinegar and cucumbers too.

For my first batch, I ordered Ball canning jars off Amazon and a jar lifter. I'm linking the products I bought below. These are affiliate links and purchasing through these links helps support my blog. Thank you!

I used this tutorial for the recipe and instructions. There's a recipe on there, as well as detailed instructions. The only thing I changed was that I did not boil the lids. I was reading recently that they changed the requirement due to a change in the material they use for the seals. Now you're supposed to wash lids with hot soap and water instead of boiling.

Note that for six jars I used approximately one cucumber apiece (fairly big cucumbers), 1.5-2x the vinegar/salt/water recipe, one big piece of garlic chopped into smaller bits, and maybe half a store-bought clump of dill. For the second batch, I made 10 jars of pickles with 2x the recipe.

Some additional information:
  • How long do pickles last? Check out this link to learn more.
  • Cost of canning jars: 
    • Michaels was $14.99 for 6 pint size jars
    • Amazon was $10.99 (vintage style for both)
    • Harris Teeter (grocery store) had pint jars 12 for $11.49 (not colored) or 12 wide mouth quart jars for $14.49 (probably better size for pickles)
    • Costco had 12 wide mouth pint jars for $7.99 
  • Lids: Lids can only be used once for food safety (unless you're using the jars to store crafts or such, then carry on) per the Ball website guidelines. 

I ended up purchasing 24 more jars (Costco this time) to finish up making pickles with all the other cucumbers I had. I had only used 10 of the jars so far, but this will give me an opportunity to pickle some more if I continue to have such a big cucumber harvest for the remainder of the growing season. Or I may can apple pie filling or applesauce. We shall see!

My final stash.


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DIY Danielle: My First Canning Experience: Making Pickles
My First Canning Experience: Making Pickles
My First Canning Experience: Making Pickles.
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