This pretty pickles recipe is all about pickles, not just any ol’ pickles but pretty pickles. You know those gorgeous fully-colored store pickles but without artificial ingredients.
Pretty pickles, does that sound funny to you?
If you are at all like me (someone who wanted to begin growing a garden just to learn to make homemade pickles) then a pretty pickles recipe is just that obvious wow factor.
You know when you go look at the store and the pickles look so bright and pop with color.
Well, I am sure you know that pop of color is most often yellow 5, yup artificial colors in the pickles. We won’t get into what health issues are connected to that junk but trust me you don’t want it in your body or your loved ones either.
Artificial colors, ugh… but why does that have to put that in there you ask? I know, I ask these same questions.
However, for years I have wanted to make that jar of beautiful pickles complete with fresh dill, spices floating around, and yes that iconic pop of color.
But healthy color.
This recipe was born from that desire.
And if you follow this blog much at all you might recognize the recipe is based on my Best EVER Homemade Pickle Recipe, but slightly different.
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Refrigerator Pickle Recipe or Canning Pickle Recipe
Is this a quick pickle recipe or a canning recipe? Yes, it is both. You can take this recipe and make a quick pickle store it in the fridge for a week or two and have an amazing pickle fast. You can also take this recipe to make yourself a pantry full of homegrown, canned, and shelf-stable pickles.
Ingredients are important and (in these modern times when much of the food is filled with junk) what isn’t in a recipe is almost just as important as what is in a recipe.
What you will need:
- 5 pounds of a pickling-type cucumber
- 6 cups of water
- 3 cups white vinegar
- 3 tbsp pickling salt (or sea salt if you prefer)
- fresh dill
- 2-4 tsp mustard seed
- 2-4 tsp peppercorns (this is a must because it makes turmeric more beneficial in your body)
- 1- 1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 3-4 tsp dill seed
- onion (optional)
- Garlic (optional)
- Grape leaves, oak, or horseradish leaves (optional but adds tannins that help keep the pickles crisp)
- canning supplies (if you plan to can them)
- glass jars for either a refrigerator or canning
This Pretty Pickle Recipe is a perfect fix for that grocery store’s artificially colored pickle. They are as beautiful and eye-catching making for a great gift for the holiday season and best of all their homemade ♡♡♡
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Beth is a mother of 6 living on a handful of acres in an old farmhouse in central Kansas. Beth has a background in the military and health and fitness however her passions come from her homestead life. Beth is an enthusiastic homeschooling mom, avid organic gardener, chicken & goat wrangler, who is obsessed with herbs and natural remedies and maintaining an all-around Do-It-Yourself lifestyle. Beth loves to share all she has learned about and sustainable living. While striving for a healthy, natural life, family-centered life.