This Spicy Pickle Recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious! No boiling necessary and it’s easy to adjust the heat level!
Josie is my spicy pickle recipe cohort. My baby girl Josie turned four yesterday. FOUR!!! It seems like she was only just a little pink lump of a thing sleeping in her bouncy chair on the kitchen counter while I cooked. All I did was blink, and now she’s shaking and baking in the kitchen with me and has turned into the best mama’s helper.
Spicy Pickle Recipe
Spicy Pickle Recipe Ingredients
Cucumbers – sliced (I used a fancy little English cuke here, but you can use whatever you like)
Fresh garlic – minced or thinly sliced
Sweet yellow onion – small chopped or thinly sliced
Dill seed (yes, seed NOT weed) – about a tablespoon per quart jar
Salt – Not iodized, I like to use a good kosher salt.
White vinegar – just plain white vinegar like your mom used to mop the floors.
Filtered water – make sure it’s filtered so the pickles don’t have a chorinated flavor.
Fresh jalapeno – chopped or sliced thinly.
Optional – sweet red pepper to use as an indicator that these are the SPICY pickles!
We spent Jo’s birthday in Nashville on the last stop of our road trip and she lamented all day that the boys were going to forget she wanted GIRL things. Because she’s a GIRL. And there’s only one GIRL.
And if we’re being honest, she’s probably right that they would’ve picked out Skylanders and Ninja Turtles if left to their own devices.
But of course I didn’t let that happened, so in the evening after checking out the Tennessee State Museum, we ate cake and they regaled her with makeup and jewelry and princess paraphernalia.
Josie thanked them profusely and promised vehemently that she would make sure to choose BOY stuff for their birthdays. She’s a spitfire, that one.
Before heading out on vacation, we made a big batch of Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles and decided to spice up a few jars with the couple of jalapenos we managed to eek out of our garden. (It was a sad garden year).
They turned out great and we’ll definitely be adding this to the regular pickle queue!
How Do You Make Spicy Pickles
First, add cucumber, onion, and garlic to a large bowl. Sprinkle with dill seed and salt, then mix well (alternately you could layer directly into your mason jar).
Next, place chopped jalapeno at the bottom of each jar, then pack cucumber mixture into mason jars. Pour vinegar into jar until it is about 1/4 – 1/3rd full.
Then, fill remainder of the jar with water, screw on cap (tightly!) and give it a good shake. Taste your brine (no, SERIOUSLY) – this is your opportunity to make adjustments!
Finally, refrigerate and ENJOY!
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