Get a Pickled Cucumber Kit
Your first move should be to get a pickled cucumber kit. This should include a large jar to put the cucumbers in while you're pickling them. It should also include brine, which not only adds flavor but will be the substance that will actually pickle your cucumbers. A good kit can be found at www.dzpickles.com.
Fill Your Jar With Cucumbers
When you've got your kit to make pickled cucumbers, it's time to fill that jar up. However - don't fill it all of the way just yet. Instead, fill it about ¾ full of cucumbers. You have many options here. Some people prefer a full, uncut pickled cucumber. Others like to cut them lengthwise into wedges. Another option yet, is to cut them into small discs. These are the best to add on hamburgers or other sandwiches.
Add Your Spices
Once you've got your pickled cucumber jar ¾ full of cucumbers, it's time to add the spices. There are a ton of recipes out there but the basic recipe is simply garlic, dill and the brine mixture you ordered from www.dzpickles.com. You'll add all of the spices to the ¾ full jar and then add enough pickles to fill the jar.
Now it's time to add the water to your pickled cucumber mixture. You want to make sure that the water covers all of the cucumbers. However, you don't want it to be so full that it makes a mess. Be sure that you're getting the water to the lip of the jar but not overflowing. You'll then screw the lid on tight and shake the jar a few times. 7 or 8 good shakes should do the trick.
Now comes the hard part - waiting to eat your first pickled cucumber. One week or so is long enough for your cucumbers to properly pickle. Be sure to keep your jar on the counter, out of direct sunlight. Many people make the mistake of refrigerating their mixture, but this can actually slow the process. At the end of your week, you're ready to dig in, grab a pickle and crunch a way.
Making your own pickled cucumber can fun for the whole family. You can even do a little research and explain how the brine works to your children, turning it into a science lesson. They'll love the taste and crunch of the pickles and will love making them as well. Only you need to know how healthy they are!