Garlic Mustard Dill Pickles

Posted on 13 July 2010

Garlic mustard dill pickles

I dream in pickles.

Garlic mustard dill pickles

Their sour crunchy dilly perfection haunts me.

Good pickles are rare.

Garlic mustard dill pickles

That’s why I had to make my own.

I couldn’t be reduced to using a pickling mix. Then I finally found a recipe that called for dried dill seeds, not dill heads. My world was rocked.

Garlic mustard dill pickles

I added a little sugar to the recipe. The resulting pickles were vaguely sweet. Learn from my mistakes.

I added some mustard seeds. Oh yes. Quite right.

Garlic mustard dill pickles

In lieu of canning, these would be fine in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. And that may even make them a bit crispier than mine were.

Or, apparently, adding a grape leaf. I need to try that next time.

Garlic Mustard Dill Pickles

Yield: 3 32-ounce jars


8-10 small pickling cucumbers
4 cups white vinegar
4 cups water
4 tablespoons canning salt (do not substitute other types of salt)
6 teaspoons dried dill seeds
6 teaspoons dried mustard seeds
6 cloves of garlic


Cut a thin slice from the end of each cucumber.
Combine vinegar, water, and salt in a large pot and bring to a boil.
Remove hot jars from canner. Place 2 teaspoons dill seeds, 2 teaspoons mustard seeds, and 2 cloves of garlic into each jar. Pack in cucumbers. Pour boiling vinegar mixture over cucumbers to within 1/2 inch of rim.
Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes. Store in a dark, cool place undisturbed for 1 week.

Adapted from Epicurious

3 responses to Garlic Mustard Dill Pickles

  • Kate says:

    Looks very delish! Just made my first sour dills ever. I like the idea of mustard seeds.

    • allfourburners says:

      This was a small batch so I will definitely have the opportunity to experiment further this year.

  • Derek says:

    Made this this past fall. I split the recipe up for pint jars and did them as sandwich slices rather than spears since I had some odd-sized cucumbers that worked better cut long-ways. Excellent stuff.

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