Straw Bale Garden Plants – Cucumbers Dill Pickle Recipe

Pickle canning jar
This entry is part [part not set] of 28 in the series Straw Bale Gardening

Cukes! Wonderful Cukes! You are one of my favorite straw bale garden plants. I wish I could eat you all up when you are fresh. But, that is just impossible. This time of year, you are just too many. So you will be pickled. This article has the best dill pickle recipe. 

There are several ways to preserve your straw bale garden plants like cucumbers for the winter. They can be dried, frozen, or my favorite, pickled. If you are familiar with canning at all, you already knew this. I am not going to get into the canning process, but I will give you a good canning recipe. Pick up the Ball canning guide or some other trusted source for proper canning practice and safety.

straw bale garden plants
This is a Future Pickle.

This is without a doubt the best dill pickle recipe. It is a wonderful combination of fresh dill, cucumbers, and garlic that make the best pickles EVER.  

First, pick your fresh cucumbers and prepare your dill and garlic. You may also use jalapenos if you want spicy pickles. 


Garlic Dill

Second, make a brine. 1 cup canning salt plus 3 quarts water plus one quart vinegar. 

Third, after you sanitize each jar, add 2 heads of dill, 2-3 cloves of garlic, a tsp of Alum, and if you have grape vines, a grape leaf. Pour the hot brine over the top to nearly fill the jar. 

Pickle canning jar

You will give it a water bath to pasteurize it (again, follow canning safety). When you remove it from the bath, place it on a counter to cool. The top will pop and you will need to wait for two weeks for your pickles to be finished. 

Hot Bath

This year, we had enough to make 40 quarts of pickles. As a variant, you can make them spicy. 10 of these jars had 3 sliced rings of a jalapeno to add the spice. 

straw bale garden plants turned into pickles

When you do eat the pickles, feel free to eat the pickled jalapeno and pickled garlic too. I think you will find that these pickles will make you agree with me that cucumbers are one of the best straw bale garden plants. 

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Chris Ashbach is one of the founders of Dan330. Chris is a pilot and avid outdoorsman who loves fishing, hunting, camping, and exploring. He loves taking kids (especially his own) on trips to share his passion of the outdoors. Chris is also a gardener, volunteers at Let's Go Fishing, and teaches Sunday school. Chris holds a MA in Organizational Leadership and is faculty at a local university in Minnesota; teaching undergraduate business classes.