Claussen Knockoff Garlic & Dill Pickles
Claussen Knockoff Garlic & Dill Pickles – I can’t believe it’s been over 2 years since I’ve pickled a batch of Claussen style garlic and dill knockoff pickles. These beauties have turned out fabulous over the years so I decided to gather all the ingredients for this simple yet fresh crispy delicious refrigerator pickle recipe. Talk about a sticker shock!! Two years ago a case/lug of pickling cucumbers cost me $22.50 but this year the same case/lug was just shy of $45 and that included the 10% discount the manager gave me. With this recipe and a case of pickling cucumbers I was able to pack 21 large mouth quart jars with spears. At my local grocery store a jar of Claussen pickles run about $4.50 each. So the bottom line is by the time you factor all the ingredients and my time it’s probably a wash but my pickled cucumbers have no preservatives and the results are to die for!
This makes enough brine for 4 quart jars. No need to boil the brine. combine in a large pitcher. Stir until salt is dissolved. Set aside.
- 6 cups of filtered water
- 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ cup Pickling & Canning salt – Do not use regular table or sea salt
Ingredients for each quart jar:
- 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced in half
- ½ tsp mustard seed
- 8 fresh dill sprigs/heads
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dehydrated minced/chopped onion
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 TBSP peppercorns
- Pack each sterilized quart jar with the ingredients listed above
- Pour enough brine in each jar and shake the jar to combine the spices
- Tightly pack sliced cucumber spears in each quart jar
- Pour pickling brine over cucumber spears leaving ½ inch or head room or more
- Cover each jar with lid and band.
- Tighten band and turn each jar upside-down and right-side up a few times to distribute the seasonings
- Loosen each band and allow to sit on counter top for 3 days
- Twice daily – tighten band and turn/shake each jar 4 times
- Loosen bands and return to counter top
- On the 4th day, tighten the bands and refrigerate the Claussen Knockoff pickles
- These Claussen Knockoff Garlic & Dill pickles will keep in the refrigerator for at least 6 months but I know they will be enjoyed way before that
I highly recommend leaving the pickles in the refrigerator for at least one week before cracking your first jar … Enjoy!
For Planning Purposes:
One case/lug of pickling cucumbers will pack approximately 20 wide mouth quart jars. Depending on the size of the pickling cucumbers I was able to tightly pack 12 to 15 spears in each jar. I cut each cucumber into 4 spears which means I packed 3 to 4 cucumbers per jar.
Approximate amount of Ingredients:
2½ to 3 cups Pickling Salt, ½ gallon Apple Cider vinegar, 1½ gallons filtered water, 1 to 1½ lbs peeled fresh garlic, 2 oz mustard seed, 2 bundles dill sprigs, 4 oz pepper corn, 2 oz onion powder, 4 oz dehydrated onion chopped/minced, 1 oz red pepper.