Spicy Horseradish Pickles

Spicy Horseradish Pickles
July is National Pickle Month, so why not make some? (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - As easy as it is to purchase pickles in your grocery store, it is almost just as easy to make your own! July is National Pickle Month, so why not make some? Your family and friends will love these unique pickles, and they make perfect gifts, too.

Prep Time: 3 hours

Yields: 5 (1-quart) jars

Stirrin' It Up: Spicy Horseradish Pickles (July 30, 2019)

Ingredients:

40 medium pickling cucumbers

10 (¼” x 3”) strips peeled horseradish root, divided

2 cups white vinegar

1¼ cups granulated sugar

3 tbsps whole pickling spices

7 cups water

10 tsps diced red bell pepper, divided

10 tsps diced yellow bell pepper, divided

20 cloves garlic, peeled and divided

20 small sprigs dill, divided

5 tbsps pickling salt, divided

Method:

Soak cucumbers in ice-cold water 2–3 hours.

Sterilize 5 (1-quart) jars with lids and rings and keep hot.

In a large pot, combine vinegar, sugar, pickling spices, and water over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.

Trim cucumber ends and using a sharp knife, carefully creating a slit on side of each cucumber. Place 4 cucumbers on the bottom of each jar then add 1 horseradish root, 1 teaspoon red bell pepper, 1 teaspoon yellow bell pepper, 2 cloves garlic, and 2 dill sprigs. Place 4 remaining cucumbers in each jar. Repeat adding vegetables, seasonings and herbs into each jar.

Carefully pour boiling brine into jars until ¼ inch from the top. Add 1 tablespoon of pickling salt to each jar then seal with lids and rings.

Place jars into canner or a large pot and cover with water by ¼ inch, taking care to submerge completely under water. Bring to a rolling boil at 212°F then reduce to simmer at 190°F and cook about 30 minutes.

Carefully remove jars from water. Using a towel, test jars for a good seal and reseal jars tightly if necessary. Place jars upside down at room temperature on a towel preferably overnight.

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