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Refrigerator Dill Pickles

cucumber pickles

We recently shared with you a recipe for pickles and mentioned that there is another method for making them.

We found this recipe by A Couple Cooks. Alex and Sonja (hi! and thanks!) provided a very clear explanation on how to make them; and we consider this is way easier and faster (both to make and enjoy)!

Ingredients

2 1-pint wide-mouth mason jars with lids
1 pound small cucumbers
3 cloves garlic
1 large handful fresh dill
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
1 tablespoon sugar
1½ tablespoons kosher salt
⅔ cup white vinegar
4 small chili peppers (optional)
1 cup water
Yield: 2 jars

Directions

  1. Wash two mason jars and lids in hot soapy water, rinse, and let air dry.
  2. Quarter the cucumbers into four slices each, lengthwise. Cut 3 cloves garlic in half. If desired, slice 4 chili peppers in half and add to the jars for a little extra heat!
  3. In a spare mason jar or covered container, combine 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1½ tablespoons kosher salt and ⅔ cup white vinegar. Tightly close the lid and shake vigorously until the sugar and salt dissolve. Add 1 cup water to the mixture.
  4. In the two clean mason jars, tightly pack the cucumbers, garlic, and fresh dill (and chili peppers, if desired).
  5. Pour the brine mixture over the cucumbers. Tap the jars on the counter to release any air bubbles and top off the jar with extra water if any cucumbers are exposed.
  6. Place the lids on the jars and screw on the rings until they are tight. Leave the jars in the fridge for 24 hours before tasting. The pickles last up to one month refrigerated.

Source: A Couple Cooks.

 

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Tzatziki

tzatziki

This traditional Greek appetizer though is simple to make, it has great flavour. It is light and fresh, and it may also be used as a sauce for gyros or kebabs.

 

Ingredients

1 medium cucumber

Salt, to taste

2 cups Greek or natural yogurt

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp olive oil

handful of dill

1 tsp dried mint

juice of ½ lemon

Serves: 2 cups

 

Directions

Peel cucumber. Cut in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Grate cucumber, place it in a sieve and sprinkle with salt. Let it rest for 5 minutes. With clean hands squeeze out excess liquid. Place in a small bowl. Add the yogurt, minced garlic, olive oil, chopped dill, mint and lemon juice. Stir until fully combined. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Source: Adapted from CBC In the Kitchen.