STOP BUYING THEM.
If you’re anything like everyone else I know, you have at least one jar in your fridge at all times.
Now, I have no idea how to can things. I don’t have any desire to buy a canning setup and spend copious amounts of time sanitizing jars and praying that they don’t explode when I drop them into hot water.
It’s happened before.
In comes the quick pickle. It will save your life.
A jar of Kroger brand sliced pickles costs about $2.20 for half a quart. An entire quart of quick pickles costs about $2.80.
It’s 64% cheaper to make your own pickles!
You should have most of the ingredients at your house already. The last time I made a batch of pickles, I only had to buy cucumbers and dill, which means the entire 2-quart jar of pickles cost me about $3.76.
They take less than 10 minutes to make AND they’re super delicious.
2 cucumbers $0.69/each
2 cups white vinegar $0.17/cup
2 cups water (free?)
2 tbsp salt $0.06/tbsp
2 tsp sugar $0.006/tsp
1 tbsp whole black peppercorns $0.33/tbsp
4 garlic cloves $0.03/clove
fresh dill $0.50 ish
$2.80 for a 1qt. jar
To start, buy yourself a real adult mandolin. It’s worth buying.
Real adult mandolin = thin & satisfying pickles
Mandolin your cucumbers on the smallest setting or try to cut them as thin as possible.
Put vinegar, water, salt & sugar in a pan and bring to a boil, stirring until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Put all of your thin sliced cukes into a jar, layering the peppercorns, garlic & fresh dill as you go.
Pour the hot vinegar mixture over the cukes. Try not to have your jar on a metal surface for this. It will crack.
Let it cool at room temp then put it in the fridge. Every recipe I’ve seen says not to eat them for 24 to 48 hours, but I ate several an hour after making them when they were still warm and they were damn delicious.
As far as I can tell, quick pickles never go bad. I’ve had that giant jar in my fridge for at least a month (so basically forever) and so far the only difference is that the flavor gets consistently more mellow.
Save some money.
Make your own pickles.