8/24/11

Laurie's Clausen Clones Pickles


I was looking for a dill pickle recipe that didn't involve canning. I just don't have time to can this year, and really don't have the energy for it either. My friend Laurie gave us this recipe to try, and her family loves them.  Since they are called "Clausen Clones", and I love Clausen pickles, I figured it was just what I was looking for.

I followed her recipe to a "T", except I cut my pickles into slices instead of spears. I just like eating a pickle slice better.

Warning though-this recipe calls for letting the pickles sit on the cupboard, uncovered, for 3 days! You and your house will smell like pickles. Crunch!

Clausen Clones
4-5 medium to large cucumbers (cut into slices or spears)
4-6 heads of dill
1 large white onion, diced
1/2 t. mustard seed
4 to 6 cloves garlic

Put all of the above into a 5 qt. ice cream pail. Cut the pickles into quarters (or slices) and stand on end until full. (for the slices I just filled the pail almost to the top).

Brine:
1/2 c. pickling salt
2 c. white vinegar
6 c. water

Bring the brine ingredients to a boil and pour over the cucumbers. Stand on the cupboard for 3 days, uncovered. Cover and put in the refrigerator for up to 1 year.

The jury is still out on whether or not they are as good as clausen since I haven't been able to taste them (2 days to go!). But, Laurie has good taste and if she says they're good, I know they must be. And the smell...while I'm not sure I like smelling like a pickle, I have to say they smell so good!





This was the easiest pickle recipe ever!

Are you a pickle lover?

AND...

Do you can your garden harvest?

8 comments:

Vanessa said...

Good morning! Sound yummy!

I was just thinking yesterday I need to learn to make pickles. This recipe is easy enough. I am going to try this.

But do you put them in the jar and seal them and let it stand on the counter for 3 days? Or do you just leave them in a bowl and uncover?

Thanks,
Vanessa

Joyful Things said...

pickles are just about at the top of my favorite things. my mouth is watering!

lbjohnston said...

Leave the pickles sit uncovered on the counter for three days. Then cover and refrigerate. My guys eat them after a day. I like them better after they are in the fridge for a while. Enjoy!

Laura K. said...

Here in Europe, our cucumbers are sized bigger than in USA (I don't know why!!) Can you give me an estimate in weight or cups for the amount I would need sliced up like you did? We only have sweet pickles over here and I miss dill pickles so much so I want to try this out!

Laura K. said...

If you leave them uncovered on the counter, how do you keep bugs out?

Tanya said...

Hi Laura! I wish I could give you an accurate estimate, but honestly I just started chopping and adding them to the jars, so I'm not sure. The next time I make them I'll be sure to put the amounts it uses. As for the bugs, I never had one bug go in them. Maybe it's too stinky? I did cover the tops with a towel at night. Warning--these stink up your house for a few days!

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to know just how close to Claussen they taste. I suspect not too close as Claussen uses close to 11 different spices in their pickles.

Anonymous said...

I h e made them before, and they are very much like the true thing. I used minced onion (dried) instead of real onion though.