I got some jars, pickling spices, and vinegar and researched some recipes. A lot of recipes called for boiling the jars, and needing tongs to take them out or having to wait weeks before you could enjoy your pickles. I finally found an easy method that makes delicious pickles ready to eat in 24 hours.
I decided to pickle cucumbers, banana peppers and onions.
You can either buy a pickling season mix, or create your own using pickling salt, mustard seed, coriander seed, cloves, all spice and other spices - it's really up to your own taste preference.
You combine the seasoning mix with vinegar and water and simmer.
Warning - This is very strong smelling, make sure you open a window or ventilate or your house will smell for days.
Once it's simmering you just pour it over the cucumbers in the jars. I used a ladle and the mess was minimal.
I used Ball Jars with lids and bands (same you would use for making jams.) Then you refrigerate for 24 hours. Because you are putting a hot liquid straight into the cold, the jars seal themselves.
I was so excited that the pickles turned out crisp and flavorful! We ate a whole jar (1 pint) in just 2 days!
I'm ready to make more and share with friends!