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Granny's Killer-Dillers

shantihhh's picture
These are simply the best dill pickles ever! Your family and friends will love them.
  Water 12 Cup (192 tbs)
  White vinegar 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Pickling salt 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Alum 2 Teaspoon
  Dill 1
  Peeled garlic 2 Clove (10 gm)
  Dried chili 1
  Peeled horseradish 1 Inch (1 Inch X 1/2 Inch Piece)
  Green bell pepper 1 Inch (1 Inch X 1 1/2 Inch Piece)

Process pickles in a large kettle filled with warm water to just below the neck of the jars, bring pickles to boiling and process for 10-12 minutes at boiling. Check colour of cucumbers after about 10 minutes by lifting one jar from hot water bath and looking at colour. Cucumbers should be starting to look somewhat yellow. Don't overcook (they will still continue to cook after removing from hot water bath).


Wipe jars.

Place on shelves to cure for 4 to 6 months for flavour to develop, one year is better.

Recipe Summary

Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
My mother-in-law taught me to make these many years ago and they are a staple in our pantry. Young and old find them simply adictive! You can adjust spiciness by the number of chiles you use. We love them hot and I use 4 dried Thai chiles per jar. The horseradish root and green pepper keep the crisp!

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HotChef's picture
have not dropped in for a long time due to busy life and opening new restaurants this sounds brillant-must give it a go
tanya3286's picture
I never heard of alum being used in pickles before... so they are not harmful to the body then?? I have only heard of alum being used as an antiseptic and for water purification here.. :)
healthyeating's picture
I have heard somewhere that alum is not good for health...So, is there any substitution for it ?
Dmodde's picture
below is a list of uses for alum none are bad for the body and you probably get them everyday in your white and wheat bread from most bakeries. Medical uses: Alum is used in many subunit vaccines as an adjuvant to enhance the body's response to immunogens. Such vaccines include hepatitis A, hepatitis B and DTaP. Alum in powder or crystal form, or in styptic pencils, is sometimes applied to cuts to prevent or treat infection. Powdered alum is commonly cited as a home remedy for canker sores. Preparations containing alum are used by pet owners to stem bleeding associated with animal injuries caused by improper nail clipping. Culinary uses Alum powder, found in the spice section of many grocery stores, may be used in pickling recipes as a preservative to maintain fruit and vegetable crispness. Alum is used as the acidic component of some commercial baking powders. Alum was used by bakers in the England during the 1800s to make bread whiter[6]. White bread was demanded by the middle class. In 1875, the Sale of Food and Drugs Act prevented this and other adulturations. [7
aparna.priya's picture
looks great !
Laura j's picture
My grandmothers recipe always used alum. She passed away before any of us obtained the full recipe...this sounds like it might be close!
shantihhh's picture
Time to make pickles! These are our family favourite!
Kendra J's picture
I have Lots of fresh Cayenne peppers in my garden. Can I use thse instead of the dried chile? Do I have to dry the peppers or can I put them in fresh?
shantihhh's picture
I often use fresh blemish free chiles vrom the garden! Enjoy, and be sure and let the jars sit for 6 months or longer to develop properly. You will love them!
Granny's Killer-Dillers Recipe