These are our new favourite pickles. They are crispy and crunchy.
They have a nice balance of sweet and sour, so that when you bite into one, you can’t decide if you are shivering from the “ice water” name, or the pucker power.
This recipe makes a lot; you may wish to cut it in half.
Per 4 pickles, the regular version is 25 calories and 236 mg sodium; the sugar and salt-free version has 18 calories and 4 mg sodium.
Jar size choices: 1/2 litre (1 US pint / 500 ml/ 16 oz) OR 1 litre (US quart / 32 oz)
Processing method: Water bath or steam canning
Yield: 12 x 1/2 litre (US pint) jars
Headspace: 2 cm (1/2 inch)
Processing time: Either size jar 10 minutes
Yield: 12 x ½ litre (1 US pint) jars or 6 x 1 litre (1 US quart) jars
Serving size: 4 pickles
Fat: .1 g
- 2¾ kg picking cucumbers ( 6 lbs)
- 1 large onion
- mustard seed
- 3 litres white vinegar, 5% acidity or higher (3 US quarts / 12 cups / 96 oz )
- 350 g pickling salt (1 cup / 12 oz) OR 4 to 6 tablespoons of salt sub, to taste
- 125 g sugar (1/2 cup / 4 oz) OR 1 teaspoon liquid stevia
- Wash cucumbers.
- Trim small sliver off each end.
- Cut cucumbers into spears.
- Cover with ice water and let soak 3 hours.
- In each ½ litre (1 US pint) jar put: a few strips of onion, a piece of celery (2 to 3 cm / 1 inch), 1 teaspoon of mustard seed. Double for the litre / quart - sized jars.
- Pack cucumber spears into jars, leaving 2 cm (1/2 inch) headspace.
- Put vinegar into a large pot. Add salt Or salt sub and sugar OR liquid stevia, and bring to the boil on the stove (or put it in something large enough and microwave safe, and zap it till boiling. Be cautious of surging when moving microwave-heated liquids.)
- Pour heated vinegar into jars, leaving 2 cm (1/2 inch) headspace.
- If you are short of heated vinegar, just quickly zap some more.
- Debubble, adjust headspace.
- Wipe jar rims.
- Put lids on.
- Process in a water bath or steam canner.
- Process either size jar for 10 minutes; increase time as needed for your altitude (see table below.)
Processing guideline times below differ slightly from the usual altitude changes. The times apply equally to water-bath canners or steam canners.
|Required processing time in minutes per altitude|
|Jar Size||0 - 300 m / 0 - 1,000 ft||301 - 900 m / 1,001 - 3,000 ft||901 - 1,800 m / 3,001 - 6,000 ft||Above 1,800 m / 6,000|
|1/2 litre (US pint)||10 min||15 min||15 min||20 min|
|1 litre (US quart)||10 min||15 min||15 min||20 min|
How to water bath process.
How to steam can.
When water-bath canning or steam canning, you must adjust the processing time for your altitude.
For salt substitute, a non-bitter, non-clouding one such as Herbamare Sodium-Free was used.
For stevia, Better Stevia liquid stevia was the stevia used.
More information about Sugar and Salt-Free Canning in general.
Australia and New Zealand vinegar strength special notes.
- Note that the size of pickling cucumbers used will affect how many go into a jar, and therefore how much pickling liquid is needed.
Ice Water Pickles. In: Andress, Elizabeth L. and Judy A. Harrison. So Easy to Preserve. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Bulletin 989. Sixth Edition. 2014. Page 132.
- Changed small pearl onions to a few strips of onion;
- Added option for smaller 1/2 litre (US pint) jars (processing time stays the same);
- Suggested sugar and salt subs.
Per 50 g / 4 pickles:
- 25 calories, 236 mg sodium
Sugar and salt-free version
Per 50 g / 4 pickles:
- 18 calories, 4 mg sodium
- Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 4 pickles, 0 points; 5 to 12 pickles, 1 point.
Notes: 500 g of pickle solids per litre / quart jar. 4 pickles = 50 g / one-tenth of the jar. 10 servings per large jar of 4 pickles a serving. So 60 servings of 4 pickles per large jar.
* Nutrition info provided by https://caloriecount.about.com
* PointsPlus™ calculated by healthycanning.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.
* Better Stevia ® is a registered trademark of the NOW Foods Company.
* Herbamare ® is a registered trademark of the A. Vogel Corporation.