In Search of Dill Heads

dill_headsDave writes in:

Where can you easily find Dill heads for use in making dill pickles. I cannot find them when I need them.

So, some of you might be wondering what a Dill head is. It’s the flowering part from the top of the dill plant.  Let it dry out on the plant and you’ll have dill seed.

 

Dill heads can be found in some grocery stores a little later in the season or at farmers’ markets.  Many folks grow their own to make sure they have a supply for the season.

Hope this helps.

Shirley

Why are some pickles so mushy?

153553938Last year at this time, I received a question from Vivian – who is clearly starting to think of her gardening and canning plans for the coming year. It’s a question I get a lot, so I’m glad to share my thoughts.

She writes: “I used Mrs Wages dill pickle mix to can pickles this summer. The pickles are soft and mushy – not crisp. What happened? Thanks!”

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In a pickle about preserving vegetables? Answers to common canning questions.

Pickles-in-7-easy-steps-(cropped)I’ve received quite a few questions about pickles and pickling (more than just cucumbers).  Rather than post each one individually, I thought it might be best to list them all in one place.

And, of course, if you have more questions, let me know on my Facebook page or by sending your question to me via my website.  I’m always happy to reply back (by email when possible) and post the questions and answers here on my blog.

Now, on to the questions …

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