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Finished Gherkins

Sour Gherkins (Cornichons)

Use the tiniest cucumbers you can find for these perfectly crunchy sour gherkins (aka. Cornichons).

Ingredients

Saltwater Soak

  • 2 tbsp canning salt
  • 1 cup water
  • baby cucumbers

Canning Spices and Brine

  • peppercorns 3-5 per quarter pint jar
  • allspice berries 1-2 per quarter pint jar
  • 1 cup vinegar white or cider
  • 1 tbsp canning salt

Instructions

  1. Make a brine with 1 part salt and 8 parts water, or 2 tablespoons of salt to each cup of water.  Soak the tiny cucumbers for a few hours or overnight.

  2. Drain the baby cucumbers and pack them into canning jars with spices.  I've used 5 peppercorns and 2 allspice berries to each quarter pint canning jar.

  3. Make a brine with 1 tbsp of canning salt to every cup of vinegar and bring to a boil.  Each quarter pint jar only needs a few tablespoons of brine, but extra brine can be saved for the next batch.

  4. Pour the brine over the pickles, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.  Seal with 2 part canning lids and store in the refrigerator or process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes.