I didn't end up using all of these squash, but I think I used about 8 of each. I used my mandolin on the thickest setting and went to work. I did all the slicing while the jars were boiling and the brine was brining.
After slices the veggies and boiling the jars and lids, I filled the bottom of each jar with around 2 cloves on diced garlic, a heaving teaspoon on pickling spices and a heaping tea spoon of dried dill. I'm waiting for my dill seeds to arrive to make more pickles this week.
After stuffing the jars in and attempting to make them pretty on came the brine. 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar and 1.5 tablespoons of salt brought to a boil.
A quick 5 minute boil in a water bath and easy-peasy pickles are done! Next time I'm going to run the jars through the dishwasher on the sanitizer cycle, boiling them just takes too darn long! I spend most of the my time boiling jars.
I don't know what I waited so long to try canning! I think I'm hooked! I'm picking up more jars this week and going to try my hand at pasta sauce and doing something with the enormous cauliflower heads. I have a mountain of cucumbers that need pickling too. Check out the recipe and some tips on the kitchen, I used their brine recipe and the spices as a guide.
I'm off to snack!