Originally Posted by mharwitt
On my first attempt. Does anyone have any favorite recipes that they've tried? The batch I've got fermenting at the moment includes a ton of fresh chopped dill, 5 small garlic cloves, and maybe 15 peppercorns. Kind of wishing I had thrown in some mustard seeds.
I grew banana peppers last summer and pickled those with a recipe I found online. Maybe I picked the peppers too early, but when I opened that jar to eat one I nearly gagged. Had to dump all 4 jars I made.
I've had some success with pickles though. What you're describing is a very standard recipe. However, I enjoy them when they're spicy so I usually add some chopped chili peppers (any kind with heat will do) to each jar. Usually I do this with several different kinds of peppers for each jar because it can be a real gamble, heat-wise. Best to mix it up with a few jars and get some mild and hot batches.
Next time just keep experimenting by tweaking the recipe for each jar a little bit. Add some mustard seeds to your next batch or some cumin seed. You could even try making kool-aid pickles like I had down in Alabama. It was...interesting.