Looking for that perfect fried pickles recipe to use up some of those homemade dill pickles?
Fried pickles recipe is a great easy comfort snack, appetizer or even meal on a low-key evening. Usually, when we make this fried pickles recipe, we’re already in our jammies, the weather outside is frightful and there’s a great movie about to start.
In other words, this fried pickles recipe is definitely a comfort food for us. But it’s also a way to use up all the homemade pickles I canned from our amazing cucumber crop this past summer.
So, let’s jump into the fried pickles recipe. Here’s what you need to start making them.
What You Need
- Oil (We use Canola)
- Pickles (I advise to fry only however many your group will eat). Grow your own or buy them here.
- 1/2 Cup Flour
- 1/2 Cup Cornmeal
- 1 Cup Water
- Black Pepper
- Other seasoning such as Lawrys, Head Country, etc. Be creative!
And now, you’re ready to start making homemade fried pickles.
How to Make them
First of all, fill your fryer about 1/4 full of oil. You only need enough oil to drown the pickles in it.
Next, mix the flour and cornmeal together in a bowl with the water. It will make a nice batter to dip the pickles in.
Then, test the oil. It is hot? Ready to fry? If not, keep waiting. But, if the oil is nice and hot, you’re ready to start making those fried pickles.
So, just stab a pickle with a fork and dunk it into the batter. Make sure the pickle is completely covered in the batter.
Finally, it’s time for the magic. Carefully place the pickles in the fryer basket and drop it into the hot oil. Let the pickles fry in the oil for about 10 minutes or until the batter is golden brown. That’s when you know they are ready to enjoy.
As you’re eating your pickles with some ranch dressing, I’m going to share with you how I grew them on my farmstead.
Where do Pickles Come From?
Well, you might buy them at the grocery store. I recommend this brand of pickles for frying and enjoying.
But that’s not where my pickles come from.
There’s only one way that we can get 53 jars of homemade dill pickles, 50 jars of spicy pickles and 20 jars of pickle relish into our storage room.
We have to know how to grow a massive amount of cucumbers.
But what is there to know? To be honest with you, cucumbers are so easy to grow! Let me share my best tips with you.
How to Grow Cucumbers
You can definitely grow cucumbers wherever you are! Whether you grow a garden or don’t have the space, there are several ways to grow them:
- In a Pot
- A small garden
- Vertically (I’m trying vertical this year).
So, I’m sure there are way more ways to grow your cucumbers. Here are the standard methods and requirements for growing cucumbers:
- Make sure cucumbers will have plenty of space. They are vines and will spread everywhere.
- Provide some weed control, such as black plastic. Weeds are difficult to control amongst the vines.
- Your cucumber plants must have full sun. They require warm temperatures and warm sun to grow and thrive.
- Form some hills in well draining soil. Simply push some seeds into the hills. Make sure seeds are completely covered.
- Next, make sure the cucumbers have plenty of water.
- Finally, cucumbers are a medium sized vegetable. This means that you should pick them at the correct size for maximum enjoyment.
And that last one is a major one. It’s easy for your cucumbers to grow to a gigantic size, which means they are over mature. They lose some nutritional and taste value.
So, those are the key points of growing cukes. I think you’ll find that you’ll be overflowing with them in no time. So, now what do you do with them all?
How to Can Pickles
Well, we enjoy cucumbers in season as salads, chips and just dipped in Ranch dressing. But, we also love pickles.
We make three kinds of pickles:
- Homemade Dill
- Dill Relish
- Spicey Dill (Mrs. Wages)
I’m not going to get too much into how to can pickles. My spear recipe for the homemade dill pickles came from the Ball Blue Book of Canning, which is my go to for most of my canning recipes.
In fact, the majority of the canning products I use is Ball. They have great safe recipes, so head on over to here and check them out. The main key points:
- Waterbath Canned
- 1/4 inch head space of liquid
- 20 minutes processing time.
And canning is really fun and easy. Here are some of my other canning recipes made from farm fresh produce:
I just love to grow produce and preserve them. Not only is it fun for me, but it is also a great way to eat vegetables during the non-season. Plus, it’s healthy. Here are some nutrition facts about cucumbers and fried pickles.
Nutrition Facts of Homemade Fried Pickles Recipe
The following nutrition facts are based upon the states in myfitnesspal. Feel free to follow me and share your fitness and food.
So, there are three parts here for nutrition facts:
- The Cucumbers
- The Dill Pickles
- Fried Pickles
Let’s start with the basic cucumber. The one you grow in your garden to make this fried pickles recipe. The cucumber in the raw is the healthiest part of this fried pickles recipe.
According to myfitnesspal, you’ll find that a raw cucumber with the skin contains vitamins and minerals, no fat and around 8 calories.
Then, we have the dill pickles. One spear soaked in the juice and seasoned with dill is around 8 calories and no fat! So, no real change from the raw cucumber. What a healthy snack!
Finally, the fried pickles. There’s not many extra calories added in. According to myfitnesspal, one fried pickle spear is 50 calories, 1 gram of fat and 8 grams of carbs.
So, besides calories, this fried pickles recipe isn’t adding much more. Which, in my opinion, makes it the perfect comfort snack when you need one. Here are some tips to make them a little bit healthier.
Healthy Frying Tips for Your Homemade Fried Pickles Recipe
So frying gets a bad wrap. Everywhere you look, you’ll see jabs at fried foods. And while there is some truth to that, I believe that moderation is key.
I’m going to be honest with you…Sometimes I just CRAVE something fried and dipped in ranch dressing. Just being real. But I don’t eat it all the time.
So, when I do make something fried, like fried pickles, for the family, we try to use a healthier oil. Cooking Light has some more amazing tips for healthier frying:
- Keep oil clean by removing crumbs.
- Make better breading using cornmeal or rice flour to absorb the oil.
- Use moderation when eating fried foods. Eat a salad or other veggie with it.
- Choose an oil with a high smoke point, such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Canola Oil.
- Choose a heart healthy oil such as Olive Oil, Canola Oil and Sunflower Oil.
- Drain cooked food on a paper towel.
And there’s many more I linked to in that link above from Cooking Light. You don’t have to avoid fried foods altogether. Moderation is key! So, Enjoy!
Enjoy Homemade Fried Pickles!
So, I’ve pretty much taken you through all the steps for a garden to table snack! I’ve discussed:
- Where pickles come from.
- How to grow cucumbers
- How to harvest them.
- Then, how to make the pickles and can them for later.
- Nutrition facts of the fried pickles.
- And finally how to make fried pickles.
In conclusion, you are ready to step out and try something totally new and delicious. These fried pickles in moderation is healthy and low-cal, so get out your jar of pickles and fry some up today!
~ Much Love ~
Believer. Teacher. Mommy to Girls & Goats. Lover of the land. Farm Fresh Foodie. Wellness Coach. Welcome to my Rural Life!
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