How long is it recommended for fresh cut pickles to marinate in the brine for softer flavorful pickles after canning? Thanks!
Softer meaning what? Less vinegary? Less garlic flavored?
Cider vinegar gives a much more mellow flavor than white vinegar does. And you an always reduce the garlic or the dill if you wish. Otherwise the standard brining time is 4-6 weeks for best flavor.
That doesn't mean you can't eat them before hand, you can. Technically, if kept refrigerated you can eat them any stage you want but the less time in the brine, the less the pickled flavor.
I like them softer and less crunchy. Kinda like the store bought fridge ones. I can't seem to find a regular dill pickle recipe that doesn't look weird or call for crazy spices. I only have the mrs.wages dill pickle mix to try when my cukes are ready. :-/
like the store bought fridge ones
Do you mean Clausens? That is a totally different process to make them. If not them, which specific brand?
There are basically 3 different ways to make pickles - fresh pack, fermentation, or refrigerator. Mrs. Wages is a fresh pack method. "Softer and less crunchy" are usually fermented pickles.
Here is a link that might be useful: NCHFP - Pickling Methods and Information
Ok it doesn't bother me that much if they aren't soft but I really want them flavorful, I thought the softer the pickle the more time the brine needs to soak in. I guess I'll try a couple batches at different weeks and test flavors. Thanks:-)