If you’re new to the low sodium lifestyle, you’ll need to be a bit patient with yourself while your taste buds ‘gear down’. At first, you’ll miss the salt. But after a week or two, low sodium foods will start to taste better and become more satisfying.
And, if you’ve been diligently adhering to your diet, after those couple of weeks you might find yourself really craving a good ole dill pickle spear. We sure did! And that’s how this recipe came about.
After thoroughly enjoying the first quart jar of pickles, we decided that the salt could be cut back just a little more to reach the goal of less than 100mg of sodium per spear. The original one tablespoon we used on the first batch has been cut to two teaspoons in this recipe. Keep in mind that most store-bought commercial pickles will weigh in at 200-300mg per spear. And yes, that means that you could have TWO Low-So Dilly Spears instead of one of those.
The only special equipment you’ll need for this recipe will be two one-quart canning jars with lids. If you don’t have any canning jars, just save up a few spaghetti sauce jars, or any other six to seven inch tall glass jars with well-fitting lids. As long as they are glass, and tall enough to hold your pickles, they will work just fine. You may need to put less pickles in each jar than the recipe calls for, but if you divide up all the ingredients amongst your jars, you’ll be fine. Pickles are not an exact science. If you’ve never preserved food before, don’t panic. There’s no need to put these pickles through any sort of canning procedure.
All right – it’s crunch time!
(As always, food photography by Caribou Ken Holuta)