Fermented Dill Zucchini Pickles

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sliced zucchini in jarWe have been following Colleen over on Grow Forage Cook Ferment for awhile. We’ve enjoyed reading her blog about homesteading endeavors, particularly related to fermenting, as well as her herbal DIY projects. Like us, she loves preserving the harvest so that she can have healthy and tasty food (and drink!) all year long. Not to mention that she is a fellow jar lover!

Grow Forage Cook Ferment

Today, Colleen is taking over the blog with a Fermented Dill Zucchini Pickles Recipe. Oh, and we have a fun giveaway at the end of the post.

fermenting zucchini with pickle pipe

Zucchini and other summer squash often come in abundance in summer gardens, so it’s great to have some new ways to preserve it for later eating. Fermenting is one of Colleen’s favorite ways to preserve any fresh produce, as it is easy to do, can be done in small batches, and is full of gut healthy probiotics!

Fermented Dill Zucchini Pickles Recipefermenting zucchini with pickle pipe

The addition of a grape leaf or green tea leaves will help keep your zucchini pickles crisp due to the tannins.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 medium zucchini or summer squash, sliced into rounds
  • 3 heads fresh dill flowers, or 1 tsp dill seeds
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp peppercorns
  • 1 grape leaf, or 1 tsp green tea leaves (optional, but recommended)
  • 2 cups unchlorinated (filtered) water
  • 1 ½ Tbsp kosher or sea salt (non-iodized)

Directions

  1. Fill a wide mouth quart sized jar with the sliced zucchini, spices, and optional grape leaf or green tea leaves, leaving an inch or so of headspace.
  2. Mix the water and salt to make a brine, and pour over the zucchini, making sure to cover all of the veggies. You may need to make a little more brine at a ratio of 3/4 Tbsp salt to 1 cup water in order to fill the jar.
  3. Weigh the zucchini down with a weight such as a Pickle Pebble so that they stay under the brine.
  4. Cover the jar with an airlock such as the Pickle Pipe, or a clean towel secured with a rubber band.
  5. Set in a cool and dark place for about 4-5 days to ferment. Taste the zucchini, and when they are to your liking they are done!
  6. Store in the refrigerator covered with a lid.

NOTES FROM COLLEEN: Making fermented vegetables is even easier with a Pickle Pipe and Pickle Pebbles! The Pickle Pipe is probably my favorite fermenting airlock, because it’s so easy to use and plastic free. The Pickle Pebbles weights are perfect for keeping all the veggies under the brine.

 

THE GIVEAWAYnaturally-fermented-elderberry-soda-560x800

Colleen has shared a really fun recipe for Fermented Elderberry Soda with Ginger and Honey on her blog. This wild elderberry soda is so great for your health because it’s full of immune boosting goodness with elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and honey. We’ve experimented with making our own Elderberry Syrup, so we can’t wait to give Colleen’s recipe a try. Colleen used our flip top bottles for her Elderberry Soda. So, we are giving away a case of our 16oz. flip top bottles to 1 lucky winner. Enter below.

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99 Comments

  1. Annette
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    I’d fill them with homemade root beer.

  2. Patricia Havens
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    I would fill them with homemade kombucha.

  3. Earen
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to try both the bottle and the fermented elderberry soda.

  4. Loura
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    water kefir

  5. Karen Jeanne
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    I think I’d use mine for pink lemonade. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Mary Ann Smith Kang
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    I would love to be able to make a case of kombucha and these bottles bottles are perfect for that!

  7. Posted September 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to make a batch of elderberry soda of my own in these~

  8. Wendy Posson
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I’d fill them with homemade ketchup, worcestershire sauce, a slew of shrubs, fruit syrups, homemade cough syrups, and infused alcohols.

  9. nancy phillips
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    nice bottles. i would put flavored vinegar and flavored oils in them

  10. Karyn
    Posted September 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to try the elderberry soda, and we’d probably also use them for ginger brew & water kefir!

  11. Danielle
    Posted September 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    So pretty! I would try my hands at kefir soda, maybe an apple since we have so many of them right now.

  12. kathy Persons
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    I am in the process of doing grape juice

  13. Meikan Etsudo Little
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I am making homemade vinegars for holiday gifts. I would use these bottle for my gifts.

  14. Amy S
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    These bottles look amazing! Plus the zucchini pickle recipe sounds great!!!

  15. Amy Z.
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    I’d fill these with flavored sodas!

  16. Mary
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I’d fill them with kombucha or jun. Or maybe one of the other fermented drinks I’ve been considering trying.

  17. Posted September 27, 2017 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I would fill them with my pomegranate syrup.

  18. Karen P.
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Love these bottles. I would use them for syrups.

  19. Kathy Burnett
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to make and fill them with elderberry soda and my favorite hibiscus kefir water!

  20. Posted September 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I would full them with rhubarb huckleberry wine!

  21. Norma
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Hope to win 😆

  22. Keri
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Kombucha!

  23. Rebekah
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    I’m planning to start kombucha soon, so these would be perfect.

  24. Deidre
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    I would fill them with kombucha!

  25. Posted September 27, 2017 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to fill these bottles up with mulled apple cider. This is a wonderful giveaway!

  26. JULIE TAYLOR
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I would fill these bottles with homemade ginger ale and give some away as gifts.

  27. leah
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I would fill them with my Little Kicks fermented ginger soda! Just the right KICK of ginger, and not too sweet.

  28. Deborah
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    The elderberry soda sounds interesting, with the plus of being healthy.

  29. Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I would fill them with kombucha or wine!

  30. Erika B
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Ketchup!

  31. Jackie
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    The possibilities are endless! Grapes, Plums, Pear, Apples, Cherries, etc. All sorts of juice, etc 🙂 !

  32. Lindsey
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Cranberry liqueur and chokecherry liqueur

  33. Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m planning on using the bottles for vinegar.

  34. Sally
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Home made elderberry, hibiscus, & pomegranate syrups, limoncello, Irish cream, & amaretto… all perfect for holiday gifting!

  35. Pat D
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I would fill the 16oz. Flip Top Bottles with my ginger kombucha. I will be making the dill zucchini pickles this weekend. Fillmore Container is my place to buy canning jars; brought three cases this year.

  36. John
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Elderberry flavored kombucha

  37. katklaw777
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Homemade wine vinegar…thanks!

  38. Becky Turner
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Home made liquors !!!!

  39. annette bleser
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I would fill them with a key lime ginger bug fermented soda!

  40. Lee Rabidoux
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I would fill them with Kombucha.

  41. Patricia
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I would try the elderberry if I could beat the birds to them.

  42. Karen Wood
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I would fill them with homemade fermented root beer and ginger beer.

  43. Carol Hardbarger
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I’d fill them with herb vinegars.

  44. Emily
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Hard cider!

  45. Jane H
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Those bottles would be handy for infused vinegars or alcohol. Or homemade vanilla extract!

  46. Bonnie
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Homemade syrups to share for gifts.

  47. Briget Bride
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I do fill them with Rose Petal Syrup for a friend of mine who is undergoing cancer treatments. She calls it her healing juice!!

  48. LindY G Sherrod
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I would probably fill them with homemade lemonade

  49. Shirley Cree
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    fruit liqueurs….

  50. Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Water kefir

  51. Judy Peterson
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I would fill with home made strawberry meade.

  52. Jan Elmore
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I make liqueurs for the fair and when I bring home the purple ribbon, I bottle for Christmas gifts. Swing top bottles would be perfect for gift giving!

  53. Cyndi Way
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I would fill my bottle with Kombucha flavored with the Elderberry Syrup from this blog. Sounds wonderful!

  54. Stephanie J Bannin
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    These bottles look like lots of fun! If I received these I would love to learn more about Kombucha, flavored vinegars and sumac aid!!
    Thanks for the p fermented zucchini recipe!!

  55. Linda Barr
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Fermented Gingerale and fermented lemonade!

  56. Posted September 27, 2017 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    As a brewer of wine and mead, I’d be using these for bottling my brews! I also make lots of cordials and elixirs to share with friends. 🙂

  57. shyela
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I would either full with kombucha or fire cider

  58. Sommer
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Kombucha!!

  59. Reshanda Plummer
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I want to make my own fermented beverages

  60. Dave D
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    These bottles are perfect for my Limoncello

  61. Sue
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Vinegars, flavorings and infused fruit drinks! Oh! The possiblies!

  62. Linda Bick
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Herb vinegars!!! 🌿, Home made limoncello & lemonade 🍋 !!!

  63. Lanae Byers
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    I like to bottle things….probably homemade rootbeer, although the elderberry drink looks fabulous. I think I would have to try that sometime!

  64. Posted September 27, 2017 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I would fill with homemade syrups such as peach and blueberry

  65. Tom
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Mead

  66. Nancy Guyotte
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Salad dressings for gifts!

  67. Kristina M
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Kombucha or home brew!

  68. Annie K
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Since it’s apple season, I’d fill some of mine with homemade cider and syrup. Since I’m taking an herbalism course, some would be used for cough and cold syrups. Thanks for the opportunity to win these!

  69. Tracey
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I would make homemade root beer with my kids!!!!

  70. L. Toinette Cunningh
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! herb infused vinegar and herbal olive oil.

  71. Jenny Long
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    I would fill them with herb vinegars.

  72. Lydia Ruddy
    Posted September 28, 2017 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    16 oz bottles are a great size for my husbands kombucha. I would probably fill them with fruity syrups, myself.

  73. Alicia Hewit
    Posted September 28, 2017 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    I would like to try the fermented Elderberry soda. It sounds yummy!!

  74. Brenda Williams
    Posted September 28, 2017 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    If I don’t watch out, my husband would claim them for some home-made hard cider 🙂
    I would definitely like the elderberry soda!

  75. carolyn
    Posted September 28, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    I would use them for syrups and they would be cute for spice bottles

  76. courtney
    Posted September 28, 2017 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Homemade apple cider! Wait—maybe EVOO! Wait—maybe root beer! Oh the possibilities!

  77. Posted September 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    This looks great! I’ve never tried fermenting my own zucchini pickles but I think after seeing this recipe its something I’m going to have to try! You made it seem so simple and straight forward. Thank you for sharing!

  78. Barbara Eubanks
    Posted September 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I would make homemade ginger ale and fruit syrup.

  79. Kathryn Rodriguez
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    I would love to have these bottles to make water kefir in!

  80. Diana Anshakov
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    The elderberry soda sounds interesting, so I might try that, or flavored vinegars or vanilla extract…

  81. Amber
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for all the ideas!

  82. gloria mullins
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Hard cider

  83. Nancy
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    These bottles would be great for home-made salad dressings.

  84. Ben Kullerd
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    I’d use them to make bottles of vanilla extract or limoncello to give away as Christmas presents!

  85. Cindy
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Crabapple Liquor

  86. Rust
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I would fill them with kombucha or my homemade root beer.

  87. Victoria Douglas
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    these would be great for apple & blackberry brandy

  88. sairuh
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I’d probably fill them with syrups and shrubs, though I’ve thought about making homemade rootbeer or ginger beer for years, but just never did it, so having the bottles would probably motivate me to do it.

  89. Sara Duprey
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I currently have eggnog aging in my fridge for Christmas time. I’d love these pretty bottles for gifting it.

  90. Pat Baulos
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    I would use this terrific bottles for my cold brew coffee! Also for my cold brew tea! I have purchased a number of jars and items from your site for myself and for gifts. Love them all! Pat

  91. Vanessa
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I would fill them with my homemade Kombucha.

  92. Rae Ellis
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    I would fill them with my homemade organic vanilla!!

  93. J
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Hot sauce!

  94. Jill Butler
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I would probably make flavored vinegars.

  95. Linda L
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I just made blackberry cordial so I would fill a couple of bottles with that.

  96. Deborah Favorito
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    I would use them for the different olive oils I use. I would also use it to make my own Vanilla bean extract.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway

  97. Joy Richard
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Lovely to store my homemade vinegars in!

  98. Joy Richard
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    These would be lovely to store my homemade vinegars in! Would love to win them!

  99. Peg Roberts
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I would fill them with my homemade vanilla

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