This is a small batch recipe that makes one quart jar. Scale it up if you like! You’ll have to refrigerate and use these pickles within a few months. Although you can process them in a water bath, I tend not to, as it makes these pickles far too soft for my taste. Mince these up into your next chicken salad or potato salad instead of dill pickles or use them on a charcuterie board for a vibrant splash of yellow color.
Slice the fat, round cucumbers into rounds and half or quarter them into whatever size you like. Try not to get them TOO thin or small, unless you like squishy pickles.
Add a layer of cucumbers, garlic, and onions to the jar and sprinkle them with some of the salt. Repeat this process until the jar is full. Mix your vinegars, water, sugar, the rest of the salt, and the cider/mead in a pan on the stove, stir them well, and bring the brine up to boil. Add the mustard seed, cardamom, and black pepper seasonings directly to the jar. Pour the boiling brine carefully over the veggies in the jar. Once you have filled it, put on the lid and band and let it rest on the counter until it is room temperature.
Once it’s cooled off completely, label the jar with the contents and date and store it in your fridge. Give it a day or so for the flavors to meld and then enjoy it until it is all gone.