Hello joshuaryan. I missed your post. Well, how did your pickles turn out. I was curious about the amount of salt.
Pickle update. It has been almost a month. Beamed a flashlight under the stairs. The pickles look happy. Haven't popped open a jar yet.
What I have had is the "cheater" version, some of you mentioned. Great idea.
I noticed when the hot pickling liquid hits the pickle, the pickle turns from that fresh white/bright green skin color to an inside lime green color. Just like most pickles you see at ther grocery stores.
So, on my cheaters, I cooked the pickling liquid, then cooled it. Then. I added it to the jar of pickles. The appearance is much nicer.
I had six cheater jars. Seven people really enjoyed them, or, are good fibbers. I did notice that the jars with whole garlic cloves had just a slight hint, a of garlic taste. The jars with crushed garlic, were more flavored and favored.
A suprise. Near the end of my pickling, I had two jars left. I pickled mini brussels, carrots, green beans, parsley, hungarian, jalepeno, cayenne peppers, scallions and cauliflower. A mix of all, in each of the two jars. Next year, I will do more hodge podge jars.