I want to make dill pickles in my four-gallon crock with some of my garden bounty, but some of the cucumbers are rather large. Can they be cut in smaller pieces before putting them into the brine or is there some reason why they need to be whole? I know you can slice them before pickling in jars, but none of the recipes talk about using anything other than 3 - 5" cucumbers for the crock.
Thanks, Threegardeners. I found a recipe that called for cut-up pickles, so I tried it. The big ones get mushy if they're cut up and left in there too long, but they're still good. I've just had problems finding them under all the leaves, so they get big before I can harvest them.