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Homemade Dill Pickles

These dill pickles are great as-is, but feel free to customize the “per jar” ingredients used to your own tastes. Add more garlic - or skip it - add other spices, etc. Just don’t alter the brine recipe! This one is safe, and changing water/salt/vinegar proportions can screw with that!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Processing Time15 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 lbs
Calories: 601kcal
Author: Marie Porter


Clean, sterilized canning jars and rings
New, never-used, sterilized canning lids
Jar Lifter, Canning Funnel
LARGE pot to process them in


  • 4 lbs Pickling Cucumbers Washed/scrubbed well.


  • 8 cups Vinegar* 5% acidity
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 cup Pickling Salt

Per pint jar (Double this for quart jars):

  • 2 Garlic cloves Peeled and cut in half
  • 1 head Fresh Dill or 1 teaspoon dill seed
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper Corns
  • ¼ teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • ¼-1/2 Jalapeno Pepper Sliced (optional)


  • Slice your cucumbers into whatever form you prefer – we like to do spears for both pint and quart jars, selecting pickles that perfectly fit the height of each.
  • Fill your LARGE pot with at least 6″ of water, put on medium or high heat to bring it to a boil as you prepare your brine.
  • In another pot (NOT the canning pot!), combine vinegar, water, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring well to dissolve the salt. As the brine heats up, measure your “per jar” ingredients into your sterilized jars. Arrange your prepared cucumbers into the jars, packing them tightly.
  • Once brine comes to a boil, use a canning funnel to pour brine into prepared jars, leaving about ½″ head space. Wipe off the top edges of the jar with a clean, wet towel, top each with a new, sterilized lid, and carefully screw on a clean lid ring. I like to use a kitchen towel for this, the jars are HOT! Carefully place your jars of pickles into the boiling water pot, allow to process for 15 minutes. CAREFULLY remove them, allow to cool overnight.
  • The next morning, check to make sure that all of the jars achieved a proper seal – try to push down in the middle of each lid. If it “pops”, it did not seal. Any jars that didn’t seal should be put in the fridge and used in the next few weeks.
  • Leave the jars alone for at least a few days, to allow the flavors to permeate the cucumbers. Store in a cool, dark area (ideally) for up to 1 year, chill well before eating.


Important: Nutritional information shown is for the whole recipe - brine included - NOT individual servings.
Who even knows what a serving of pickles is?


Calories: 601kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 113347mg | Potassium: 2508mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 1384IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 514mg | Iron: 6mg