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    Homemade Dill Pickle Recipe

    Published January 3, 2020. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Learn how to make dill pickles right from your very own kitchen in under 90 minutes that are way better than anything you’re going to get from the store.

    glass mason jar full of pickled cucumber chips

    Now you can top off all of your sandwiches, grilled cheeseburgers and other favorites with this simple pickle recipe.  If you’re nervous because you’ve never pickled anything before don’t worry as I will take you step-by-step through this easy process.

    How to Sterilize Your Jars

    It’s important that your new jars be sterilized before canning anything and this is the proper way to do it.

    1. Wash the jars, lids and outer bands with hot soapy water and rinse.

    washing mason jars with hot soapy water

    1. Bring the lids to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.

    simmering mason jar lids in a medium size pot of water

    1. Boil the jars in a large pot on a rack for 10 minutes. Set aside

    boiling mason jars in a large pot with colander

    Washing them in the dishwasher alone will not sterilize your jars.

    What Are They Made Of

    Dill pickles have few ingredients making them easy to make and delicious.  Here are the ingredients:

    • Kerby or Persian pickles
    • Fresh dill
    • Water
    • Vinegar
    • Salt
    • Garlic
    • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

    How Long Do They Need to Cure

    Once the brining liquid in the jar with the pickles has cooled to room temperature you can begin to eat them.  However, they will become more delicious within 3-5 days of adding the brine.

    What Kind of Cucumber to Use

    There are several different cucumbers you can use for your pickles and here are my favorites:

    • Kerby
    • Persian
    • Boston Pickling Cucumber
    • Bush Pickle

    If you can’t find any of these varieties you can simply slice a regular or hothouse cucumber into spears or chips.

    Refrigerator Pickles

    If you are wanting to eat them right away, you will want to add the lid and place them immediately in the refrigerator once they have cooled in the brine to room temperature.  They will last 4-6 weeks in the refrigerator and need to be stored in there at all times.  Also, learn how to make my bread and butter pickles recipe if you are looking for a little twist.

    How to Make Dill Pickles

    1. Cut your cucumbers.
    2. Place in a sterilized jar.

    cutting cucumbers and placing them in mason jars

    1. Add in fresh dill.
    2. Add water, vinegar, minced garlic, salt and crushed red pepper flakes to a pot and bring to a boil or until the salt has dissolved.

    stuffing dill into pickle jars and making a brine

    1. Pour the brine over the pickles and let cool to room temperature.
    2. Add the lid and label and date.

    labeling and dating pickle jars

    1. Keep cool in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks.

    Recipe Chef Notes + Tips

    How to Store: Keep the lid on the jar and store in the refrigerator under 40° for 4-6 weeks.

    How to Freeze: Pickles do not freeze well so we advise against it.

    How to Seal: Once the brine has been poured over the top of the cucumbers you will immediately screw on the lid and place it into a pot of boiling water with a rack in it and boil for 10 minutes.

    Simply cool it too room temperature and keep for up to 1 year. You will know it has sealed correctly if the lid on the jar will not move at all when pressing in the center of it.

    If you can’t find any pickling cucumber varieties you can simply slice a regular or hothouse cucumber into spears or chips.

    mason jars full of dill pickles

    Canning to Seal

    Perhaps you won’t be able to eat these pickles for quite some time.  In this case, you will want to seal them.  Once the brine has been poured over the top of the cucumbers you will immediately screw on the lid and place it into a pot of boiling water with a rack in it and boil for 10 minutes.

    Simply cool it too room temperature and keep for up to 1 year.  You will know it has sealed correctly if the lid on the jar will not move at all when pressing in the center of it.

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    Let's Cook - Chef Billy Parisi

    Video

    Dill Pickle Recipe

    5 from 4 votes
    Learn how to make dill pickles right from your kitchen in under 90 minutes that are more delicious than store-bought.
    Servings: 48
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Cooling Time: 1 hour
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

    Equipment

    • mason jars

    Ingredients 

    • 12 pickling cucumbers
    • 8 sprigs fresh dill
    • 3 cups water
    • 1 cup white vinegar
    • 12 finely minced cloves of garlic
    • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • ¼ cup sea salt

    Instructions

    • Slice your pickles to your desired slice and pack them into 4 16-ounce sterilized mason jars.
    • Place 2 sprigs of fresh dill into each jar alongside the cucumbers. Set aside.
    • In a large pot add the water, vinegar, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt and bring to a boil or until the salt is dissolved.
    • Evenly pour the brine liquid overtop of the cucumbers in the jar until they are completely covered.
    • Cool to room temperature, add a lid, label and date and store in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    • How to Store: Keep the lid on the jar and store in the refrigerator under 40° for 4-6 weeks.
     
    • How to Freeze: Pickles do not freeze well so we advise against it.
     
    • How to Seal: Once the brine has been poured over the top of the cucumbers you will immediately screw on the lid and place it into a pot of boiling water with a rack in it and boil for 10 minutes.
     
    • Simply cool it too room temperature and keep for up to 1 year. You will know it has sealed correctly if the lid on the jar will not move at all when pressing in the center of it.
     
    • If you can’t find any pickling cucumber varieties you can simply slice a regular or hothouse cucumber into spears or chips.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 5kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 119mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 29IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
    Course: condiment
    Cuisine: American, French