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Dill Pickles


Dill Pickles

Homemade Pickles.

© 2010 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.
If you're like me and you enjoy cooking processes that take a bit of time, you'll love this recipe for delicious homemade dill pickles. It's a relaxing, simple activity and it's something fun that you can even do with kids!

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 10 cups water
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup coarse salt
  • 24-30 pickling cucumbers, scrubbed and sliced into spears
  • 3 ½ cups white distilled vinegar
  • 1 T. red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 t. dill seed
  • 1 bunch fresh dill


1.In a large bowl or pot, combined the water, sugar, salt, cucumbers, vinegar, red pepper flakes, garlic, and dill seed, mixing well. Let stand at room temperature for 2-3 hours, or until the sugar and salt has completely dissolved.

2.Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cucumber spears to mason jars, placing as many spears in each jar as fits. Add the fresh dill to the brine mixture, mixing to distribute. Ladel the liquid into the jars over the cucumber spears to cover. Seal the jars with lids and refrigerate for 8-10 days before eating. Homemade dill pickles will keep in the refrierator for 1 month. (Note if pickles become soft or smell overly sour, they have gone bad and should be thrown away.)

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