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Make Your Own Dill Pickles

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This is a recipe that I adapted out of necessity, because my youngest child practically lives on peanut butter and dill pickles sandwiches. Hey.. don’t knock it if ya haven’t tried it.”

These are by far the easiest pickles to make and this is the perfect homemade pickle recipe for someone who has never canned anything before.


Prepare your cukes, you’ll need 8lbs of 4″ – 6″ pickling cukes (aka, cucumbers, that’s a Yankee term!) cut length-wise into 4 spears.

Combine the Following into a Spice Bag & Set aside:

3 Tbs. Mixed Pickling Spices
Combine the following in a Lg Saucepot over medium heat:

* 3/4 c. Sugar
* 1/2 c. Canning Salt
* 1 qt. Vinegar
* 1 qt. water
* Spice bag

Bring mix to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes

While it’s simmering pack your cut cukes into clean sterilized jars.


Ladle Pickle Juice over spears into prepared jars, leaving 1/4 in headspace. Remove air bubbles.

* Place 1 head of fresh dill in each jar

Adjust two-piece caps, Process 15 minutes in a boiling water bath (pts or qts)

Liss Notes:
This is about the easiest pickle there is to make. Let them set 5 days for best flavor.

Variation– To Make Kosher-Style Pickles add 1 bay leaf, 1 clove garlic, 1 hot red pepper- seeded, 1/2 tsp mustard seed to each jar

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7 thoughts on “Make Your Own Dill Pickles”

  1. this sounds delicious. i was wondering, however, do you, or anyone else, have a recipe for making sweet pickles or sweet and spicy pickles? thanks


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