Refrigerator Dill Pickles

These pickles are delicious. Crisp, garlicy, flavorful, sour. Everything I want in a pickle. But the best thing is, they are a cinch to make. Let me show you how.
Vinegar and saltPlace 7 cups of water, 1 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup canning salt (or any salt without additives — if you use a salt with additives, the brine will be cloudy) in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

While the brine is heating, wash 4 lbs of pickling cucumbers and some fresh dill.

Grab a gallon sized jar or crock (it’s OK to repurpose one) or buy one here or here.

Place large handful of dill in the bottom of the jar. You want to cover the bottom with a nice thick layer.

Dill and garlic

Peel one clove of garlic (or more according to your taste) and cut into about 4 pieces. Add to jar on top of dill.

Pack them in!Cut the ends off of the cukes and tightly pack in the jar on top of dill and garlic. Use all your expert packing skills on this. Cram, wedge, shove to make them all fit. They will!
Pickling spice on topPour the now boiling vinegar mixture over top of the tightly packed cukes. Add 1/2 teaspoon pickling spice to the jar.
The wait begins Place a plate, saucer or another jar on top of the cukes in the jar to force them to stay down under the brine. Leave the jar at room temperature for 3 days. These 3 days may possibly be the hardest three days of your life. After your 72 hour waiting period, refrigerate or DIG IN!

You can also slice the cukes or cut them in spears. If you do, they will fit in a smaller jar. I fit 3.25lbs of cukes cut into spears in a 1/2 gallon jar.

If you are local to me and want to make pickles, hit me up for some pickling spice. It will take me 10 years to use up the amount I bought. I’d be happy to share.

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2 Responses to Refrigerator Dill Pickles

  1. Amy Eckert

    Thank you for this. I’m wondering how long you think these will last in the fridge?

    • Christina

      Yesterday we ate some that have been in the fridge for a year. They were delicious. I don’t know how long beyond that.

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