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Best-Ever Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Learn how to make dill pickles with this super easy (and tasty) recipe.

Updated May 31, 2018
Best-Ever Refrigerator Dill Pickles
Best-Ever Refrigerator Dill Pickles
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Dill pickles are on trend right now, and it's easy to see why! There's something irresistible about biting into a crunchy, tangy pickle. Whether you're serving them alongside your sandwich, piling them on a juicy burger, or simply sneaking a spear straight from the jar, there's just no substitute for a great pickle. That's why we've decided to make a batch of our very own!

These refrigerator dill pickles are so easy to make that you'll wonder why you didn't try them sooner. You probably have a lot of the ingredients already at home, and all you have to do is blend them together and let good things happen. As kids, it always seemed like magic that cucumbers could be transformed into crunchy, sweet-and-sour pickles. As adults... well, it still seems pretty magical!

Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time15 min

Cooking MethodPreserving

Total Timea day or more

Ingredients

  • 10 pickling cucumbers, washed
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • big bunch of fresh dill
  • 1 head garlic, skins removed, cloves smashed (less if it is strong garlic)
  • 10 peppercorns

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Instructions

Editor's Note: Choose your cucumbers wisely! Look for ones that are uniform in size and are crunchy and firm, but not underripe. The farmers' market is a great place to buy cucumbers for pickling, because they won't have a wax coating, which cucumbers from the grocery store sometimes have.

  1. Make the brine. Add the water, vinegar, salt, and sugar to a medium sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Give it a stir to make sure that the sugar and salt dissolve. Remove it from the heat and let it come to room temperature.

  2. Slice cucumbers into 1/4 inch slices and place in glass jars. Do not pack super tightly, we will need room for the brine! Top with the fresh dill, smashed garlic, and peppercorns.

  3. Add enough brine to cover the cucumbers, herbs, and spices. Seal with an airtight lid and refrigerate for at least one week to let the flavors develop.

How long will refrigerator pickles keep? These will stay fresh in the fridge for 4-6 weeks!

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I saw a refrigerator pickle recipe very similar to this one years ago on TV. I tried them that week and was hooked! So much fresher tasting than the store - bought shelf pickles, and all natural to boot! No artificial colors or preservatives! They are amazing right out of the jar for snacking, and will take a sandwich or burger to a whole new level!

I'm not a big fan of cucumbers but I love pickles, especially fresh ones. I also like to pickle green beans and okra.

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