Dill Pickles

I have a thing for pickles.
I love them.
I grew up eating them. When we were little, my siblings and cousins would go over to my grandmother’s house and she would always have pickles stocked in the fridge. We’d eat them all and drink the pickle juice.
We called it “silly juice” because it made us laugh and giggle.
That was probably just a side-effect of six cousins all getting together, and not the pickle juice.
But I like to think it was the pickle juice.
So when I found this recipe for home-made dill pickles from Annie’s Eats, I knew I had to try it.
These pickles are crisp and have just the right flavor.
They are seriously good, even if you’re not a pickle addict.
Dill Pickles
Adapted From: Annie’s Eats
3 cups Water
6 tbsp. White vinegar
3 tbsp. Kosher salt
 Minced garlic
Fresh dill
Mini cucumbers
Stir together the water, vinegar and kosher salt until the salt is dissolved to make the brine.
Slice up your cucumbers.
And sprinkle a little dill in the bottom of a jar.
(I used this Freeze-Dried Dill, which uses the same proportions as fresh dill, because fresh herbs often go to waste in my house.)
Fill up the jar half-way with cucumber slices.
Sprinkle in some more dill, and fill up the rest of the jar with cucumber slices.
Then, add some minced garlic on top.
Pour the brine into the jar until the cucumber slices are completely submerged.
Put on the lid and refrigerate it for at least two days.
Can I just eat these right out of the jar?
Yes, I think I’m going to go do that right now…


  1. Perfect timing as I'm planning on doing some pickling this weekend!

  2. I am not from the States so I am not really used to eat cucumber pickles (I only eat those that come w/ Big Mac, to be honest and wonder if your pickles taste the same as that ones?). Though in Malaysia, we tend to make pickles from other fruits like mangoes and papaya and they seriously taste yummy. Thanks for the directions on how to make cucumber pickles. Perhaps I should give it a try!

  3. I love how easy this recipe sounds. I will have to finally put my hands of pickling things :)

  4. julialikesred says:

    Ha! I KNEW I wasn't the only one who drank pickle juice as a child (well, not only as a child, hehe). They look mucho deliciouso.

  5. Arena @ {thenerdswife} says:

    Shy – These are the same pickles you would find on a Big Mac, but *so* much better! I wonder how a pickled mango would taste…I've only ever had fresh mango!

    Julia – I may or may not still drink pickle juice occasionally…. wink*wink

  6. Christina Lee says:

    Wow! What an easy recipe! My parents are growing cucumbers this year in their garden so I'll have to get some from them and give this one a try!

  7. Carissa says:

    Saw this on foodgawker — I got real excited when I realized I had all of the ingredients to make pickles! My sister and I used to have pickle juice tea parties when we were kids. Glad to know we weren't the only ones :)

    Thank you for sharing! I can't wait to try them out in a few days!

  8. Kathy - Panini Happy says:

    That's all it takes? I guess I've got no excuse – I'm going to have to try making my own pickles! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  9. Mmm, I love pickles! Thanks for the easy recipe!

  10. jonalisa says:

    I made these on Saturday and tried one today (Monday). They are good, but more like a cucumber than a pickle. They seem rather weak compared to a jarred pickle; not acidic enough maybe. Will they get stronger the longer they sit? Very easy to make though.

  11. Arena @ {thenerdswife} says:

    Jonalisa –

    If you want a more vinegar-y flavor to your pickles, I would add some more vinegar to the brine. Personally, I like how these pickles are more crispy than traditional jarred pickles.

    Hope that helps! :)

  12. arcana128 says:

    my cucumbers gave me four jars with this recipe. I doctored one recipe with some crushed red pepper to see if I could get a little spicy version. We'll see how they turn out in two days.

  13. Alan Pinstein says:

    Thanks so much for this easy recipe! I was having trouble finding ways to use all the cucumbers from my garden and this was quick, easy, and delicious!


  14. samantha says:

    Can you can these pickles.

  15. I know this is an old post but I just came across it today. My Son had one large cucumber left from his plant and he is out of town so I wanted to preserve it for him. He loves pickles. I changed it up a bit and added less water and more vinegar. I
    had freeze dried dill so I used that. Also, I was a bit lazy and didn’t feel like mincing the garlic so I gave a few cloves a squish with the knife and threw them in (once the brine soaks in I will eat them whole). Thank you for the recipe! I’m not a big fan of canning, but this is super easy. Can’t wait to try them.


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