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Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles


Easy Dill Pickles

Are you a fan of dill pickles? These easy dill and garlic refrigerator pickles are so crisp and full of flavor – I promise if you make them, you’ll never want to buy a jar at the store again! Enjoy these pickles with a sandwich, in salads, on top of hamburgers, or by themselves as they make a super healthy and easy homemade snack! And for all you gardeners, this is a great way to use up extra cucumbers!

Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles

(Adapted via Allrecipes.com)

1 1/4 cups white vinegar
3 and 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 cloves of garlic
2 heads of dill
4 cups cucumbers (= about 3-4 average sized cucumbers)

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Cut cucumbers in spears or slices (I did some of both). Combine water, salt, sugar, and vinegar in a saucepan and bring to a boil on the stove. After it starts boiling, remove from heat and let cool completely. Place cucumbers, dill, and garlic in one large glass jar or several small jars as shown (pack them in as much as you can without crushing the cucumbers). Pour cooled liquid in jars and seal and refrigerate for 3 days. They should last about a month in the fridge.

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I really love this simple pickle recipe! It’s the perfect amount of sugar to salt. And the difference between these pickles and a store bought version is HUGE –  these are crispy, crunchy, and full of flavor! Try them and you won’t be disappointed! 🙂

[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.[/h2s_box]

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Comments 57

  1. Suzy

    Do they taste really good? I saw them make them on The Duggars 19 kids and counting and wanted to try them out !

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! I’m obsessed and may have eaten one jar by myself lol.

    • Kayla

      I wondered the same thing, I also saw them on 19 Kids and Counting!

  2. Em

    😉 We bought a house when I was 20, and had just open and closed a bank account within one year (small local bank and then I moved out of that town). It kept me from qualifying- that was the one thing! I was ticked, luckily my husband was able to qualify by himself.

    • Em

      They deleted the comments this was in reply too for some reason but approved this comment. So, ignore it!

  3. Suzy

    I am going to try them !

  4. Suzy

    Where did you get the big jars? I have small and med mason jars yet not large?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ya mine were medium and one wider. Thrift store on the wide one. You can use several jars that you already have instead of a big one.

  5. Angela

    How do you think these would be with fresh green beans??

    • Cindy

      Dilly beans are awesome!

  6. Jenn

    What would be the best ingredient to make hot pickles? I am going to make these tomorrow! Thanks!

    • rob

      I tried several dif recipes last year ( my first attempt from garden- mildly successful lol) but prob adding some crushed red pepper flakes should kick it up. I was only pleased with half of what I made but it’s trial & error depending on your preference. HTH

      • Jenn

        Thanks!!! I love crushed red pepper flakes!

    • Bella

      Green chili pappers.

    • tina

      I put jalepeno’s in the ones I make for my hubby and mild yellow peppers in the rest.

  7. mel

    TY for the easy recipe! We’ve been growing cukes for a few years now, but I’ve never tried pickling!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I had lots of cucumbers last summer and didn’t pickle because I thought it would take a ton of time, not this recipe! Easy and yum.

  8. Janel

    Are they sweet tasting? I love doll pickles but hate sweet pickles

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No, I’m not a fan of sweet pickles as well.

      • Janel

        Thank you!

  9. Nicole

    Fresh green beans would be tasty, Angela, but I imagine the liquid wouldn’t soak through quite as much. Maybe snip the ends, if you didn’t already plan to do so?

    Could somebody please clarify how much a “head of dill” is?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      My store had fresh dill in small bundles, and I used two of them. Sorry if that’s not terribly helpful.

  10. Kim

    What kind of cucumbers work best?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I’ve only tried this with the Garden variety. thanks!

  11. Jane

    Actually the dill “heads” are the top yellow part that go to seed. It is the part that looks like a flower, similar to Queen Anne’s Lace. I think the green part which is shown here is the dill “weed”. It is all the same basic flavor, just that the heads have a stronger more concentrated flavor. I grow dill in my garden every year, yet I have never been happy w/ the pickles I make. The only ones I like are the marinated peeled, thinly sliced ones that are very sweet and you put in thinly sliced onions with them. They would be more of a bread and butter recipe.

  12. Suzanne

    Do these have to be refrigerated after you make them or can they sit in the pantry for awhile?

    • Melissa

      I would assume they are called refrigerator pickles for a reason.

    • Karen

      These have not been processed in a hot waterbath, therefore, you will need to keep them in the fridge so they don’t spoil. I wouldn’t make a lot at a time as the recipe says they only keep for about a month.

  13. Louise

    I can’t wait to try this recipe…never had luck making pickles! Do you crush the garlic…if not, do you think it’d be ok to? I love garlic and would like to add more…maybe?? Lina, what do you think?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! I love garlic too! Try it.. 🙂 I just chopped and left larger pieces, but I’m sure crushed or minced would work. Thanks!

  14. Jenny

    Fun summer project for me and my girl!!

  15. Jean

    Thanks for your recipes, Lina. I know there are special recipe sites, but Hip2save is the only site i visit regularly.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Jean!

  16. Scheck

    Can you do the same to asparagus?

    • Tammy

      Great question! I’d love to know too.

  17. Sue

    I will have to try this recipe. It seems really simple (something easy for me to do) Thanks, Sue

  18. sarah

    Somebody remind me when I got some cucumbers ready n the garden :p

  19. Katie

    Thank you so much, my little guy has been asking me to make pickes and I was clueless as to how to make them. Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome, Enjoy!

  20. Suzanne

    Lina, love your recipes, food styling and photos!! Do you think I could use dry dill (the kind in a spice jar). I have lots in my pantry and woud love to use it. If you have an idea of fresh to dried, I’d appreciate your thoughts 🙂

  21. Tatyana

    Hi Lina,
    I need some help with kid’s birthday party menus. Pizza and hotdogs are good, but I would like to serve something different. Do you, or readers, have any ideas to share?
    Thank you

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Costco has a large tray of yummy croissant ham and turkey sandwiches and I have cut those in half or thirds before for kids, pretty popular. You could also make your own. I did a Mexican food theme party once and just made trays of bean and cheese tostadas and the kids all ate those..easy meal. Plus serve cut up fruit and a veggie tray. Also, we did a post on mini corn dog muffins. Those are great for parties. Hope that helps!

  22. jennifer

    Yum, these look so pretty in the jars! I just had a birthday party and my kids loved mini pretzels with chocolate chip dip. 8oz cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter, 3/4 cup confectioners sugar, 2 tbsp of brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup of miniature choc chips. Beat cream cheese and butter til smooth, add in the sugars til smooth, then add choc chips. Miniature chips are best! And no this is not healthy but there is never any left overs. A slightly healthier version of this is buy a bowl of cool whip whipped frosting with miniature choc chips added in.

  23. Tatyana

    Thank you, Lina and Jennifer!

  24. Kathy

    Can these be water bathed to make them shelf stable & If so what would the timing be for water bathing?

  25. epawelek

    Just put a jar of these in the fridge! I hope they turn out yummy! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  26. Pat

    I’ve been making these for year’s and the only thing I add is 1 teaspoon of Alum to make them extra crispy. Add it into the vinegar/water bath mixture.

  27. LovinMyCoupons

    I am trying these today! sooo excited.

  28. Lindsay

    Would love to try this recipe! However, I have so many cucumbers in my garden this year that they wouldn’t last using just the refrigerator recipe. Would it be ok to use the same recipe to can?

  29. Bernice

    Could you use dried dill in place of fresh?

  30. Crystal

    LOVE this pickle recipe. I have made it a few times and halve the sugar amount to keep the pickles sour. I also add more cloves of garlic… maybe 5 cloves instead of 2. I have loved pickles all my life and these are some of the best!

  31. Laura

    can you use plastic containers or does it have to be glass? i didn’t know if the plastic comromised the taste

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No you can use what you have! Thanks

  32. Laurie tobin

    Can you reuse the liquid and add more cucumbers?

  33. Kim

    Do you think it would be possible to freeze them? I have more cucumbers than I know what to do with and we would never be able to eat all of them within a month.

  34. Paula K

    I still have dill in my raised garden but it is Brown. Can I use it anyway?

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