Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles take only a few minutes to make. Once you make your own homemade dill pickles, you’ll never buy store bought again.
Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles are seriously the best dill pickle you’ll ever enjoy! How is it that I am, ahem, let’s just say over 30-years-old and I’ve lived in Oregon (i.e. the state that pickles everything) for the past decade and a half, yet this was the first time I made my own homemade dill pickles? What on God’s green earth is wrong with me? Let’s just say that I officially feel like an Oregonian now.
Had I known how simple it was to make refrigerator dill pickles, I would have been doing it long ago. I mean, what’s not to love about a crunchy dill pickle from a fresh cucumber when you’re eating a loaded club sandwich or a stuffed burger.
I’ve always seen pickling cucumbers at the farmers market, but I’ve been afraid to make my own refrigerator dill pickles. I didn’t attempt to can anything until a couple years ago when I started to can peaches as well as vanilla bean applesauce. Turns out its not so hard after all. I mean, I’m a highly functional successful career woman with an engineering degree… why was I scared to put food in a jar and save it for a rainy day? Well, the thought of giving my family food poisoning was the main deterrent. Have no fear – these are refrigerator pickles which means that you just put everything in a jar, refrigerate, and wait. No canning. No sealing. Easy.
My first experience with dill pickles like these came a couple years ago when I traded some of my canned peaches for refrigerator dill pickles and freshly foraged chanterelle mushrooms with a friend. That was a win-win trade for sure, but I wanted to have a go at it on my own.
How to make dill pickles:
- All you have to do is heat the brine so that your salt and sugar dissolve.
- Then you pour it over your freshly cut cucumbers which are nestled nicely in a jar with garlic, dill, and peppercorns.
- You were waiting for some catch, right? Like I lure you in with the word easy but then when you read the recipe you’re all like “What is she talking about? That’s not easy.” I wouldn’t steer you wrong, my friends. This is easy. Stick them in the refrigerator for a week and voila – they’re ready!
How long can you keep refrigerator pickles?
- The salt and vinegar keeps them safe for a while at room temperature, but they will likely go bad before you finish eating the whole jar unless you refrigerate them
- I recommend storing these refrigerator dill pickles no longer than two months in the refrigerator
- Be sure to always use a clean utensil to pull them out as you do not want to contaminate the liquid from dirty hand germs
- If you eat all the pickles, you can definitely reuse the brine and add more fresh cucumbers
Kitchen tools used to make these refrigerator dill pickles:
Mason jars – Not much to say about this kitchen staple other than they belong in everyone’s kitchen. You’ll never find me without at least two dozen at the ready!
Flexible Measuring Cups – My sister and I first found these at a cooking class and we thought they were just the best invention. Any time you are measuring and/or pouring liquid, these are simply the best to have on hand. They make a great gift for your favorite cook, too!
Mandoline – This is the best one I’ve ever used. Perfect for fast and accurate slicing! When I photographed this post, I used a hand slicer, but when I’ve made my refrigerator dill pickle recipe other times, I always break out the mandoline.
Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles take only a few minutes to make. Once you make your own homemade dill pickles, you'll never buy store bought again.
- 10-12 pickling cucumbers
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- big bunch of dill
- 1 head of garlic, skins removed, cloves smashed (less if its a strong garlic)
- 10 peppercorn kernals
- Slice cucumbers into 1/4 inch slices or spears. Set aside
- To make brine, combine water, vinegar, salt, and sugar in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and swirl to make sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
- Add cucumbers to jars. Do not pack them super tight as you you'll want room for the brine. Add the fresh dill, smashed garlic, and peppercorns to the jars. Finish by adding enough brine to cover the cucumbers. Seal with an airtight lid and store in the refrigerator for at least one week. Pickles should be good for at least 4-6 weeks after that.
- This recipe made enough for me to one pint and fill two quart jars.