I found this recipe on the internet 3 years ago and make it every year. I also make it for friends.
Sterilize a 1-gallon glass jar and lid by immersing in boiling water for 10 minutes
Remove from water, and set aside
In a large enameled, glass or other non-reactive saucepan, combine 6 cups water, vinegar, sugar and salt
Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, and then simmer mixture while proceeding with recipe
Place a third of the dill in bottom of jar. Top with a third of the onion and garlic
Starting with smallest cucumbers, pack 1 layer horizontally over garlic
Place another layer crosswise over first
Add another third of the dill, followed by another third each of onion and garlic
Top with remaining dill, onion and garlic
Place jar in large plastic basin, and carefully pour in hot vinegar mixture into jar to fill it completely
Using long wooden skewer, gently nudge the pickles deep in the jar to dislodge any air bubbles
Add more brine, if necessary, and allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes and and top with mustard seed
If using metal lid, to prevent corrosion place large piece of wax paper over top of jar before fastening lid Allow mixture to cool to room temperature
Remove jar from basin, and wipe clean with damp sponge
Refrigerate jar for at least one week before eating
The pickles may be refrigerated for up to a year.
Notes: These pickles turn out very crunchy A 1-gallon jar doesn’t have to be used. They can be put in regular canning jars with dill, garlic, and onion added to each jar.