How To Make Refrigerator Dill Pickles

See how to make refrigerator dill pickles. No canning or special equipment required! It's simple, easy, and surprisingly delicious!

Ingredients:
3-1/2 cups water
1-1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon canning salt (NOT table salt)
1 tablespoon sugar
cucumbers, unpeeled, sliced into disks (about 4 cups)
2 cloves garlic (whole)
2 heads fresh dill

Instructions:
Boil the water, vinegar, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Cool. Add cucumbers, garlic, and dill in a plastic or glass bowl (not metal!). Cover with the cooled liquid. Put in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. The pickles should be good for 6 weeks. Enjoy!

 

Comments

we canned several cases of

By billy sellers

we canned several cases of dill pickles last year made a brine of water vinagar pickling salt let come to a boil,put dill weed,garlic,and pepper in jars let brine come to a boil and poured over cukes in jar and sealed when we got ready to eat them they was soft and mushey had to throw away dont know what we done wrong but a lot of work down the drain can you tell me what made them soft instead of crispy thank you any advice would be nice ,we are going to try again this year

Mr. Sellers you need to use a

By A.L. CLYBURN

Mr. Sellers you need to use a product called PICKLING LIME if you want to can your pickles. I started using it back when I was 12 years old so it's easy to do.
Once your pickle slices have done their time in the lime water, you should be able to make them up with whatever flavoring you want.
I hope this helps you.
:)

Here are some tips for crisp

By Almanac Staff

Here are some tips for crisp pickles:
It is very important to use fresh, just-picked vegetables. Overripe cucumbers make mushy pickles.
You will need to cut the ends off as the blossoms cause softness.
For crisp pickles, they must be processed in water temperature that remains above 180° during the entire processing time but also below 185° or the pectin breaks down (which softens the pickle).
 

I am horribly allergic to

By Cinnamon Stewart

I am horribly allergic to corn and cannot use white vinegar or eat cucumbers with the peel still on it because of the corn-based wax on them. Can I use cider vinegar and peel the cukes?

Yes, you can use cider

By Almanac Staff

Yes, you can use cider vinegar or another vinegar. Just make sure that whatever kind you use is at least 5% acidity. Note that it may change the color of the pickles.
Also, if you need to peel the cucumbers, that is fine.

Its November and I can't find

By Karyn the baron

Its November and I can't find fresh or frozen dill anywhere can I use dill seed and if so should I crush it or use it whole?

Yes, this works. Use 3 heads

By Almanac Staff

Yes, this works. Use 3 heads of fresh dill or 1 to 2 tablespoons dill seed (whole).

My jars are too tall for the

By Doris Ford

My jars are too tall for the water bath, and I don't have a taller pan. Can I lay them down in the water bath?

I can't find any fresh dill

By marjean

I can't find any fresh dill heads. I bought freeze dried dill. How much do I need to put in each jar using the recipe above? I am using pint jars.

You put the dill into the

By Almanac Staff

You put the dill into the bowl with the cucumbers and garlic. Add about 1/4 cup dill and then add the cooled liquid.

I would be careful what type

By Markjw

I would be careful what type of pot you cook the acids in. Anodized aluminum, like in the video is OK, as long as the hard anodized finish is intact.

can I use iodized sea salt?

By BRENDAr

can I use iodized sea salt?

You need to use a salt with

By Almanac Staff

You need to use a salt with no additives, Also when substituting pickling salt with a different salt you may need to adjust the amount you are using.

My neighbor said we can

By Carole Waller

My neighbor said we can preserve sweet pickles in the freezer. Will this work, and will they preserve successfully and taste good when thawed?

Yes, you can freeze these

By Almanac Staff

Yes, you can freeze these pickles. Make sure to leave 1 inch of head room in the container or jar.

How long before you can eat

By marsha598

How long before you can eat them?

You can eat the fridge

By Almanac Staff

You can eat the fridge pickles in 3 or 4 days.

2 questions... #1) what is a

By Benita

2 questions... #1) what is a head of dill? 2) What kind of cucumbers?( I see recipes that say pickling cucumbers and some just cucumbers) Does it matter which? If so, what do I look for when purchasing my cucumbers plants. Thanks... New to this and want to do it correctly.

A head of dill is the flower

By Almanac Staff

A head of dill is the flower gone to seed, so instead of just the foliage you will also see flowers. If you can't find dill in this form, it is ok to use just the foliage.
It is better to use pickling cucumbers because the skin is thinner than regular salad cucumbers. The most important part is to use fresh, crisp cucumbers.

Where do I get canning salt?

By huon46

Where do I get canning salt? Thanks

Walmart, most grocery stores

By Becky Krech

Walmart, most grocery stores sell canning salt

You can get canning salt

By La June Moreland

You can get canning salt online or most stores that stock canning supplies have it right next to jars etc.

Any supermarket that carries

By Almanac Staff

Any supermarket that carries pickling supplies/jars should carry canning (or pickling) salt. It may be seasonal. You could also substitute with kosher salt. (Kosher salt is not as dense as pickling salt so you'll need to use more.)

Any Refrigerator recipes for

By Julie Ruff

Any Refrigerator recipes for sweet pickles?

Yes! Here are two "sweet"

By Almanac Staff

Yes! Here are two "sweet" recipes:

http://www.almanac.com/blog/cooking-blog/easiest-pickles-ever

http://www.almanac.com/blog/cooking-blog/then-out-pickle

Did you ever go to the

By Valerie Reed and Dan Baumgardner

Did you ever go to the neighborhood corner store and get a pickle from a large barrel? One time in Tacoma Wa even the Nalley Valley smell of pickles in extra large wooden barrel was main attraction

Puyallup Fair the local

By Valerie Reed and Dan Baumgardner

Puyallup Fair the local display they childern's canning abilities and are jugded by large ribbons 4-H cucumber picking season and other hobbies
like quilting, lace making..."DO THE PUALLUP"

how do I save the

By Paulathecook

how do I save the refrigerator dill pickle recipe to my recipe box?

I would like a recipe for the

By paco12348

I would like a recipe for the Refrigerator Pickles like Clauson's one buys in the store.

We can't vouch for it, but we

By Almanac Staff

We can't vouch for it, but we found this recipe using a search engine: http://www.food.com/recipe/claussen-kosher-pickle-copycat-249520

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