Quick and Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Refrigerator Dill Pickles
Sam Jones/Quinn Brein


8 lbs of 3- to 5-inch pickling cucumbers
2 gallons of water
1¼ cups canning or pickling salt
1½ quarts vinegar (5 percent or high)
¼ cup sugar
2 quarts water
2 tbsp whole mixed pickling spice (such as Pickling Crisp™ or Mrs Wages)
3 tbsp whole mustard seed (about 1 tsp to 2 tsp per pint jar)
14 heads of fresh dill (about 1½ heads per pint jar
) OR 
4½ tbsp dill seed (about 1½ tsp per pint jar)
Garlic clove, peeled – one per jar


  1. Wash cucumbers and cut 1/16-inch slice off blossom end and discard, but leave ¼-inch of stem attached.  
  2. Dissolve ¾ cup salt into 2 gallons of water. Pour over cucumbers and let stand 12 hours in the refrigerator. Drain and cut into halves or quarters.
  3. Combine 1 ½ qt vinegar, ½ cup salt, 1.4 cup sugar and 2 quarts water into a stainless-steel pot. Add mixed pickling spices tied in a clean white cheesecloth bag. Heat to boiling. 
  4. Fill pint jars with the cucumbers. Add 1 tsp mustard seed, 1½ heads fresh dill and garlic clove per pint.
  5. Cover with boiling pickling solution, leaving ½-inch headspace. If you run out of vinegar solution to fill up to headspace, make a ½ vinegar:½ water solution and using a microwave oven, microwave to boiling before using.
  6. Top each pint with a lid and screw bands to finger tight only. 

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7 to 9 pints

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crunchier pickles

Place a fresh grape leaf in the bottom of the jar before you fill it. The leaves contain tannins that inhibit a naturally occurring enzyme in cucumbers that cause them to soften - that makes for a better crunch. I do it every year, works like a charm!

Refigeration dill pickels

Do I use white vinegar or apple vinegar?

refrigerator dill pickles

Great Recipe!! To gauge how many cucumbers to cut I fill my dutch oven 3/4 full for the full gallon recipe.


Can you make these according to the recipe and then water bath can them?

canning refrigerator pickles

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Refrigerator pickles are made to be kept in the, well, refrigerator. As compared to a canning pickle recipe, there is a lower ratio of vinegar to water. However, if you are looking for a dill pickle recipe to can, may we suggest our Crunchy Dill Pickles?

Pickle Safety

I am new to pickling and canning. There are so many different recipes and methods and I am confused about which recipes are proven to be safe. Why are these pickles safe to use for one year if they are not processed in a boiling water bath?

how to store pickles

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They will keep in the refrigerator for a year. They have not been processed, so you can not keep them in dry storage.

more pickles

is there a recipe like this without using sugar ?

how to make dill pickles

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Hi, Steve. We do not have another refrigerator dill pickle recipe, but here is a dill pickle recipe you might enjoy that does not include sugar. Click here.

After they are cured in

After they are cured in refrigerator are they able to be placed in cold storage?

Hi, Amber. The pickles may be

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Hi, Amber. The pickles may be refrigerated for up to a year.

Oops, just reread the recipe

Oops, just reread the recipe and says can keep up to one year, disregard previous message. sorry....... Wondering tho, are these pickles crispy, can you add something to make them crisp?

For crisper pickles, put the

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For crisper pickles, put the vegetables (whole or sliced) into a wide bowl and spread a layer of pickling salt on top. Cover and let sit overnight in a cool place. Discard the liquid, then rinse and dry the vegetables before pickling or canning as usual. The salt helps to pull the moisture out of the vegetables and makes them crisper.

I have made some refrigerator

I have made some refrigerator pickles and kept them much longer than 6 weeks and they seems to be just fine. Why the 6 week limit on keeping them? Did not use the above recipe but a similar one. wondering???????

Has anyone ever made Freezer

Has anyone ever made Freezer Pickles? I was at a Salon about 15 years ago and a lady brought in the best darn pickles I have ever had. She said you make them in the Freezer! They were in a freezer bag not a jar. I would love to have this recipe.

Ive always wanted an herb

Ive always wanted an herb garden and i finally planted me a smalll one. I have basil, sage,dill, oregeno,thyme, and celery I like tomatos with fresh basil, butI would like to have more recipes or other ways to store my herbs. I want chivescand parsley but dont know if it is too late.

These sound just like the

These sound just like the ones my dear departed Mother used to make. I am going to make them and see if they taste the same because I lost her original recipe.

When I made these for my

When I made these for my church potluck, I used more garlic than called for in the recipe, which was popular, and I added some cloves, which was less popular. Live and learn, I guess!

This sounds great. I'm going

This sounds great. I'm going to try them today.