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🥒 Classic Dill Pickles Recipe

Learn how to make delicious classic dill pickles with this easy recipe from Just Pickling. Pickling cucumbers, garlic cloves, fresh dill, pickling salt, white vinegar, and water are all you need to create these flavorful pickles. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Classic Dill Pickles

You will need:

  • pickling cucumbersPickling cucumbers
  • garlic clovesGarlic cloves
  • fresh dillFresh dill
  • pickling saltPickling salt
  • white vinegarWhite vinegar
  • waterWater
  • pickling jarsPickling jars


  1. First, thoroughly wash the pickling cucumbers and the jars you'll be using. This ensures that no bacteria interferes with the pickling process.
  2. Next, peel and slice the garlic cloves. The garlic adds a nice flavor to the pickles, and slicing it helps release that flavor.
  3. Now, pack the cucumbers, sliced garlic, and fresh dill into the jars. Try to pack them in as tightly as possible to maximize the amount of cucumbers in each jar.
  4. In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, and pickling salt and bring it to a boil. This mixture is your brine, which will give the pickles their characteristic tangy flavor.
  5. Carefully pour the hot brine over the cucumbers in the jars, making sure to cover all the cucumbers. Be sure to leave a bit of space at the top of each jar.
  6. Finally, seal the jars tightly and let them cool at room temperature. Once they're cool, refrigerate them. The pickles will be ready to eat in about a week, but the longer they sit, the more flavorful they'll become.


Remember, the longer the pickles sit in the brine, the more flavorful they will become. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Embark on a culinary adventure with our Classic Dill Pickles recipe. This timeless favorite is a testament to the art of pickling, combining the crispness of cucumbers with the tangy zest of dill and garlic. Whether you're a seasoned pickler or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe offers a simple yet satisfying experience.

As you gather your ingredients, take a moment to appreciate the simplicity and freshness of each one. The pickling cucumbers, the star of the show, are ripe for transformation. Garlic cloves add a hint of pungency, while fresh dill brings a refreshing aroma. The pickling salt and white vinegar work together to create the brine, the magical potion that will turn your cucumbers into delicious dill pickles.

As you follow the steps, you'll find yourself immersed in the process. The act of cleaning the cucumbers and jars, peeling and slicing the garlic, packing the jars, and preparing the brine is a meditative experience. And when you pour the hot brine over the cucumbers, you're not just making pickles - you're creating a culinary masterpiece.

While you wait for the pickles to cool and absorb the flavors, why not explore other pickling adventures? Our site offers a variety of easy and delicious pickling recipes to try. If you're feeling adventurous, you could even try your hand at pickled mixed vegetables. Or, if you're looking for a bit of a kick, check out our recipe for homemade spicy dill pickles.

Remember, the beauty of pickling lies in patience. The longer the pickles sit in the brine, the more flavorful they become. So, let your Classic Dill Pickles rest in the refrigerator for a while. When you finally open the jar and take a bite, you'll find that the wait was well worth it.

Happy pickling!