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🥒 Simple Beginner's Pickle Recipe 🥒

Learn how to make a simple beginner's pickle recipe with fresh cucumbers, white vinegar, water, pickling salt, garlic, dill seed, and black peppercorns. Follow our step-by-step instructions!

Simple Beginner's Pickle Recipe

You will need:

  • fresh cucumbers1 pound fresh cucumbers
  • white vinegar2 cups white vinegar
  • water2 cups water
  • pickling salt2 tablespoons pickling salt
  • garlic cloves4 cloves garlic
  • dill seed2 teaspoons dill seed
  • black peppercorns1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • quart-sized jar with lid1 quart-sized jar with lid


  1. First, thoroughly wash your cucumbers to remove any dirt or impurities. Then, cut them lengthwise into spears. Make sure they're small enough to fit into your jar but large enough to retain a satisfying crunch.
  2. Next, combine your vinegar, water, and pickling salt in a pot. Stir it occasionally to ensure the salt dissolves completely. Bring this mixture to a boil.
  3. While waiting for your vinegar mixture to boil, you can start preparing your jar. Place your garlic cloves, dill seed, and black peppercorns at the bottom. These will infuse your pickles with flavor.
  4. Now, pack your cucumber spears into the jar. Do this tightly, but be careful not to crush or break the spears.
  5. Once your vinegar mixture is boiling, carefully pour it into your jar, over the cucumbers. Leave about a half-inch of headspace at the top. This allows for proper sealing and prevents the jar from breaking due to pressure.
  6. Finally, seal your jar tightly. Let it cool down to room temperature before placing it in the refrigerator. Your pickles will be ready to enjoy after about a week, but the longer they sit, the more flavorful they'll become.


Remember, cleanliness is key in pickling to avoid any bacterial growth. Also, the pickles will become more flavorful the longer they sit. So, if you can, try to wait a few weeks before digging in.

Embrace the art of pickling with our Simple Beginner's Pickle Recipe. This easy-to-follow guide will help you transform fresh cucumbers into a tangy, crunchy delight. Whether you're a seasoned pickler or a novice, this recipe is the perfect starting point to explore the world of pickling.

One of the key elements of this recipe is the use of fresh cucumbers. The freshness of the cucumbers can significantly influence the crunchiness of your pickles. If you're lucky enough to have a garden, you might want to check out our article on pickling vegetables from your garden.

Another crucial ingredient in this recipe is pickling salt. Unlike table salt, pickling salt does not contain anti-caking agents or iodine, which can darken pickles and make the brine cloudy. If you're interested in learning more about the role of salt in pickling, our pickling techniques and tips article provides a wealth of information.

While this recipe is simple and straightforward, don't be afraid to get creative. Adding different spices or trying out different types of vinegar can result in a unique flavor profile. If you're feeling adventurous, you might want to explore our collection of interesting pickle recipes.

Remember, patience is key when it comes to pickling. The longer your pickles sit, the more flavorful they become. So, resist the urge to dig in right away. If you're curious about how the pickling process works, our article on how easy it is to make homemade pickles offers a detailed explanation.

Happy pickling!