My family loves pickles. From my oldest granddaughter all the way up to her grandpa.  Are they picky about their pickles? Why, yes they are!  Not just any old pickle will do. So, I was a bit nervous when I decided to take on the role of Pickle Chef and make pickles from the cucumbers in my garden. Since I didn’t have all the equipment to actually process them with a heat bath, I decided to make the refrigerator kind.

I purchased an entire case of quart canning jars from Walmart, I noticed (afterwards) that some places actually sell them individually. However, since these pickles won’t be canned (put under heat and pressure), any jar that you have in your cabinet should work.  Like old jars from pickles you bought at the store!  Make sure to thoroughly wash any jar that you use, including the new ones you just bought.

The ingredients:

  •       3 ½ cups of water
  •       1 ¼ cups white vinegar
  •       1 Tablespoon regular sugar
  •       1 Tablespoon regular salt
  •       4 cups cucumbers (cut into spears or slice
  •       2 cloves of garlic (whole, but pealed)
  •       Fresh dill (4 or 5 sprigs or individual stalks)


In a sauce pan stir together water, vinegar, salt and sugar.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and let it cool down completely.

Meanwhile, fill your jar with cucumber spears, dill and garlic.

Pour cooled vinegar mixture over cucumbers in the jar.  Put on lid and refrigerate for at least 3 days.  *adapted from a recipe found on

Tips and Hints:

  • Fresh dill seems delicate and turns bad quickly.  I suggest you use it the same day you buy it.  Gently rinse it when you get it home and let it drain.
  • The original recipe called for 2 heads of dill, this confused me. Since the dill divides naturally into individual stalks (sprigs) I translated it into that measurement.  I added dill on the top and to the bottom of the jar.
  • If you are impatient and want your vinegar water to cool faster, stick it in the refrigerator.
  • I let my prepared pickles set in the frig for a week before we tried them.
  • If you want a little kick then add a sliced jalapeno pepper or dried red chile pepper to the jar.

The result:  Everyone liked them, from the granddaughter to the grandfather and everyone in-between.  I even gave a jar away to friends. That’s confidence!