Dill Pickles


Year two of making my own dill pickles and entering them in the Downtown Akron Partnership Pickle Contest. Last year, I won second place in the dill pickle category. This year, I’m going for the gold, or is it the green? I’m sticking with the adapted recipe from Martha Stewart that I used last year. Have you made your own pickles? Which do you prefer, sweet or dill?

Here’s my post from last August:

A few weeks back we received quite the bounty of pickling cucumbers in our CSA share. About the same time, a co-worker was telling me about how she was making pickles from the cucumbers in her garden. She described a pretty simple method for making pickles that will keep for about a month in the refrigerator.

After doing a bit more research from my friend Martha’s website I came upon the recipe that I’d use for the pickling. The recipe takes about an evening to work through. There’s a bit of waiting between preparation steps. And then, the final great wait. One week in refrigerator before the first taste. I made it five days before I cracked open a jar and tasted the very best dill pickle.

I adjusted the original recipe just a bit. An addition of a tablespoon of mustard seed gave the final product just the right look. If you’ve never made you own pickles, I’d strongly recommend that you give these a try. They’re crisp, flavorful and perfect to eat just as a snack on their own or perched on top of a juicy grilled burger.

Dill-Pickle Chips adapted from Martha Stewart Living, August 2004

  • 2 pounds Kirby (pickling) cucumbers
  • 3 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dill seed
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 bunches fresh dill, coarsely chopped

Cut the cucumbers into 1/2-inch thick rounds, and transfer to a colander set in a bowl. Toss well with salt. Refrigerate cucumber rounds for 1 hour.

Rinse the cucumber rounds well; drain. Pat dry between paper towels. Transfer cucumber slices to a large bowl.

Bring 3 cups water, vinegar, dill seed, mustard seed and garlic to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring. Reduce heat; simmer 4 minutes. Let mixture cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

Add chopped dill to cucumber slices, and toss to combine. Pour in the brine. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes. Transfer mixture to airtight containers, and refrigerate at least 1 week. Pickles will keep for 3 weeks more. They won’t last that long. Ours were all gone in under 2 weeks.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. go mike go! Win win win! Good luck! They look so delicious! 🙂

  2. Domesticated Academic says:

    thanks for sharing! i made a boat load of fresh fridge dill pickles this year after a bumper crop of cukes from the garden!

  3. Becky says:

    These sound wonderful!

  4. ms.caryl says:

    Hi! Just letting you know I nominated you for the ‘Beautiful Blogger Award’ 🙂


  5. I have made some pickles but they are still curing so not sure how awesome the finished product is yet!

    1. I’m sure they’ll be great!

  6. NerdyBaker says:

    I need to do this! We are big pickle eaters here, there is no excuse for me not making any.

  7. rachturner says:

    My husband’s 93 year old grandmother has made dill pickles for decades! Thanks for the memory.

  8. Tammy says:

    Thanks! They look perfect and there are a lot of them!

  9. 2SistersAnytownUSA says:

    Gold medal all the way! We have a huge bowl that we have made dill pickles in. Our grandmother’s recipe is savory and includes using a lot of ice on the top of the pickles as the brine soaks in.

  10. These look great! We must be on the same wavelength…I just made pickles and am getting ready to post about them later this week.

    1. Hi Hannah! Love your blog. Can’t wait to read about your pickles.

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