Homemade Dill Pickles

Here’s a fun fact for my readers out there… my first baby word (besides Mama and Dada) was pickle.  No joke!  What’s even more amazing is that my sister’s first “word” was Tom Brokaw, Roger Mudd.  Apparently, since I was not even conceptualized yet, my grandmother was sitting on the couch with my sister watching the nightly news and my sister busted out two of the news anchors’ names.  Ok, so pickle isn’t that great compared to my sister’s first 4 words, but it’s pretty cool right?  Anyways, I do love pickles and depending on what mood I’m in, will go for either dill spears, bread and butter chips, or baby gherkins.  After our trip to the farmer’s market last weekend, you may recall that the hubs and I did not end up buying the cheese bread, but bought some goat cheese and some pickle cucumbers instead.  I decided I was going to make some dill pickles.  It was my first time making pickles, so I looked at quite a few different recipes to get an idea of what I wanted.  I definitely love onions and garlic, so I knew I wanted to add some of those babies to the mix.  I also found some pickling spice at the grocery store which saved me time and money from having to buy all those spices separately.

What about you… do you like pickles?  If so, what kinds?  Have you ever made your own before?  Enjoy!


  • 3 quart-sized mason jars and lids
  • 8-10 pickle cucumbers (depending on the size)
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced thinly in rings
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp pickling spice
  • 2 tsp dill seeds


  1. Boil mason jars and lids in water and allow to air dry.
  2. Clean and cut cucumbers into quarters and divide between mason jars.
  3. Scatter onion rings and garlic over cucumbers.
  4. In a large stock pot, combine water, vinegar, salt, sugar, pickling spice, and dill seed and bring to a boil.  Turn heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and fill each mason jar with vinegar mixture.
  5. Allow jars to cool for 15 minutes before placing tops on and sealing.
  6. If refrigerating, allow jars to cool completely before placing in refrigerator.  If canning jars for future use, boil jars in a hot water bath for at least 20 minutes until the top of the seal is pressed down securely.  Allow jars to cool completely before storing in a dark, cool place.



Filed under Misc., Side Dishes

17 responses to “Homemade Dill Pickles

  1. Wow Kara these look AWESOME!!! I love pickles – also love that that was your first word! haha.

  2. Mom Kenyon

    These pickles look amazing Kar!! I made some pickles too the other day, bread and butter. The recipe called for a tsp. of ginger. I just tried them and don’t like the hint of ginger in them. I put cinnamon in some of the other jars so I’m sure they’ll taste better. Can’t wait to try yours.

  3. I’m not a pickle fan at all, although I do enjoy one of my mom’s homemade pickles. My family loves dill pickles, though, and I can’t stand the smell!

  4. Nina

    HI Kara,
    Pickles are such a great snack to munch on. I actually had some for lunch today with my tuna. By the way the bread you made the other day looked so incredibly mouth watering and I didn’t get a chance to comment on it. So i’m doing it now. Your hubby is one lucky guy. Enjoy your weekend.

  5. I don’t like pickles, I have tried many kinds, and I just can’t do it! Your look wonderful though!

  6. Tom Brokaw? WOW! That’s hard to say for a little toddler! She must be smart. :)))

    I like pickles, but only make them once or twice a year, and I don’t dress them up like you did… I’ll try that! It looks prettier. 🙂

  7. THank you for the nudge in the right direction – I have never pickled – but really have to – your’s look amazing !

  8. gingerbreadbagels

    I am a huge pickle addict! Your homemade pickles look soooo good. I really need to make my own. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. I love pickles too…especially homemade! LOL on a first word hahaa..great job on these..I just want one bite :)))

  10. I am going to need to try this asap; I have a pickle addiction!

  11. That’s so funny one of your first words was pickle!! I make Japanese pickles at home but I do like American pickles too! My 5 yr old son always ask for my pickle after finishing his. He loves it. I’m keeping the recipe to try!

  12. Amy

    I love dill pickles, but home made are even better than the ones I lazily buy at the store! I must try making some, thanks for sharing :)!

  13. BringMeTheGabagoule

    i’m sure these are amazing, but your timing is all off! are cucumbers even in season yet? c’mon!

  14. I love pickles. OMG how incredible. I’ve never thought to make my own!

  15. One of my goals this year is to start canning. At the top of the list is dill pickles. My husband and I love them so why not make them. Thanks for the recipe!

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