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The Best Ever Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Bright, fresh, garlicky, tangy, and full of that classic dill pickle flavor, these refrigerator dill pickles won’t disappoint! You’ll never go back to store-bought again!

Bright, fresh, garlicky, tangy, and full of that classic dill pickle flavor, these refrigerator dill pickles won't disappoint! You'll never go back to store-bought again!

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Bright, fresh, garlicky, tangy, and full of that classic dill pickle flavor, these refrigerator dill pickles won't disappoint! You'll never go back to store-bought again!

Okay, I don’t say Best Ever lightly. But I can’t stop eating these pickles. 

Seriously. I made one jar of them a week ago and they were SO GOOD I went straight back to the farmer’s market and got enough for half a dozen more jars.

You know, to last me the week until the next farmer’s market.

In a hurry? Jump to the recipe! 

Bright, fresh, garlicky, tangy, and full of that classic dill pickle flavor, these refrigerator dill pickles won't disappoint! You'll never go back to store-bought again!

Even though I was all about the refrigerator pickled okra last summer, I had never made dill pickles before.

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But this year I planted some pickling cucumbers in my garden and I figured I should try making pickles with some farmer’s market cucumbers before I have cucumbers from my own garden.

Since I don’t usually have a huge yield in my garden, I’m very stingy with my home-grown produce and always want to do the Best Thing Ever with whatever I grow. So a dill pickle trial run was in order.

For some reason I was skeptical that they would actually taste like dill pickles. To me, fresh dill doesn’t smell or taste like dill pickles, so I didn’t think homemade ones would stack up to what I was used to. 

They stacked up and far surpassed!

I brought the rest of the jar to work and passed them out to my coworkers like candy. One of them went straight to the farmer’s market and got her own cucumbers to pickle. 

Bright, fresh, garlicky, tangy, and full of that classic dill pickle flavor, these refrigerator dill pickles won't disappoint! You'll never go back to store-bought again!

Why these refrigerator dill pickles live up to the name Best Ever

  • They’re fresh, crunchy, tangy, garlicky, and full of that dill pickle flavor — even after only a day in the fridge. 
  • They are SO STINKIN’ EASY to make. You just throw a few ingredients in a pot, bring to a simmer, cool, and pour over your cucumbers in a jar. These are refrigerator pickles, so there are no canning baths and whatnot to worry about.
  • You can make half a dozen jars of pickles in hardly more time than the time it takes to make one jar. And trust me, you’ll want to. The only real additional time is extra time spent peeling garlic and cutting your cukes. 
  • When you price it out, they are way cheaper than storebought pickles — almost half the price — especially if you’re getting cucumbers in season from a farmer’s market. More on that in a minute.

Definitely worthy of using my own precious homegrowns, if I end up with any!

Bright, fresh, garlicky, tangy, and full of that classic dill pickle flavor, these refrigerator dill pickles won't disappoint! You'll never go back to store-bought again!

More on cost

I spent about $7 at the farmer’s market on enough cucumbers for 6 jars of pickles (18). I did shop around and avoided the one vendor selling pickling cucumbers 3 for $2.25 since the other two were selling them for $1.50 a pound and 2 for a dollar.

Add maybe 50 cents worth of white vinegar (I get a biggish jug), 50 cents worth of garlic, $3 for dill… I already had mustard seeds and whole peppercorns but if you need to get some they will give you SO MANY PICKLES.

Anyway, I figure it averages out to less than $2 a jar. I pay about $3.50 for storebought pickles and these are so much better!! 

I seriously don’t think I’ll ever go back to store-bought pickles again. 

Supplies and tips for making refrigerator dill pickles

Lucky for me, they only sold mason jars by the dozen at the grocery store. Because the moment I took a bite of that first pickle, I knew I had to make more. LOTS more. 

These wide-mouth pint-sized canning jars are the ones I used. Since these are refrigerator pickles, you can use any other clean glass jar like a spaghetti sauce jar too. You may, however, run into issues of your pickles floating, or need to adjust the amount of liquid to the size of your jar.

If you are using standard pint-sized canning jars, get cucumbers that are no more than 4 1/2″ long or they won’t fit! For the pint-sized wide-mouth mason jars, one jar fit exactly three cucumbers, or 12 pickle spears.

I cut most of my pickles into spears but I did do one jar of crinkle cut slices for sandwiches too. Here is the mandoline I used to crinkle cut my pickle chips!

Bright, fresh, garlicky, tangy, and full of that classic dill pickle flavor, these refrigerator dill pickles won't disappoint! You'll never go back to store-bought again!

A note: This recipe is for refrigerator pickles, so these are not shelf stable! You will need to keep them in the fridge until they’re gone. I read that refrigerator pickles will keep for a couple months in the fridge, if you can manage not to eat them all in a day or two!

These taste great even after only 24 hours but will become more flavorful after another day or two. 

I have portioned the recipe to make one jar of pickles, but if you hover over the “1” where it says it makes 1 pint-sized jar, you can adjust the slider to tell you how much of everything you’ll need for however many jars you want to end up with!


Bright, fresh, garlicky, tangy, and full of that classic dill pickle flavor, these refrigerator dill pickles won't disappoint! You'll never go back to store-bought again!

Best Ever Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 pint-sized jar (12 spears)
Author: Caroline Lindsey

Bright, fresh, garlicky, tangy, and full of that classic dill pickle flavor, these refrigerator dill pickles won't disappoint! You'll never go back to store-bought again!

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Ingredients

  • 3 pickling cucumbers 4-4 1/2" long, but no longer
  • 1/4 oz fresh dill a few sprigs per jar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed with the side of a knife
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp whole mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp whole black peppercorns

Instructions

  1. Wash cucumbers and cut into spears or slices. Pack into a wide-mouth pint-sized canning jar, or any clean glass jar. Since these are refrigerator pickles a canning jar is not necessary. Tuck several sprigs of dill in between the cucumbers.

  2. In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, garlic cloves, salt, sugar, mustard seeds, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil and stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

  3. Pour liquid over cucumbers in the jar. Make sure to include all the mustard seeds, peppercorns, and garlic. (If making multiple jars, include two cloves of garlic per jar and divide the mustard seeds and peppercorns approximately evenly between jars.) If you are using a slightly larger jar and the liquid doesn't fully cover the pickles, fill the rest of the jar up with water.

  4. Close the jar and refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours but preferably 48 hours. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To make more than one jar, adjust the slider at the top of the recipe to however many jars you'd like to end up with! 

These are not shelf-stable, so they will need to be kept in the refrigerator. They should keep in the refrigerator for about two months, if you don't eat them all before that! 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    romain | glebekitchen
    May 14, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Saw this today and couldn’t wait. Went to the farmer’s market, bought what I needed and now I’m just waiting until tomorrow so I can try them!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      May 14, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      It is so hard to wait, isn’t it?! I’m so glad I was impatient though, because now I know they taste great in only 24 hours! I hope you enjoy these as much as I am! (Snacking on a jar of them right now, in fact!)

  • Reply
    David
    May 16, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Mark and I both love dill pickles and I have been looking for a recipe like this for ages! (Just finished the last of our pickled okra from your recipe. Almost okra season again!)

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      May 16, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      That’s awesome! I have made one jar of pickled okra so far this year and already polished off four jars of these dills! Trust me, you’ll want to make these in bulk!

  • Reply
    Sean@Diversivore
    May 18, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    These not only sound amazing, they look INCREDIBLE. You’ve done a fantastic job here. I love making pickles, but I have yet to make dill pickles because, frankly, I’ve always found dill a little overwhelming. That being said, even I’m tempted by these bad boys. I wonder if adding a little dill seed would work (either in addition to or in place of the dill fronds)? Regardless, you’ve got a real winner here – the kind that gets people totally hooked on preserving!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      May 21, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Thanks so much, Sean! I’m not sure how dill seed would compare quantity- and flavor-wise. I’m sure it would add to the flavor but I wouldn’t get rid of the fresh dill fronds! If you have some available with the rest of the fresh herbs in the grocery store just pinch off a few little stems and tuck them between the pickles. It’s so easy and it really infuses the flavor!

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