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Easy Homemade Pickles

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + chilling


4 quarts

My husband grows cucumbers, garlic and dill in the garden and eagerly waits for me to make these homemade pickles. The recipe comes from my grandmother.—Angela Lienhard, Blossburg, Pennsylvania
Easy Homemade Pickles Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 14 pickling cucumbers
  • 40 fresh dill sprigs
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 quarts water
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons mixed pickling spices


  1. Cut each cucumber lengthwise into six spears. In a large bowl, combine cucumbers, dill and garlic; set aside.
  2. In a Dutch oven, combine remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir just until sugar is dissolved. Pour over cucumber mixture; cool.
  3. Transfer to jars if desired and cover tightly. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

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  • Nutrition Facts

    1 spear: 5 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Free food.

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