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Easy Homemade Pickles

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 quarts


  • 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


  • Cut each cucumber lengthwise into six spears. In a large bowl, combine cucumbers, dill and garlic; set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven, combine remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir just until sugar is dissolved. Pour over cucumber mixture; cool.
  • 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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    • katecrid47
      Mar 7, 2016

      These pickles were great! They have wonderful crisp flavor. The best part was that they were so simple to make. Will definitely be making these again. Everyone loves them! Thanks for sharing!

    • danvin
      Aug 3, 2012

      these are so good, not too much sugar! Very refreshing!

    • dcdenley
      Jul 18, 2012

      Simple, easy, delicious! What more do you need?!?!

    • Vkruzin
      Aug 4, 2011

      I was blown away by the flavor! This is the first recipe that I haved ever tried to make pickles with and I am sticking with it. Very simple to do and I'm sure that I will be passing this recipe out to my friends and neighbors.

    • sheflies
      Jul 8, 2011

      These are the best dill pickles to make. They have great taste and the recipe size allows you to always have home made and fresh available. And very cost friendly. Your friends and family will think they came from the deli or refrigerated section at the grocery store.