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Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Easy and economical, Refrigerator Dill Pickles are tangy, zesty and crispy. No one will believe you made them yourself! —Jake Haen, Ocala, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 100 pickle spears


  • 6 to 8 pounds pickling cucumbers
  • 40 fresh dill sprigs
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 quart white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canning salt


  • Cut each cucumber lengthwise into four spears. In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, dill, onions and garlic; set aside. In a Dutch oven, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir just until salt is dissolved. Pour over cucumber mixture; cool.
  • Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 6 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Laura
    Jul 4, 2020

    Great but really hard to reduce recipe to make just one jar. Who needs to serve 100 people?! We managed but I am sure inadvertently changed ingredients trying to estimate how much onion for 1/7 of the recipe for example. Mmmmmmmm. Delish before even soaking it too long though!

  • suefalk
    Sep 7, 2017

    Delicious! A quick and easy garlicky dill. We didn't wait 24 hours though, they're great served right away. I sliced mine on a mandolin into 'coin's, as well as the onions. So good!

  • Judy
    Jul 26, 2017

    This pickle per recipe tastes like a cocktail onion. It would be similar to a bread and butter pickle, but is stronger and more acidic. I agree with posts saying that you need to reduce the vinegar and sugar.

  • nanaberry1
    Jul 6, 2017

    My family love these pickles! The sweet/sour flavor is liked by all.

  • katlaydee3
    Feb 21, 2017

    These were really good using the corrected recipe from the website, not the one from the magazine. Kroger had a large (1gal) clear Mason canister for less than $12 which worked perfectly.

  • Wilberst
    Jul 29, 2016

    These are delicious! Dilly and a little sweet- with a great crunch. I cheated and used jarred garlic and my cucumbers were small so I cut them in half.

  • maggie05
    Aug 15, 2015

    No comment left

  • Beckiboo
    Jul 27, 2015

    Best homemade pickles hands down! Will use this recipe for years to come!

  • annrms
    Jul 6, 2015

    These are very easy to make and very delicious. I did use less sugar and salt, and added more garlic as folks suggested. I didn't eat them for over a week so the flavors blended well. I also made a quarter of the recipe, and made them again when the first batch was almost gone. Thanks!

  • nocab
    Jul 5, 2015

    I am getting fed up with this kind of 'yield', it means nothing! How many pint-sized jars, please!!!!