Learn how to pickle cucumbers the simple way and make the best dill refrigerator pickles you’ve ever had. I promise they’ll be a big hit!
It’s no secret that many things from your own kitchen are more flavorful, healthful, and nutrient-dense than store-bought. Pickles are no exception.
Since we began pickling our own cucumbers, store-bought pickles seem so limp, soggy, artificially colored, and unappealing. You read that right – artificially colored. Certain brands of pickles have added yellow #5 to give their sickly-colored (translation: not so fresh) pickles a little color boost. With all we know about the health implications of food dyes, it’s high time we avoid store-bought and learn how to make our own pickles. This method is so simple, and you will love the outcome!
I didn’t automatically know how to make refrigerator pickles, this recipe was derived from lots of personal taste testing trial and error. Out of all the recipes I’ve tried, this is the best. You don’t need any special equipment – we’re not going to can these pickles. We call them “refrigerator pickles” because you allow the vinegar and other ingredients to tenderize and flavor the cucumbers with no need for cooking. You end up with crispy, fresh, delicious pickles that have all the raw nutrients intact.
Refrigerator Pickles: How to Pickle Cucumbers The Simple Way
Learn how to pickle cucumbers the simple way and make the best dill refrigerator pickles you've ever had. I promise they'll be a big hit!
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Active Time
- 10 minutes
- Resting TIme
- 1 day
- Total Time
- 1 day 20 minutes
- 20 pickles
- Condiment, Snack
- Estimated Cost
- 2-3 pickling cucumbers (as many as you can fit in the jar)
- 2 dill flowers (or 5 sprigs of fresh dill, or 1 Tbsp dry dill)
- 2-4 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
- 3 Tbsp white vinegar
- ¾ Tbsp kosher salt (to taste)
- filtered water (enough to top off the jar)
- 20 black peppercorns (optional)
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Cut pickles into discs, spears, or sandwich slices and add to the jar with all ingredients except the water.
Once everything is in the jar, fill to the very top with distilled or filtered water and screw the lid on very tightly.
Shake the jar up to distribute flavors and leave on your countertop for 12 hours.
Shake again and turn upside down for another 12 hours, making sure the lid is screwed on tightly to avoid leakage.
After pickles have sat for a total of 24 hours go taste your creation – you won’t believe how good they are!
Store in refrigerator and enjoy within a month for maximum freshness.
Don’t limit yourself to pickle cucumbers, use this recipe with just about any vegetable. We omit the dill and use the recipe for okra, bell peppers, and more. Adjust the spices and be creative because there are so many possibilities.
Sometimes we eat our pickles within a few days. We hate to waste the well-seasoned liquid mixture, so when they disappear too quickly we just pack more fresh cucumbers in the existing liquid. We add a touch more vinegar and top off with more water.
Other Condiments and Snacks to Make
Don’t stop with refrigerator pickles! Here are a few other condiments and snacks you can make at home:
Do you have cucumbers or other veggies coming out of your ears? Give this simple pickling recipe a shot, I promise you won’t regret it!