How to Make Garlic Dill Pickles

Home Made Dill Pickles

Quart jar of our home made dill pickles.
Quart jar of our home made dill pickles. | Source

Pickle Anyone?

Remember going to the movies and getting that huge dill pickle to eat along with a soda? Do you still have pickles on your hamburger or alongside your ham sandwich? Wouldn't it be great to be able to make your own pickles? Pickles have been a favorite snack food and condiment for years! You can tweak the recipe in several ways to your preferred taste. Our favorite is Garlic Dill Pickles, with a little jalapeno added for just a little kick.

I am going to share with you the best recipe for dill pickles you have ever tasted. Our grown kids know that when they come to visit, they get to leave with a jar of pickles or a jar of our jalapeno pickled okra.


Equipment Needed for Canning Pickles

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Equipment Needed

  • 4 quart jars, steralized, with rings and lids
  • large pan for water bath
  • small pan to heat lids
  • jar lifter
  • kitchen tongs to remove lids



Softening the Seals on Lids

Lids in Pan of Hot Water
Lids in Pan of Hot Water | Source

To have everything ready you will want to place your lids in a small pan of hot water to soften the rubber seals. I set a towel on the cabinet or table to place my jars on once they are finished processing.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 4 quart jars

Pickling Cucumbers

Cucumbers from our garden.
Cucumbers from our garden. | Source

Ingredients

  • 12-15 cucumbers, washed
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, mild/hot
  • 2 cloves garlic, per jar
  • 3 cups vinegar, white
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 tbsp canning salt
  • 2 tsp dill seed
  • 1 tsp mustard seed

Processing Pickles

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Instructions

  1. Wash cucumbers throughtly to remove little black spiney bumps.
  2. Place 2 whole cloves garlic in the bottom of each jar. Add the mustard seed and dill seed also.
  3. Now pack the pickles into the jars. It is easier to pack them if they are wet. If you want "hot" pickles, now is the time to add 1 jalapeno to the jar. Use the small pickles to take up any dead air space you can.
  4. Now mix the vinegar, water and salt together and bring to a boil. Once boiling, pour the mix over the pickles, leaving about 1/2" head space.
  5. Place the heated lids on the jars and screw rings on snugly.
  6. Add about 1-2 inches of water to your large pan and place the jars inside. I like to set the lid on top of the jars, it just helps hold in the heat. Bring the water to a boil and "process" for 10 minutes.
  7. Once your processing is finished, take the jars out of the pan and place on a towel or something heat resistant. Using a potholder, screw the lids down tight on the jars and set them aside to cool.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Large Pickle
Calories 17
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 4 g1%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Nutritional Value

Canning your own pickles is a great idea! You can have pickles just the way you like them all year long. Pickles will last for several years if you store them in a cool, dry place. You do need to let them sit for about 30 days before eating, to ensure the best flavor.

Pickles are a very healthy snack as well. They are very low in calories and they basically have no saturated fat and no cholesterol. Pickles are a good source of vitamin A, K, potassium, manganese, calcium and high in dietary fiber. However, they are high in sodium, take care if you are on a low sodium diet.

I hope you have enjoyed my recipe as much as I have enjoyed sharing it!

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sgbrown 15 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you, Marlo. We don't use any sugar in our pickles and you can leave out the jalapeno if you don't like them spicy. I hope you give my recipe a try! Thank you for stopping by! :)


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MarloByDesign 15 months ago from United States

I love this recipe because you do not include a lot of sugar like most dill pickle recipes I have seen. Great job and I cannot wait to try our your recipe.


lori brown 3 years ago

Best pickles ever!!!!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

He Vespa! I love garlic in my pickles and he jalapeno gives them just a little "kick". I have not tried pickling lime, but out pickles always seem to be plenty crisp. I hope you give my pickle recipe a try! Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! :)


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I haven't made my own pickles in a long time, but this makes me want to make a batch soon! I love that you add garlic and a jalapeno to your pickles. I was just reading an article about adding pickling lime to your pickles to keep them crisp. I wonder if it works? Anyway, thank you for sharing!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Pat! I have never used cucumbers that I bought at the store, they are usually a different type of cucumber. What we use are actually called pickling cucumbers, they are smaller and usually a little more firm. We grow our own pickling cucumbers and they will usually stay good in the crisper for several days. I do hope you give this a try, let me know how it goes! Thank you for stopping in, I always enjoy hearing from you! Angels received and appreciated! :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Hi Sheila

You know I had planned to make dill pickles about a month ago. I bought everything I needed. However my cucumbers went bad before I got to make the pickles. So learned that I should make the pickles within a short time of purchasing them.

So now that I have your recipe and I am a huge fan of garlic anything, I will give this a try.

Thanks for sharing.

Sending Angels your way


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Rajan! These are a sour pickle, with the flavor of dill and garlic. This is my mother-in-laws recipe and we have tweaked it just a bit. I hope you have a chance to try them. Thank you for your votes and stars! Have a wonderful day! :)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I've never tried dill pickles. It would be interesting to try. I'll be asking my wife to try this as soon as we can get the ingredients together. They sure do look good.

Voted up, interesting and rated 5 stars.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Rolly! Crushed garlic and a jalapeno in mine. I love garlic in just about everything and adding a jalapeno you the jar of pickles gives just a little heat. Thanksf or stopping in Rolly and have a great day today! :)


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi SG... that's for doing the humble pickle such a service. Want a late night snak grab a pickle. I always stuff plenty of crushed garlic in with mine.

Hugs from Canada


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Pat! My Grandma Walker used to bake bread and butter pickles and I loved them! Hubby doesn't care for them so we stick with the garlic dill. I think I canned some 50+ quarts this past spring. I can barely keep us, the kids and close friend in enough pickles! I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub and I look forward to hearing how my recipe works out for you! Thanks for stopping in and the votes! Have a wonderful day! :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

O thank you for this. We used to grow rows and rows of cukes (my Momma called them) and Mother made the best pickles, dill and bread 'n butter. O, I can taste them now.

I had no idea that dills were this easy. I did not pay attention when Momma made them---too busy playing. But I have bookmarked this and am looking for cukes to pickle. Voted up ++++


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Indian Chef! I would love to try your pickle recipe! I love trying new things! A lemon pickle really sounds good! I will be checking this out! Thank you for stopping in and commenting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

SGbrown, I really liked the way you pickled your cucumbers. Totally different way than we do. You might be interested in the way we make our pickels, then here is recipe for lemon pickle

http://hubpages.com/food/Lime-Pickle


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello sweetie1! I have never heard of putting cucumbers in flavored oils. This sounds very interesting to me. You should write a hub on it, I would be very interested to try it! I do hope you get to try my pickles and I hope you like them. Thank you for stopping in, commenting and voting! It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

We usually don't pickle cucumbers. Usually we put our pickles in oil, be it mango, lime, or green chili. Well it looks very tasty and easy to make so I am going to try it out soon. Voting it up.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Linda. I love to can vegetables from our garden and enjoy sharing my recipes. Thank you for stopping in and commenting. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello tycoonsam.I'm glad you found my hub useful. I hope you try my pickles sometime. Thank you for your kind comment and vote up! It is always appreciated. Have a great day!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello specialk3749! Teaching your kids to make their own pickles sounds like a great idea. Just be careful with the boiling water mix. Your kids will love making their own pickles! Thank you for stopping in and commenting. Have a wonderful day!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Peggy! Home made just always tastes better! Plus I don't have to pay those crazy store prices! Thank you for stopping in and commenting. I always enjoy hearing from you. Have a great day!


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

I am so happy to see someone writing about canning. Great job. Great recipe. Voted up.


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TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

Very detailed instructions.

5 Stars

Voted up and useful.

Thanks You!


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Specialk3749 4 years ago from Michigan

My kids LOVE pickles!! The recipes look great. I am going to get them involved and teach them how to pickle their own. Thanks for a great hub!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I grew up eating my mother's and grandmother's home canned pickles. Love them! Thanks for sharing your good sounding recipe with us. Up votes and will share.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Hyphenbird! I just bet your pickles are wonderful! They really are easy to make and very inexpensive. I hope you enjoy them and you are welcome for the "drooling"! LOL Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Yum. I make my own pickles and they are so great. It is surprisingly easy and inexpensive. I wil ltry your recipe and thank for making me drool.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi alocsin! Making pickles is really very easy. I love the garlic flavor too. You may even like to make your pickles a little hot by adding 1 jalapeno to the jar. I hope your partner tries my recipe, I think you both will love these pickles. Thank you for your comment and votes! Have a wonderful day! :)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

My partner is a great fan of dill pickles but he's never tried to make any on his own. I'll give him this recipe to try out. I'll like it too because of the garlic, one of my favorite spices. Voting this Up and Useful.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Aubrey! Please, call me Sheila. Pickles are really very easy to make. I hope you give it a try someday. Thank you for your nice coment, it is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

Mrs. Brown, I've always wondered how pickles are made. Had no idea any of that stuff was being done. This was an awesome video and hopefully one day I'll make some of my own pickles!! Thanks a lot for sharing. :)

-Aubrey


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Deborah! If you do the "hot bath" for just about 10-15 minutes, they shouldn't get mushy. Our pickles are still crisp from year before last. We didn't get to make any pickles last year, it was so hot, so fast, our cucumbers burned up! This year has been much better. Keep them whole and try the hot bath. Let me know if that helps! Thank you for stopping in, reading and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I've not had much success with dill pickles in the past. They tend to get mushy on me. So I end up making bread and butter pickles with my excess cucumbers. But maybe I will give your recipe a try. I have a lot of cucumbers out in the garden and still have several jars of my bread and butter pickles left from last year! Thanks for sharing.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peg! Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you try my pickle recipe sometime. My pantry is so full, I now have jars of pickles sitting on the floor! I have to stop! Actually I did have to stop as my garden has burned up. I know the weather is much the same there in Dallas. It showed 114 degrees here the other day. OMGosh, that is more than my garden can take. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a "cool" day! :)


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Wonderful pictures and a great explanation of the whole process. It has been a long while since I canned pickles but your hub has me inspired to do this again. I imagine your pantry is beautiful with all the colorful preserve jars!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Faith Reaper! Our pickles are dill pickles with garlic and jalapeno added. The jalapeno really adds a wonderful flavor and just a little kick. I hope you give them a try. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a blessed day!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

I love pickles, and these sound delicious! I love the ziesty Kosher Dill Valsic pickles, but I know they most likely do not compare to yours! In His Love, Faith Reaper


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Carol! You make the shrimp salad and I will bring the pickles!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

So if I invite you to dinner you will bring some pickles. Consider yourself invited---any time.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Jenna! I know you are one of my biggest pickle fans! Tell the girls I'm sorry, I've canned all the pickles I can this year, maybe next year I will make more. Thank you for your wonderful comment and have a GREAT day!


Jenna 4 years ago

I've had these pickles and they are awesome! The girls at my office have offered to pay $5 a jar for them!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Carol! Making pickles is really very easy and doesn't take very long either. Anytime we are invited to a cook-out, I always take a jar of our pickles. They are always a big hit. Thank you so much for your kind comment and vote, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Well this doesn't look so hard. We love pickles and I have never attempted. And making your own-- you know what goes in them. Sounds great. I am voting up as it is so well done.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello K9keystrokes! Isn't it great when you garden is just ready to start picking? I love it, it is like a treasure hunt every day! I do hope you try my recipe, I think you will really like the pickles. Remember to pick some smaller ones too, to fill in some of the "dead air" space. I hope you enjoy them! Thank you for stopping in and for such a wonderful comment. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

These sound amazing! I have a garden full of cucumbers (English and lemon cucumbers) just about ready to pluck from their vines...tons of them! This would be a fantastic way to savor the harvest all year round! Thanks for a 5 star recipe!

Cheers~

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