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How to Make Your Own Pickles

Updated on August 13, 2013
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Wondering what to do with your bucket full of cucumbers you just picked from the garden? Try making these super delicious pickles that you can tweak to your own liking!

This year we decided to try our luck at growing a garden. We are fortunate enough to be somewhat successful. We ate our first homegrown cucumber Sunday night! Now, there are at least seven more growing. I started to think, what in the world are we going to do with all these cucumbers.....PICKLES.

Before you begin, you will need to have harvested at least 10-15 cucumbers for this recipe. If you have less, you can always cut the recipe in half. My first thought was that I could reuse jars that I have saved from the grocery store. However, my neighbor instructed me to use canning jars with new lids. You can reuse the canning jars but he recommended buying new lids. After each use, the lid does not pop for freshness. If you plan to store the pickles for awhile, you will definitely want to keep them as fresh as possible!


Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Approximately 4 canning jars


  • 4 cups Vinegar
  • 4 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Canning Salt
  • 1 1/4 TBSP Mustard Seed
  • 1 1/4 TBSP Celery Seed
  • 1 1/4 TBSP Tumeric
  • (optional) Onions
  • (optional) Peppers
  • (optional) Garlic
  • 10-15 Cucumbers
  1. Bring vinegar, sugar and salt mixture to boil.
  2. Slice cucumbers into desired pickle shape while the mixture is boiling. We like to slice our cucumber into thin circles but you can also slice them longways for a larger pickle.
  3. Pack each mason jar with the sliced cucumbers. While packing the cucumbers, add all other ingredients to the jars.
  4. After packing the cucumbers into the jars you will pour the boiling mixture over cucumbers to the top and seal.

This a very simple recipe to make pickles! We've given jars to people as thank-you gifts, used them as an appetizer at gatherings and people can't get enough of them!



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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you, janetwrites!! :)

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I have never made my own pickles as I don't have a garden.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you, My Cook Book and Mhatter99!

      Kidscrafts, sorry to hear about your little visitor!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Good for you that you could do it! This year, I have a groundhog roaming around and eating my lettuce, my tomatoes and the Echinacea! It is eating other things at my neighbours. I think our gardens are it's buffet :-(

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for your tips.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Short and simply, good hub :)

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Billybuc, I was absolutely elated to be eating something that we grew OURSELVES! We have cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes and okra all growing. Next year I hope to double our garden and add onions, corn and possibly pumpkins. Thanks for reading and supporting me as always!! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oddly we didn't grow cucumbers this year and I'm not exactly sure why not. LOL I think we just forgot, so I'm not going to be able to use your suggestions no matter how good they are. :) I'm glad you had a veggie garden this year; it warms my heart to see more and more people doing this.