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5 Pickle Canning Recipes and Pickling Facts

Updated on February 9, 2018

Refrigerator Pickles

Recipes for Canning Pickles at Home

Here is a collection of pickle canning recipes to preserve the summer cucumber harvest all year. Pickles are easy to can because they are usually placed in vinegar and may be processed in a water bath canner, unlike some other foods that must be pressure canned. Pickles are a favorite of first time canners. Cucumbers are also very easy to grow in the garden.

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Ohio Stoneware Crock for Fermenting Pickles and Vegetables

Brined Pickles Recipe

Also Known as Fermented Pickles!

Brined pickles are pickles made by fermenting any vegetable, usually cucumbers, in a brine solution. A brine solution is simply a salt and water mixture. Dill and garlic are usually added to the pickling brine for flavor. The pickles are allowed to ferment in the brine for up to 6 weeks. You may have heard of people burying crocks in their yard with a pickle brine solution years ago. A brine makes pickles crunchy, as the salt removes moisture from the vegetables being pickled. Here is a recipe from the "Ball Blue Book of Preserving," for pickling vegetables in a brine solution:

10 pounds vegetables

3/4 cup pickling spices of choice

2 to 3 bunches of fresh dill

1 1/2 cups canning salt

2 cups vinegar

2 gallons water

6 cloves of garlic (optional)

Wash and drain the vegetables. Put half the pickling spice at the bottom of a sterile pickling container. Add vegetables leaving 4 inches of space at the top. Combine the salt, vinegar and the water, this is your brine solution. Pour the brine over the vegetables. Layer the dill on top, then add the remaining pickling spices. Add the garlic. Place a sterile, heavy object on top of the vegetables to weigh them down in the solution. Allow the vegetables to ferment in a cool dry place for 2 to 3 weeks. Remove the vegetables from the brine solution. Bring the brine to a boil in a large stockpot. Pack the vegetables into sterile canning jars. Leave at least 1/4 inch of space at the top of the jar. Ladle the boiled brine solution over the pickled vegetables. Place the lids and rims on the jars and boil in a water bath canner for 15 minutes.

Pickling Vegetables
Pickling Vegetables

What is Pickle Canning?

The Pickling Process

Although we usually think of pickles as cucumbers, "pickling" is actually a canning term that can apply to meat, vegetables, or any food that undergoes the "pickling process." What is the pickling process? Pickling is fermenting in a brine of salt, or vinegar.

The Complete Book of Pickling

This pickle canning book has over 250 recipes, so you will have endless ideas for using your garden vegetables. It is also easy to navigate, making it easier to find the right recipe.

The beauty of this cold pack (also called raw pack) pickle canning recipe is it's simplicity. It is a quick and easy method for canning pickles and you don't have to worry about handling the cucumbers while they are hot. The pickles will be soft, not crunchy. To make pickles crisp and crunchy the must be soaked in a brine of salt, or have other ingredients added for crunch, such as alum.

Dill Pickle Canning Recipe

Sweet Pickle Relish

Sweet Pickle Relish
Sweet Pickle Relish

Homemade Canned Pickle Relish

Sweet Pickle Canning Recipe

This is a sweet pickle relish for hot dog, hamburgers or potato salads. Make this up from your garden cucumbers and you won't need to buy pickle relish all year.

Canning Sweet Pickle Relish

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Easy Refrigerator Pickles (a Non-Canning Recipe)

Pickle No-Canning Recipe

These refrigerator pickles are just mixed up and placed in the "ice box." There is no canning required. Some people call them "ice box" pickles.

Easy Refrigerator Pickles

Sweet Zucchini Relish Recipe for Canning
Sweet Zucchini Relish Recipe for Canning

So You Want to Make Pickle Relish, but You Don't Have Cucumbers

Don't Fear Zucchini Works Too!

If you want to make pickles, but you don't have any cucumbers, do not fear. You can pickle virtually any vegetable. Zucchini, also known as summer squash, pickles much like a cucumber. I usually have an abundance of zucchini in the summer, so I use what we can't eat to make this sweet relish:

Sweet Relish Canning Recipe

Apple Chutney Canning Recipe
Apple Chutney Canning Recipe

Pickled Fruit Canning Recipes

Recipes for Pickling Fruits

How about pickling fruit? This curried apple chutney is a perfect way to use the apple harvest. A chutney, is a relish often served alongside meats, or the main course of a meal. Like pickles, a chutney recipe almost always contains vinegar. However, unlike pickled vegetables, chutneys main ingredient is fruit, making chutney a sweet and sour adventure.

Apple Chutney Canning Recipe

Pickled Beets
Pickled Beets

Pickled Horseradish

Pickled horseradish recipe
Pickled horseradish recipe | Source

Pickling Vegetable Recipes

More Recipes for Pickled Vegetables

Beets are good for your blood and have a variety of other health benefits. If you are a gardener, you know beets are ready early in the summer. If you aren't a gardener, but want to pickle and can some vegetables to stock your pantry, these vegetables are found at the farmers markets as early as June.

Canned Pickled Beets Recipe

If you are a horseradish lover, try this canning recipe for making the condiment at home:

Pickled Horseradish Canning Recipe

Pickles and Relishes

Everything you need to know about pickling vegetables: Traditional crock, sweet, dill, relish, freezer and refrigerator recipes. There are also salt free recipes.

Adjusting Processing Time for Pickles

20 mins. or less
More than 20 mins.
Processing time increase for altitude: Column 1 - recipes with an original cook time of 20 minutes or less, Column 2 - recipes with an original cook time of more than 20 minutes.

Cold Pack Pickle Recipe Videos from YouTube

Below are 2 video tutorials for making raw pack dill pickles. The advantage of raw packing is that you can handle the cucumbers cold. The first video shows the pickles made for the refrigerator and eating for several weeks. The second video explains how to prepare the jars if you are planning to can the pickles for preservation. Both recipes use fresh cucumbers, dill, and garlic covered with brine.

How to Make Dill Pickles for Refrigerator Storage

How to Make Dill Pickles for Canning

Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving

The Ball Blue book has long been the most trusted name in home canning. It is also the most popular food preservation recipe book on Ball is a name that is trusted to adhere to the most recent standards and this is the most recent version of their book.

Cruchy Kosher Dills

Many people desire to make dill pickles crunchy without the use of alum. Cutting off the tips of the cucumbers as seen in this video is a must. The ends contain enzymes that will keep the finished pickles from being crunchy. Letting the cucumbers soak in brine before canning them is a traditional method for crunchy pickles. Many people also claim that adding a grape leaf to the jar will result in extra crunchy dills with no alum.

How to Make Cruchy Dill Pickles that are Kosher

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Do you have a favorite pickle canning recipe? Did your mother or grandmother can pickles? Leave comments and let us know how you became interested in pickling. Also, tell us your favorite recipes.

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    • Nagalekshmi profile image


      4 years ago from nagercoil

      Great Hub!!!!

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      5 years ago

      My dad used to make dill pickles in a stone crock down in the basement. We'd go down and "test" them to see if they were ready to eat. They sure were good!

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      Paula Hite 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Love pickles! SO, I shared your lens on our G+ page today!

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      My son loves to write down his goals, and one of his goals for this summer was to make pickles. Love your lens - pinned to my preserving foods board.

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      6 years ago from Tennessee

      I made my first lacto-fermented pickles this season. I'm so excited by how easy it is and all these new variations!

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      6 years ago

      And I just read a lens about pickled cucumbers.

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      6 years ago

      And I just read a lens about pickled cucumbers.

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      6 years ago

      Pickled cucambers are great .

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      6 years ago

      i like pickle with bread.nice lens

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      6 years ago

      How does one sterilize a large crock pot?

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      uneasywriter lm 

      6 years ago

      I miss my Great Grandmother's Pickles and Onion recipe. Great lens for the pickle lover!

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      6 years ago

      You could have written this page especially for me! Thank you so much.

    • Beadsnresin profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice lens! I have always wanted to try to make cucumber pickles before, I've only played with tomatoes and eggplants (which i made lenses about)

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      7 years ago

      Makes my mouth water all over again stopping again. Love pickles. :)

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      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      Another excellent autumn lens - perfect for the harvest - thorough - blessed........

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      7 years ago

      Very apropos lens for this time of year, eh! :)

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      7 years ago

      I wouldn't mind trying a sweet pickle to see if I liked them or not. Regular pickles I already know I don't like. Same thing with relish, don't like it.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      7 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I've been pickling all kinds of things. A friend is doing it too. We're pickling nuts, will do cucumbers next week.

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      7 years ago

      love pickles!

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      Jen withFlash 

      7 years ago

      Nice recipes! Thanks!

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      kevkev227 lm 

      7 years ago

      My father-in-law makes pickled okra that are really delicious. I am really interested in trying the brined pickles :)

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      7 years ago

      Great recipes!

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      7 years ago

      Just pickled some dill pickles myself this evening with cucumbers from our garden. Love the lens it reinforced what I have been doing is correct.

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      ForestBear LM 

      8 years ago

      this is a great lens, I'm glad I stopped by. Thank you for sharing

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      8 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      8 years ago

      love pickles so you already know I liked your lens! If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      nightbear lm 

      8 years ago

      Loved learning all about canning. Blessed by an angel on the I love this word quest.

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      8 years ago

      When I had a garden I was pickling in autumn to preserve veggies. Now I don't.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks HSSchulte, informative articles on pickle canning.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you sharing this, it's great that you included the clips so that people can see the process as well. Love homemade goodies.

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      8 years ago

      This will surely substitute my pickle solution I previously had. Thanks a bunch!

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      8 years ago

      Wow, what a treat!

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      8 years ago

      I enjoy pickles but have never made them. I have, however, pickled northern. Very nicely done and you make it all look easy. I wonder if you know about the recipe module that you can use for the recipes you don't link out for. Its user friendly and gives a printable version as well.

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      8 years ago

      I love relish. This lens contains a wealth of information. I am new to canning and looking forward to making relish.

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      Ann Hinds 

      8 years ago from So Cal

      This is really great and something that we can try as a science experiment as well. Beside, we are always running out of pickles and this will help. Thanks!

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      8 years ago from McLaughlin

      The Easy Refrigerator Pickles sounds like the one recipe for me. The recipe looks like even I could make this one. Thanks for the tip.

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      Diane Cass 

      8 years ago from New York

      Homemade pickles are far superior in taste to store-bought. Plus, you can use your own fresh ingredients from the garden. I love your recipes.

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      jseven lm 

      8 years ago

      I once made sun pickles and my kids have begged me to make them ever since then. Great lens and recipes here!

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      Pam Irie 

      8 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Haven't done it yet, but I'm determined more than ever now to try the refrigerator pickles. Seriously, I don't see how I could possibly mess that up. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      8 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I have never made pickles, but now you are tempting me to give it a try. I love bread and butter pickles and did not know you could make them without canning. Also, I could definitely use that relish! Is it too late to put out cucumbers? Hmmmm.... Great lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      8 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I used to can pickles but haven't in years. Occasionally I will make "ice box" pickles, so good! Thanks for the reminders of a day canning pickles. I can smell it already!

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      8 years ago

      I like pickling cabbage to make sauerkraut...delicious

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      8 years ago

      Home canning is the best ways of preserving food for a longer period of time. Canning starts with first processing the food and is then sealed in an airtight container in order to prevent any microorganisms from entering and spoiling the food making it unhealthy.

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      9 years ago

      I found lots of useful information, great lens, Thanks!


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