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How To Make Icebox Pickles

Updated on November 16, 2014
Icebox Pickles
Icebox Pickles

How To Make Icebox Pickles

I've always loved pickles, but I have never owned a canning machine. I've always wanted to make my own pickles, not to mention save some money at the grocery store! I searched long and hard before finally experimenting with various recipes and coming up with the very best icebox pickles.

Icebox pickles - sometimes called refrigerator pickles or freezer pickles - require NO canning machine! Anyone can make them using items you probably already have lying around your kitchen. They take very little time to make, and they are absolutely delicious!

In addition to enjoying these by yourself, you can also give them as gifts!

Time required: 30 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Cost: $10


  • fresh cucumbers
  • fresh garlic
  • fresh dill
  • kosher salt
  • white vinegar
  • whole peppercorn


  • mason jars


1. First, slice up your cucumbers into pieces that will fit in your mason jars when sealed. You can slice them any way you like, so feel free to be creative! You can also add other veggies to your pickle mix - baby carrots, sliced red and green peppers, and green beans are just a few I've used with success.

2. Make the brine for your cucumbers - combine three cups of water with six tablespoons of white vinegar and three tablespoons of kosher salt. Stir until the salt is dissolved completely.

3. Add your spices to the mason jar. Place one clove of garlic, a few sprigs of fresh dill, and a dash of peppercorns (half a tablespoon maybe?) at the bottom of a mason jar. This step is where you are also getting creative and seasoning to your taste, so don't be afraid to experiment here with additional spices like chili flakes or extra garlic.

4. Add your cucumbers to the mason jar. Be sure to pack them in as tightly as possible. Add another sprig of dill on top if desired.

5. Pour your brine over the cucumbers, filling to the top of the jar. Seal the jar, then place in your fridge.

6. Wait. This is the hardest part! You can test your pickles after 48 hours to make sure your spice/brine blend is okay, but your pickles are best after at least 7 days.

7. After 7 days, open up and enjoy!


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