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Easy Dill Pickle Recipe for Canning

How to Can Pickles

This is seriously the best dill pickle recipe for canning. Learn how to can the most delicious, crispy dill pickles in just a few steps!

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As promised I am sharing my go-to pickle recipe with you today.  You are going to love this Easy Dill Pickle Recipe as much as I do.  Not just because it’s super simple but also because it’s super delicious!!

I will never buy another store bought pickle again… these are so much better!  I have made at least 30 quarts this year already, they are just THAT GOOD!

Most canning supplies are easy to find at your local grocery store or big box store. Whether it’s a new canning pot, more jar lids, or another box of canning salt, make sure you have what you need on hand to whip up this dill pickle recipe anytime.

An excellent resource to check out is my Complete Guide to Canning for all of my canning tips and tricks.

easy dill pickle recipe

Canning pickles could not be easier!  Other than washing the pickling cucumbers there is very little prep work to do.  I love that about pickles! 

I also love to can salsa every year but the amount of chopping, cutting and cooking involved makes it no easy task.  Meanwhile, pickles?  Something I can do after dinner in a jiffy.

That’s why I want to share this recipe with you for the best pickles ever! Start with these supplies…

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Canning Supplies:

How to pickle cucumbers:

easy dill pickle recipe

I often triple and quadruple this recipe if I have the time and ingredients.  This is about 5 lbs of pickling cukes that I picked up from our local farmers market.

Ingredients:

  • 20-30 small pickling cucumbers
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • Two cups water
  • 2 Tbsp coarse salt
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch fresh dill
  • 4 Tbsp pickling spice (I use McCormick)
  • 4 Quart size canning jars with snap lids and rings
easy dill pickle recipe

Directions:

1. Thoroughly rinse and wash cucumbers with a potato scrubber.

2. Combine water, vinegar and salt in a medium pan. Bring to a boil until salt is dissolved. Remove from heat.

easy dill pickle recipe

3. Fill each jar with cucumbers, two cloves of garlic, a sprig of dill and 1 Tbsp pickling spice.

easy dill pickle recipe

4. Pour hot brine mixture over cukes and fill jar to 1/2″ from rim. Seal with lids and rings.

5. Process jars in a canner at a rolling boil for 25 minutes.

6. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 2 years. Jars should rest for at least one month before eating.

easy dill pickle recipe

Tips for crunchy cukes:

  • Avoid mature cucumbers, use the freshest produce that you can find!
  • Keep the cucumbers cool and wash in cold water.
  • Process them as quickly as possible from picking to processing.
  • A teaspoon of Bernardin Pickle Crisp may be used in each jar to help keep the pickles crisp. I have never found that I needed to use this but others swear by it!

More pickling tricks:

  • English cucumbers aren’t the best choice for pickling. For best results, try a variety like persian or kirby cucumbers instead.
  • Using wide mouth quart jars is best for homemade pickle recipes because of the larger size opening. When using smaller canning jars, you will have to make sure that the pickles you use are small enough to fit in the jar.
  • Once you have added the vinegar brine to your cucumbers, get rid of any air bubbles before continuing the canning process. You can do this by sticking a wooden spoon handle or chopstick into the side of the jar and shifting the fresh produce and pickling liquid around to release any trapped air. You want to leave 1/2 inch headspace at the top of the jar, but not more.
  • To be sure the jars are sealed properly, once the hot jars have cooled, check the centre of the lids. If they haven’t “popped”, they need to be kept in the fridge.
  • Make quick pickles, sometimes called refrigerator pickles. Fill your jars with the cucumbers and spices, pour over the pickling brine, put the lids on, and refrigerate the jars. Crunchy pickles will be ready for you the next day.
  • You can pickle all kinds of things. Why not try carrots, green beans, asparagus, or even grape leaves?
  • Save your empty jars. The next time you want to make a new batch of classic dill pickles, just use the jars from last year.
  • Store the jars of pickles in a dark place. Once properly processed, they will keep at room temperature for up to 2 years.
easy dill pickle recipe

Other add ins:

  • Black peppercorns, red pepper flakes or a few slices of hot pepper.
  • Add full fresh dill heads into each jar for even more dill flavour.
  • An additional teaspoon of mustard seed, celery seed, or dill seed, or a bay leaf or two can also be added in with the pickling spice.
  • Substitute some or all of the white vinegar with apple cider vinegar.

Now that you’ve mastered homemade dill pickles, why not try making a sweet pickle recipe or bread and butter pickles?

Any of these would also be great!

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easy dill pickle recipe

Easy Dill Pickle Recipe

4.50 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 4 Quarts
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Ingredients

  • 20-30 small pickling cucumbers
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp coarse salt
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch fresh dill
  • 4 Tbsp pickling spice I use McCormick
  • 4 Quart size canning jars with snap lids and rings

Instructions

  • Thoroughly rinse and wash cucumbers.
  • Combine water, vinegar and salt in a medium pan. Bring to a boil until salt is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  • Fill each jar with cucumbers, two cloves of garlic, a sprig of dill and 1 Tbsp pickling spice.
  • Pour hot vinegar mixture over cukes and fill jar 1/2" from rim. Seal with lids and rings.
  • Process jars in a canner for 25 minutes.

Notes

Let rest one month before eating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 3497mg | Sugar: 1g
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