Spicy Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

One of my most favorite things to do in the kitchen is can. It seems so old fashioned, doesn't it?  You can buy any food shelf ready at any grocery store these days. But there is just something about using fresh produce and making it into yummy food in jars. Right? My family and I love to open the cabinets and see our summer bounty ready to eat all year round! And we are huge fans of pickles. I  can pickles all summer for us to nosh on in the colder months. We are still waiting for our cucumber crop to come in, so in the interim I made a batch of refrigerator pickles from  cute little pickling cukes I picked up last weekend at our local farmers market.  This recipe makes 3-4 jars of spicy garlic dill goodness! And I make these as refrigerator pickles because I know they will be eaten  within a month of making them. And they are super easy. Basically just add the herbs, spices and cukes to the jars and pour over the hot brine! That's it! Just let the pickles sit in the fridge for about a week and dig in. I promise you will not be able to stop at just one. If you do not like hot spicy, or you have little ones, just omit the red pepper. Or, if you like hot, feel free to add more! Totally up to you. I will be adding many more canning recipes over the next few months, so be sure to stop back and check them out!

Spicy Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles


12 small pickling cucumbers, Cut lengthwise into fourths

2 cups water
1 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
12 sprigs of fresh dill ( 3 sprigs per jar)
1/2 cup white sugar
6-8 cloves fresh garlic (2 per jar)
1 1/2 T coarse salt
1 T pickling spice
1 1/2 tsp dill seeds
1/2-1 tsp dried crushed red pepper

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the dill sprigs. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours until the sugar and salt dissolve.

Place two garlic cloves from the bowl into each pint jar.  Fill each jar with the cucumber spears. Tuck 2-3 sprigs of dill in with the cucumbers. Stir the brine well.

Pour pickling brine over the pickles in each jar. Leave about 1/2 inch of head space. Cover the jars with the lids tightly. Refrigerate for about 10 days . They will keep for about 4 weeks. Keep refrigerated.

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