Learn how to make easy refrigerator dill pickles with this quick and simple small batch recipe.  No canning equipment required.  This recipe is perfect for families who love crunchy, dill pickles for snacks and sandwiches.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
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Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles

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This post was originally published on April 22, 2018.

If you love pickles, this refrigerator dill pickle recipe is just for you.  It doesn’t require any canning equipment; just a knife, a stovetop, and a fridge.  You don’t even need to store these amazing dill pickles in canning jars, as a large covered container will work.

holding a bowl of refrigerator dill pickles with a fork

This recipe is so easy that you’ll want your kids to help.  There’s lots of little jobs they can help you with, like washing the cucumbers, putting the spices in the jars, stirring the brine, stuffing the jars, and then shaking the pickle jars upside down.  They will have a lot of fun, and you’ll be making memories.

closeup of a jar of refrigerator dill pickles

What type of cucumbers are best for dill pickles?

  • Kirby: short, squat with bumps
  • Pickling Cucumbers: short

jars of refrigerator dill pickles with cucumbers

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Where do I find pickling cucumbers?

Depending on the time of year, you can find them at the following places:

  • Grocery stores
  • Farmer’s markers
  • Specialty grocery stores

a forkful of refrigerator dill pickles with a glass jar of pickles

Are refrigerator dill pickles safe to eat?

Yes, they are as long as you follow certain precautions.

  • Use very clean jars and lids.
  • Store the pickle jars in the fridge.
  • Use a fork or spoon to remove the pickles, not your fingers.
  • Don’t drink the pickle juice out of the jar and place it back in the fridge.

bowl of refrigerator dill pickles

What do you serve dill pickles with?

  • as a snack on their own
  • grilled hamburgers and other BBQ meats
  • on sandwiches and sliders with meat
  • as a garnish for drinks on a short skewer

forkful of refrigerator dill pickles above a wooden cutting board

How to Make Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Gather all the ingredients.  Measure out the spices, sugar, and vinegar.

ingredients for refrigerator dill pickles

Rinse the pickling cucumbers under cold running water and place the cukes in a colander to drain.

fresh pickling cucumbers in a metal colander

Using knife or a mandoline, slice the cucumbers into thin coins and place in a bowl.  You may also choose to slice the cukes into spears or use a crinkle cut slicer to get a different look.

slicing the cucumbers on a wooden cutting board

Pour the water and the vinegar into a saucepan, then stir.  Cover and bring to almost a boil.  Turn the heat down to low and add the sugar and salt.

adding salt to the vinegar brine

Stir it until it dissolves, then remove from the heat and let the pickling brine cool to room temperature.

stirring the vinegar brine in a saucepan

While the brine cools in a 4 cup glass measuring cup, peel the large garlic cloves and slice them into quarters lengthwise.

cutting garlic cloves on a wooding cutting board

In each of the six clean canning jars, add the dried spices, broken up bay leaf, garlic quarters, and the fresh dill.

adding fresh dill and spices to canning jars

Place the sliced cucumbers into each jar, leaving a bit of headspace for the brine.

adding cucumber slices to canning jars

Pour the brine over each of the 6 canning jars.

pouring the vinegar brine into a jar of refrigerator dill pickles

Secure the lid of the jar by screwing it on tightly.

screwing the lid onto a canning jar

Turn each jar upside down and give it a few shakes to distribute the spices.  Let the jars cool completely on the counter before placing in the fridge.  The pickles should sit in the fridge for 48 to 72 hours before eating.  Make sure to shake the jars every day during this waiting time to distribute the spices.

shaking a jar of refrigerator dill pickles

I let the jars sit in the fridge for 72 hours before opening to eat.  You can see that the color will change from a bright green to a duller yellowish green the longer it sits in the brine.  Enjoy as a snack on their own or put it on your backyard grilled hamburger.

holding a jar of refrigerator dill pickles

Pro Tips for Refrigerator Dill Pickles

  • Don’t want coin shaped pickles?  Cut the cucumbers into spears or thick crinkle-cut pickles.
  • Want crispy pickles? Use kirby or pickling cucumbers for the best crisp dill pickles.
  • Want to make a smaller batch?  Cut the recipe by 1/3 to make two jars.
  • Want to make Kool-Aid pickles?  Check out this wacky recipe from Tornadough Alli.
  • Have extra sliced pickles?  Use them in a cucumber salad.

The hardest part is waiting the 48 to 72 hours.  But for those of you who can’t wait, I recommend sampling one jar every twelve hours to see how the dill pickles are progressing.  Have fun sampling the pickles!

colander, pot, measuring cup, canning jars with lids

Our Go-To Kitchen Tools for Making Dill Pickles

Craving more delicious pickle recipes?  You’ll want to try these ones, too.

dipping bread into dill pickle soup person holding a plate of dill pickle dip and veggies white bowl of cucumber salad and roses

  • Dill Pickle Soup: this unique potato soup is tangy from pickle juice and chopped pickles.  It might become a family favorite!
  • Quick and Easy Dill Pickle Dip: this dip can be made in only 10 minutes, plus chilling, and tastes amazing with fresh veggies for a healthy snack.
  • Cucumber Salad: this refreshing summer salad is a great way to use up leftover sliced pickles.

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Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 pint jars 1x

Description

Learn how to make easy refrigerator dill pickles with this quick and simple small batch recipe.  No canning equipment required.  This recipe is perfect for families who love crunchy, dill pickles for snacks and sandwiches.


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Ingredients

For the Pickling Brine

  • 2 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 2 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar

For the Dill Pickles

  • 8 cups pickling cucumbers, washed and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seeds (1/4 teaspoon per jar)
  • 6 pinches red pepper flakes (1 pinch per jar)
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns (1/2 teaspoon per jar)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed (1/4 teaspoon per jar)
  • 6 sprigs fresh dill
  • 6 large garlic cloves, peeled and quartered lengthwise
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  1. Wash the pickling cucumbers, slice them into thin coins, and place in a large bowl.
  2. Pour the filtered water and white vinegar into a medium saucepan.  Cover and turn the heat to medium high.  Once it is almost boiling, turn the heat down to medium low.  Stir in the salt and sugar until it is dissolved, then remove from the heat and uncover.  Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Measure out the spices, fresh garlic, and the fresh dill into six 1-pint canning jars.
  4. Fill the jars with sliced pickling cucumbers until they are full, then pour the pickling brine over the cucumbers until they are submerged.  Screw the canning lids on tightly.  Turn them upside down and shake to mix up the spices.
  5. Place in the refrigerator.  Let the dill pickles sit in the fridge for a minimum of 48 hours.  The flavor will keep improving until day 7.  Shake each jar upside down twice a day to keep the spices mixed.

Notes

  • These refrigerator dill pickles are not shelf stable, but will keep in the fridge for up to one month.
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  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Brining
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Refridgerator pickles, homemade, dill

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