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Dill & Garlic Pickles

In mid-summer, grab some baby cukes and fresh dill weed from the farmer’s market and you’ll have pickles throughout the winter.

When the dill weed flowers in our garden in mid-summer, I head to the farmers market in search of the right sized baby cucumbers to make dill pickles. This family recipe is so popular and surprisingly simple. Many cooks are often intimidated by the whole preserving process, but the compliments you’ll receive make the effort worthwhile. While you’ll be tempted to eat them right away, you’ll have to be patient and let them pickle for at least 4 months.

Dill & garlic pickles in preserving jars.

Dill & Garlic Pickles

Prep Time2 hrs
Author: Kevin Lamoureux


  • 8 quarts small cucumbers about 60
  • 2 bunches of dill weed heads
  • 2 garlic buds
  • 1⅓ cup pickling salt
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 20 cups water
  • 12 1-quart wide mouth mason jars (500 ml jars)


  • Wash and prick cucumbers with fork.
  • Wash the dill.
  • Peel garlic and separate into whole cloves.
  • Sterilize the jars and lids.
  • Put 1 head of dill and 1 clove of garlic in each jar
  • Fill the jars with cucumbers, packing them tightly.
  • Make a brine solution with other ingredients, bring to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the hot brine into the jars to cover the cucumbers. Fill to within 1/2 inch from the top (head space).
  • Seal with snap lids.


Make sure all jars, lids and utensils are sterilized. After tightening lids and allowing jars to cool for about 2 hours, test that the lids have made a seal. If they have, they will be concave. If not, they will be slightly convex and make a popping sound when pressed upon. To remedy this, remove the lid, reheat the jar in boiling water for about 5 mins, then reseal.

While this is an old family recipe, using basic canning methods, I would suggest that anyone who has never made preserves before do a little more research about the canning process. Please be aware that there are health risks if your preserves become contaminated due to improper canning procedures or failure of your lids to seal completely. Never take a chance in eating any preserves if the jar seal is not concave and tight or the brine has become cloudy over time.

For additional information and best practices about home canning, the mason jar makers at Bernardin offer plenty of advice.

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