Refrigerator Dill Pickles are a quick and easy way to convert delicate cucumbers into yummy pickles!
Pickles are so delicious as a snack or even in recipes like Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf or on top of a juicy turkey burger! Plus making this garlic dill pickle recipe from scratch makes adding pickles to everyday meals easier and tastier!
Refrigerator Dill Pickles
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Fresh Homemade Pickles
This is the best recipe, hands down for tackling your bounty of pickling cukes. The addition of garlic gives them a bright and pungent flavor and it has just the right balance of salt, vinegar and dill. It’s definitely a winning recipe to pull out every summer.
Store bought pickles are convenient and tasty in their own right, but there is just something so personal about homemade goods! Served with pride, these refrigerator dill pickles are the perfect side dish or appetizer for when guests pop by, plus they make thoughtful hostess gifts as well.
How to Make Refrigerator Pickles
Refrigerator pickles skip the stress of old fashioned canning! With only minutes of prep, and in only 3 days time, you can begin to enjoy them!
- Bring water, vinegar, salt, sugar, and peppercorns to a boil. Remove the brine and allow it to cool completely.
- Slice cucumbers into ½” rounds and alternate with garlic and dill in mason jars until the jars are packed.
- Pour cooled brine into each jar. Seal and refrigerate.
Do You Need to Sterilize Jars for Refrigerator Pickles?
Jars don’t need to be sterilized for this garlic dill pickle recipe, however, a quick pass through the dishwasher will wash and sterilize the jars and lids (lids and rings for canning lids) to give you peace of mind.
Storage Questions & Answers
Do Pickles Need to be Refrigerated? If pickles go through the traditional sterile canning and sealing process, they can be stored at room temperature safely. But refrigerator pickles are definitely intended for shorter-term cold storage, so keep them in the fridge. Besides, pickles are best when they are cold, crisp, and crunchy! The seasonings they are brined with are magnified on the palate so much more when served cold!
How Long Do Refrigerator Pickles Last? Refrigerator pickles will stay yummy and last about two months in the refrigerator as long as they are in a covered container. Much longer after that and they are not as crunchy as they could be, but they are still perfect to top burgers with!
Variations, Tips and Add-ins!
- Slice pickles in quarters vertically so you have spears that are perfect for martinis or caesars!
- Leave pickles refrigerated for longer than 3 days before enjoying for far better flavor, so be patient!
- Are you a garlic lover? Add an extra clove or two depending on how many cucumbers you have.
- Pump up that flavor game and add sprigs of oregano, basil, or rosemary. Even small dried red chiles add zest and heat!
- Kalamata olives blend beautifully with pickled cucumbers! A dash of red pepper flakes or a few pieces of star anise create a spicy pickle!
More Side Dish Recipes To Try
- Fried Cabbage with Bacon – a wholesome side dish.
- Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts – too good!
- Easy Greek Salad – so fresh and simple to make.
- Tomato Salad – perfect summer side dish.
- Caprese Pasta Salad -can be served as a main dish too.
Refrigerator Dill Pickles
- 3½ cups water
- ¾ cup white vinegar
- ½ tablespoon coarse salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 6 peppercorns
- 2 lbs mini cucumbers sliced
- 4 large sprigs fresh dill or to taste
- 3-5 cloves garlic
- Combine water, vinegar, salt, sugar and peppercorns in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool completely.
- Slice Cucumber into ½" rounds. Place cloves of garlic in a glass jar (or jars).
- Layer dill and cucumbers and pour cooled brine over the cucumbers.
- Seal and refrigerate at least 3 days before serving.