Homemade Dill Pickle Slices Recipe

dill pickle slices
Diana Rattray
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: About 6 Pints
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These easy dill pickle slices are perfect for burgers and sandwiches. Or chop the pickles and add them to Dilly Deviled Eggs, Red Potato Salad With Sour Cream and Dill or this Remoulade Sauce.

The pickles also make fabulous gifts for family, friends, and neighbors.

What You'll Need

  • 4 pounds pickling cucumbers
  • 5 tablespoons canning or pickling salt, divided
  • 2 1/2 quarts water
  • 3 cups cider vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 teaspoons dill seeds
  • 3 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
  • 6 medium bay leaves
  • 18 to 24 black peppercorns

How to Make It

  1. Slice ends off cucumbers then slice in 1/4-inch rounds.
  2. Put the cucumber slices in a large nonreactive bowl or pot* and cover with the 2 1/2 quarts of water.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons salt and stir until salt is dissolved. Cover and let stand for 12 hours.
  4. Drain cucumber slices.
  5. Prepare jars. Fill a boiling water canner half-full with water; add jars and bring to a boil.
  6. Cover and reduce heat to low to keep jars hot.
  1. In a nonreactive stainless steel or enamel-lined pot, combine the 3 cups vinegar and 3 cups water.
  2. Stir in 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons of salt until dissolved. Bring to a boil.
  3. Into each of six 1-pint jars, add 1 teaspoon dill seeds, 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1 bay leaf, 3 or 4 peppercorns, and about 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic. Pack with cucumbers.
  4. Add hot vinegar mixture to each jar, leaving 1/2-inch of headspace.
  5. Wipe and spills off of the rims and threads of the jars with a damp paper towel. Fit with the lids and screw on jar rings tightly.
  6. Put the jars in a rack and lower them carefully into the hot water. If necessary, add more boiling of near-boiling water so the water level is at least 1 to 2 inches above the jars.
  7. Bring the water to a boil. Cover and boil gently for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the jars to a rack to cool completely. 
  9. About 24 hours later, check all of the jars for proper sealing. If you have a jar that didn't seal properly, refrigerate it and use it right away.
  10. Store in a cool dark place for a few weeks before using. After opening, refrigerate the pickles for up to 2 months.

The recipe makes about 6 pints of dill pickles.

*Use an enamel-lined or stainless steel pot or a stainless steel, glass, or ceramic bowl.

See Also Preparing Jars for Canning and Boiling Water Processing

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