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Published on August 09, 2022

jar of homemade dill pickles

Recipe: Dill Pickles

You can use this pickle recipe to keep fresh cucumbers crisp and tasty in jars that you can enjoy later.

Dill Pickles


  • 4 pounds small cucumbers
  • 16 cloves garlic, peeled and blanched
  • 8 fresh sprigs of dill
  • 24 black peppercorns
  • 2 quarts white vinegar
  • ½ cup pickling salt


  1. Take steps to sterilize 8 pint-sized jars for canning.
  2. Soak freshly picked cucumbers in a bowl of ice water overnight, then remove and dry them.
  3. Pack cucumbers into pint jars, and add two cloves garlic, one sprig of dill and four peppercorns to each.
  4. Boil two quarts of water and then add vinegar and salt and boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour hot liquid over cucumbers and spices, leaving a quarter-inch of headspace in each.
  6. Seal and process for 10 minutes: start counting the processing time when the water starts to boil.

Learn more about nutrition and your health by contacting Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota Dietitian Lauren Cornay.

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