Total Time
1008hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1008 hrs

Posted in response to a request for dill pickles made without vinegar. This recipe is per quart; make as many quarts as you like. These are excellent, and very easy to make. The hardest part about making pickles is scrubbing the cucumbers, and I'm not kidding. I prefer fairly small pickling cucumbers, and pay a premium to get them. Dump them in a sink, cover with cold water, then start fishing them out and scrubbing them THOROUGHLY with a soft brush. Get every bit of grit and dried-out cucumber blossom off of them, or they will not taste so good. When you have scrubbed every last blessed cucumber, rinse them again. Now you are ready to start - or maybe two-thirds done.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon mixed pickling spices
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)
  • 1 quart fresh small pickling cucumber
  • 1 -2 head of fresh green dill seed
  • filtered water, at room temperature


  1. Put the quart jar (s) in a large pot, cover and bring to a boil.
  2. Boil them for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove and empty them.
  4. Put the salt, spices and garlic in the bottom of a sterilized quart jar.
  5. The amount listed is for one jar.
  6. Add a little water to dissolve the salt.
  7. Pack- I say PACK!
  8. -with cucumbers and a couple heads of dill, as tightly as possible, without breaking the cucumbers.
  9. Leave a little headroom.
  10. Fill up with water, leaving 1" headroom at the top.
  11. Cap lightly for 24 hours, then tighten and store for 6 weeks in a cool dark place.
  12. Use sterilized lids and rings to cap.
  13. (Boil both for 5 minutes.).
  14. Place on newspaper in case they leak while fermenting.
  15. Store in a cool dark spot- a basement is ideal.
  16. I make these every year for fear that my father might disown me if I failed to make him 6 or 8 jars for his Christmas present.
Most Helpful

I have not tried this recipe yet. I would like to share my tip for cleaning cucumbers. I use a sponge designed for non-stick cookware. When wet they curve around the cukes nicely and are just right for washing away all those pesky little pricklys. CAA

5 5

Excellent recipe! It is really important to use crispy cucumbers--I used a couple that were a little soft and they were mushy in the finished product so follow the recipe and use only your best cucumbers. Thanks!

5 5

Great tasting pickles. Wish I had made more! These are very similar to the 'salt dills' that are a favorite with several family members and are on the request list each year. The tablespoon of pickling spice is more then in my recipe and found it made for a nice touch! I used garlic and of course the fresh dill. I was very impressed with your instructions. I highly recommend this recipe for the making of delicious dills. Thank you Jenny.