DIY: 3 Ways to Make Homemade Pickles

ingredients for pickles

What’s a more perfect lunch on a hot summer day than your fav sandwich, a few chips, and a crisp, juicy pickle? Throw in a tall glass of lemonade or sweet tea and man, oh, man!

But you know what would make it even better? Homemade pickles! Because everything tastes better when it’s homemade, right? So grab a few cucumbers, choose your brine, and let’s get pickling!


Dill Pickles Brine

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp caraway seed
  • 1½ tsp dill seed
  • 3 cucumbers, quartered lengthwise (12 spears)
  • 1 whole clove garlic


Bread & Butter Pickles Brine

  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 3-4 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 3 cucumbers, sliced ¼” thick
  • Sliced red chili


Spicy Pickles Brine

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp caraway seed
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • 3 cucumbers, quartered lengthwise (12 spears)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, quartered
  • 1 whole clove garlic


Pickling Prep

So for each type of pickle you’re preparing to make, you’ll need a 3 quart-sized mason jar, or something equivalent that seals completely. Once you’ve got those, your brine ingredients, and your cucumbers, you’re ready to get started!

  1. Fill a large stock-pot with water, bring to a boil
  2. Carefully submerge mason jars w/ tops for at least 5 minutes until ready to use
  3. Combine brine ingredients (minus the cucumbers) in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil
  4. Reduce your brine to a simmer for 2-4 minutes before removing from heat
  5. Thoroughly wash and cut your cucumbers
  6. Carefully arrange your cucumbers in each mason jar
  7. Pour warm brine over vegetables until the mason jar is just about full
  8. Make sure to completely submerge your cucumbers so they pickle entirely
  9. Seal the jar(s) while the brine is still warm
  10. Allow to cool completely before putting your jar(s) in the fridge


Your pickles should reach peak readiness in 10-14 days, and you can store them for up to two months.

Talk about a summer treat!


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