New Favorite Pickle Recipe!

Here it is—and no alum!!


cucumbers-1328687-639x9395 c. water (filtered or spring water preferred)
2 T sea salt
3/4 c. white vinegar
3 garlic cloves, peeled (opt.) (we did not use)
3 T dried dill weed (or more)
2 t. dill seed (or more) OR 4 large sprigs of fresh dill instead of dried dill weed and dill seed
1 1/2 lbs. cucumbers


Stir all ingredients except cucumbers in large bowl or pot until salt is dissolved.

Slice cucumbers and add to salt mixture (brine).

Put a plate or something on top of cucumber slices to keep them down in brine.

Leave for a day or two.

Transfer to jars.  (Supposed to be okay about 12 days in refrigerator.  But don’t ever eat anything that smells weird.) That’s it!

macro-cucumber-1539337-640x480I think this is the easiest recipe for pickles I’ve ever seen (except the one where you put cucumber slices into store-bought pickle juice, but that’s not “really” a recipe  lol).

Right now, we need easy!

Also, I don’t like the strong garlicky taste of some pickles, so we left the garlic out.  (Maybe we’ll do half and half for our garlic pickle lovers next time.)

I absolutely love these pickles!  Light dill flavor, some hints of fresh cucumber, sour but not too sour, crunchy, addicting.   They remind me of Hungarian pickles.

When we have a house, I’d like to try to save the brine after use by freezing in ice cube trays and then using a few cubes at a time in dressings, dips, potato salads, etc.  It might turn out to be a little watery, but in that case, maybe I’ll boil off some of the water.

These last only about 12 days in the refrigerator, but that wasn’t a problem for us, as we ate half the recipe in 2 days.

Christa Upton  Black Hills Picture Books   PO Box 293   Custer, SD 57730

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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3 Responses to New Favorite Pickle Recipe!


    • Christa Upton says:

      Yay, chemical free cukes!!!!!!!!! 🙂 We actually got to put in a garden this year through help of friends!!!! No cukes, but chemical free tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and even eggplant! Steve found such a great eggplant parm. recipe a couple years ago that even the kids are looking forward to the eggplant!!! 🙂 Hugs, sweet lady.

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