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How To Make Dill Pickles (Easy Canning Recipe)

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Learning how to make dill pickles is so worth it! If you loved the taste of grandmas old fashioned homemade garlic dill pickles when you were a kid then this easy recipe will become your new favorite. Enjoy this super easy canning recipe on your hamburgers and sandwiches all year long.

Dill pickles have always been one of my favorite snacks even when I was a kid I would always be into the pickles especially the garlic dill pickles!

They are cold and crunchy with a slightly sour taste and perfect for serving with a wide range of meals or enjoying on their own.

So it’s no wonder that I just couldn’t get enough of them. I’m still the same way!

How To Can Homemade Dill Pickles text overlaid on a photo of sliced dill pickles in a canning jar sitting on a wooden counter top and a head of dill in front.

Of all the different things we can each year I always look forward to making many different types of pickles.

The good news is, that it’s so easy to make homemade dill pickles! You can make up a few pint or quart jars in only 40 minutes or less including the processing time.

Tips For Making Perfect Dill Pickles

Homemade dill pickle spears in quart mason jars on a wooden table with fresh dill next to the jars.
Homemade dill pickle spears

Use The Best Cucumbers

One of the most important parts of making great homemade pickles is to start off with the right cucumbers.

Make sure you are using pickling cucumbers as many types sold as slicing cucumbers don’t hold up well to pickling and canning.

Select fresh cucumbers that feel firm, avoid cucumbers that feel limp, wrinkly or soft.

What Size Of Cucumbers Are Best For Pickles?

Cucumbers for pickling are best picked between 2 and 5 inches long. The smaller sized ones are perfect for making baby dill pickles and the larger ones work great cut into rounds, pickle spears or long slices.

Trim Off The Flower Ends

Always remove a thin slice from the end of the cucumber that had the flower growing. It contains enzymes that can cause the cucumbers to go soft.

How Long Until Homemade Dill Pickles Are Ready?

Sliced round dill pickles perfect for hamburgers in large canning jars with fresh dill next to them.
Sliced round dill pickles perfect for hamburgers

Have you been wondering how long does it take for a cucumber to pickle? Once the jars have been processed and stored, let them sit for 4 to 5 weeks before opening.

Cucumbers need at least this long to allow the brine to fully soak in and develop that great pickle taste.

Do I Need To Sterilize Jars For Pickles?

The jars you use to pack your pickles in need to be clean but according to current standards, there is no need to sterilize them if you are processing the jars for 10 minutes or more. The jars will be sterilized during the canning process.

How To Substitute Dill Heads?

I love using dill heads in my pickle jars because they look pretty and add a great flavor. But if you don’t have any fresh dill then substitute 1 tsp. of dill seed for each head of dill.

How To Make Dill Pickles

Supplies You Need For Canning Pickles:

Before starting make sure to wash and remove the spines from the pickling cucumbers and then set them aside.

Mason jar with fresh dill, garlic, and pickling spice.
Add the dill, garlic, and pickling spice in your canning jar.

Wash your quart-sized canning jars and set them on top of a towel or wooden surface. Then into each quart jar place 1 fresh dill head, 2 cloves of peeled garlic and 1 tbs. pickling salt.

Next, get your cucumbers and take a thin slice (1/16th) off the blossom end of each cucumber and then pack into your prepared jars.

Packing cucumbers into jars.
Packing cucumbers into jars

You can cut the cucumbers into any shape you like. I use this same recipe for making icicle pickles, rounds, long thin slices that are perfect for burgers and yes even whole pickles.

This homemade pickle recipe is very flexible so just cut them up any way you like or do a mixture of styles.

Jar filled with brine, spices, and cucumbers for homemade whole dill pickles.
Homemade whole dill pickles

To make the brine combine the vinegar and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Pour the brine over the pickles, leaving 1/2 inch of headroom.

2 quart jars of homemade dill pickles sitting on a wooden table with fresh dill next to them.
Easy homemade dill pickle recipe

Remove any air bubbles from the jars and wipe the rims clean and place the lids on finger tight. Place the jars into a water bath canner and process for 15 minutes adjusted for your altitude.

See making your own homemade dill pickles wasn’t hard, was it? With just a few minutes in the kitchen, you can easily make up a few batches of pickles and enjoy their tangy, crunchy taste all year!

More Yummy Pickle Recipes

Yield: 7 Quarts

Easy Garlic Dill Pickles Recipe

Easy Homemade Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe

If you loved the taste of grandmas old fashioned pickles when you were a kid then you will love this garlic dill pickle recipe! Packed with just the right amount of garlic, dill, and spice to give it a classic taste that you will love on hamburgers, sandwiches and more! Learn how to make these easy pickles in 40 minutes or less!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  1. Wash and remove the spines on the pickling cucumbers. Cut into rounds or icicles if desired or leave them whole.
  2. Combine vinegar and water in a large stockpot and bring to a boil.
  3. In each quart-sized canning jar place 1 head of dill, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp. of pickling spice, 1 tbs. of pickling salt.
  4. Pack the cucumbers into the canning jars, then cover with hot brine leaving 1/2 inch of headroom.
  5. Remove any air bubbles from the jars, wipe the rims clean and place the jar lids on finger tight.
  6. Process in a water bath canner for 15 minutes or according to your altitude.
  7. After canning remove the jars and place on a towel in a draft-free place to sit for 24 hours. Any jars that have not seeled in 24 hours need to be reprocessed or placed into the refrigerator.


If you don't have fresh dill then you can substitute 1 dill head with 1 ts. of dill seed.

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Friday 23rd of September 2022

Are the sterilized jars needing to be hot for packing and do you boil your jar lids before placing them on the jars before proceeding with the hot water bath method as recommended by the jar manufacturers


Saturday 15th of October 2022

@Robyn, By today's standards sterilization of jars is not required. Processing the pickles for 15 minutes is enough.


Wednesday 10th of August 2022

When processing due the jars get completely covered with water.


Saturday 4th of September 2021

Process 15 minutes? What does that mean? Boil the jars? Interview them for internship? Book them into jail?


Thursday 22nd of September 2022

@B, Book them into jail, its a no brainer.


Wednesday 6th of July 2022

@B, Process them in a water bath or steam canner.


Tuesday 17th of May 2022

@B, Hahaha! Yes, obviously you meant to prosecute your pickles.

Shirley Winters

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

Is it okay to leave out the pickling spice and just use dill and garlic?


Friday 23rd of July 2021

What causes pickles to get soft after canning?


Saturday 24th of July 2021

Hi Judy, there are a few reasons pickles can turn soft. Not trimming off the blossom end can leave enzymes that can make them turn soft over time. Using cucumbers that are a bit older or starting to get soft before canning can do it too. But the process of canning can also soften the pickles as they are essentially being cooked in the water bath canner. There are some ways you can help that though. Many find that using pickle crip added to their jars helps, some like to put a grape leaf in the bottom. Other options are using the low-temperature pasteurization method instead of the normal water bath canning or making fermented pickles instead.

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