Thursday, July 14, 2011

Summer Pickles

These summertime refrigerator dills are our very favorite. I finally have enough cucumbers for a gallon! The over 100 degree temperatures every day are starting to take a toll on our plants. We are expecting very hot weather for the next two weeks, so this may be the only batch we get. In case any of you have extra cucumbers, I thought you might like the recipe:

Summer Dills

2 cups white vinegar

6 cups of water

1/3 cup of canning/pickling salt

1 gallon of cucumbers (pickling are best, but any will work--just cut in smaller pieces)

2 tablespoons dill seed

2 tablespoons pickling spices

3 cloves garlic

Bay leaf or grape leaf

Combine vinegar, water, and salt. Bring to boil, then set aside to cool.

Put dill, garlic, pickling spices, & bay leaf or grape leaf in bottom of gallon jar. Fill jar with cucumbers, cut in halves or quarters if they are large.

When vinegar solution has cooled, pour over cucmbers and put in the refrigerator.

After 3 days, the cucumbers and brine can be divided into smaller jars. Pickles are ready to eat in about 2 weeks. Will keep approximately 4 months in the refrigerator.



  1. I'm not getting enough to do a thing with, just eat fresh and in salads. Let's hope this heat wave moves on out soon, or I'll be ready for fall already!!

  2. Sounds yummy Rose Mary, but, I did not plant any cuc's this year. My hubby does not like them. I usually get some from Mother-in-law and make bread and butter pickles. My hubby loves those. It is extremely humid here. I hope things cool down soon. Blessings!

  3. Mary I'm so glad you posted this recipe. I've printed it off so when I get home I can go hunting for some cucumbers. We love pickles! I used to make freezer bread and butters that were scrumptious but since we don't have a garden any more I seldom get to can anything. :( blessings, marlene

  4. We have lots of cucumbers! Is there a way to do that and make them sweet pickles, we don't like dill.

  5. Mmmmm~ those sound wonderful! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Rose Mary!

  6. We were up at Mary's Saturday for a visit & got to taste these deciduous pickles! They were so good! I've never made homemade pickles before but I think I will give these a try for sure.

    Had a lovely time Saturday Mary...thanks for the great lunch & visit.

    Later, Aunt Deb