Half Sour Dill Pickles


Half Sour Dill Pickles

Half Sour Dill Pickles
1 1/2 dozen
8 Hr
10 Min

You don't have to go to a deli to get some crunchy, juicy pickles! With just 5 ingredients, you've got everything you need to make our authentic Half Sour Dill Pickles. They make for a simple and satisfying snack.

What You'll Need

  • 18 Kirby or other small cucumbers (about 2 pounds total)
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh dill
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup salt

What to Do

  1. In a large jar or glass bowl, combine cucumbers, garlic, and dill; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a boil. Pour mixture over cucumbers.
  3. Allow to cool completely, then cover and chill overnight before serving. Keep extras refrigerated.


  • Remember, don't throw the pickling juices away when the pickles are gone. Just add more cucumbers.
  • And for another tasty pickle variation, try our Southern Fried Pickles!

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Can the cucumbers be cut in half length-wise before making this recipe? Half sours are my favorite pickles!

Yes, they can! :)

I like this recipe these pickles are tasty and easy to make. I hVE Aa question instead of putting them in the refrigerator can I can them so I could use them all winter.

To start off, these pickles are delicious and so easy to make. A few questions. When I make this recipe it's about 4 quarts. Do I have to put all 4 quarts in the refrigerator. I know you say they last about 3-4 months but I won't eat all 4 quarts in that allotted time. Can they be put in my pantry until I need another one. I assume the 3-4 months time is once they are opened and in the fridge. Or, if I want to put in my pantry, do I need to sterilize them.

Hi there! These cannot go into your pantry. We're not actually canning the pickles. That's an entirely different process. They have to be refrigerated. If you're concerned that you won't be able to eat the full amount in the time frame, we suggest making half the batch instead. We hope that helps! Enjoy! :)

Thank you for your reply. I will give a few away to family. They love them.

Do you have to use glass for mixing and storing?

Hi there! You do not have to use glass for mixing this recipe, however we do believe that glass is the best way to store the pickles. Enjoy!

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I have made these several times because my friends keep asking for them. Easy to make and they are so good. I put jalapeno's in mine and use more garlic

These are just good old refrigerator pickles from my neck of the woods. The women in my family have been making these pickles for many years. There are many refrigerator pickle recipes out there...this being one of them. We prefer a strong garlic taste in ours so we use more garlic. As well, we use Glass Gallon Jars to put them up in. Those can be found in any restaurant/bar who order Maraschino Cherries and the like...most times they will just give them away. We made these pickles at the end of harvest time so we could use up the last of the pickling cucumbers...they are good!!!

#bestideaever I love pickles and was a canner many years ago. Guess I am going to haul out my Mason jars and give this recipe a try but will have to add a lot more sugar for my sweet and sours.

I'm not a pickler, but I'm going to try this recipe. It seems to me that the jars that will hold the pickles should be sterilized first. Yes/no? Also how long do you think they will last in the fridge? Thanks for any advice.

Hi there! The jars and/or bowls do not need to be sterilized first. The pickles will last 3-4 months in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Can you slice the pickles?

Yes, you can!

Sounds like the cukes are left whole. They are not sliced, correct?

Correct. The cucumbers are left whole. Enjoy!

Not to sound dumb, but it looks like the cukes were sliced in half in the jars in the video? thcseu

We love pickles and these sound very easy, so I'll give'em a try. I like that you can also use English cukes, as they're always readily available. I think I'll also add a couple of cloves of fresh garlic to mine, and some pickling spice. If you grow dill in your garden, try using the dill AND the 'crowns' after the dill has gone to seed in late summer. I use dried dill when I don't have any fresh, but fresh dill makes a lot of difference in flavor.

Love This - Sounds so easy and have most items on hand. A HINT, if you don't have kirby's use English Cucs, they work.


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