The Ultimate Classic Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe

I remember as a child dipping my fingers into a 10 gallon stoneware crown crock to get my little fingers on the very best dill pickle from my grandmother's antique crock (what I wouldn't give to have that crock today). I would barely finish that dill pickle before my fingers were once again diving for another and yet another until I would be shooed away.

Classic Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe
I wanted to taste that goodness again so I decided to make some Homemade Classic Dill Pickles with my kiddos. Dill pickles are so easy to make as long as you have an overabundance of cucumbers from your garden, which we always do. I do not have a lovely antique pickling crock to place the pickles in to ferment, so I simply use Mason jars and can the pickles with the good old fashioned boil in a large pot method .

(I doubled the below recipe to make 8 jars)

The Ultimate Classic Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe

The Ultimate Classic Kosher Dill Pickle

Classic Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe
Classic Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt OR real salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar (a bit more if you don't like your pickles too terribly sour)
  • 1 Tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 10-12 cucumbers
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 10 dill sprigs
This recipe can be cut in half or even doubled. The main point is to have equal parts of vinegar and water. You could use the spices indicated or a pickling blend that is usually available are any grocer. Additionally, if you do not have any jars about your home, they are super easy to locate these days.
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PREPARATION

Combine the water, salt, sugar, peppercorns, coriander and red pepper flakes over high heat in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Add the vinegar, stir to combine.

Scrub cucumbers to remove any dirt. Remove any tails or pieces of stem and cut in half or quarters or really anyway you like. {I did quarters and rounds slices and thin slices}

Classic Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe
Classic Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe

Be sure to sterilize your jars and prepare them for canning.

Place 3-4 sprigs of dill in each jar, add a couple cloves of smashed garlic and stuff your cut cucumbers in tightly. Make sure your jar is full.

Pour the hot brine into the jars, making sure to evenly distribute spices. Close all the jars with the lids snug on top of the jars.

Classic Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe

Place the filled jars in boiling water for 15 minutes and wait to here the lovely pop.

The Ultimate Classic Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe

Now, if you prefer to simply add the hot brine to the jars and place the jars in the refrigerator INSTEAD of boiling (and canning the jar), that works as well. Just keep in mid, that jars of pickles are simply now REFRIGERATE PICKLES . . .  and will need to remain in the fridge --and can remain in the fridge for a few months (if they last that long).

Classic Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe

I like canning as I can store the jars in the cupboard for longer periods and prepare larger batches. But, if you have a handful of pickles from your garden, simply boil up the brine and pour over the sliced pickles and pop the jar in your refrigerator. I would leave them at least 24 hours before dipping your fingers into the jar!

Classic Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe

The great thing with this brine is you can utilize it for any of your garden vegetables! I love to use this brine on cauliflower - oh my stars! SO GOOD! This is perfect for pickling slices of carrots as well. You can brine peppers, jalpenos and of course cucumbers and pickles!

EAT AND ENJOY!

Mine were filled with some sour pucker goodness!

Classic Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe