My Favorite Garlic Dill Pickles

These are by far the best pickles I have ever made. They are crisp, with the perfect amount of dill and garlic. Not too tangy or salty. A little sweet. Calling them my favorite is saying a lot, since I’ve spent the summer thus far making jar after jar of pickles.

dill pickles

I’ve mentioned how I can’t keep up with my cucumbers this year- my 2 plants pretty much went bonkers- and the easiest way to deal with them has been to slice those babies up and store them in brine (ie make pickles).

I’ve gone through several batches of these lacto-fermented pickles made with garlic cloves instead of garlic scapes, and I love them because they’re so healthy, but lately I’ve also been making refrigerator pickles in a brine of rice vinegar, a little organic sugar, sea salt, black peppercorns, dill, and whole garlic cloves. My family prefers this kind to the lacto-fermented ones, and frankly I sort of do, too. That’s how I made the pickles you see here…the only problem is I can’t for the life of me remember the exact recipe I used!

Do you ever do this? Create something fantastic, then realize you don’t remember exactly how much of each of the ingredients it took to get there? I must admit that I often forget to take notes when I am making something new. When I am in the moment, I tell myself I will remember the recipe. I don’t remember days or weeks later when it comes time to blog about it, though!

It’s making me nuts that I didn’t write the recipe down for these: it’s the vinegar, sugar, and salt I am not positive about. I know the approximate measurements, but I don’t want to hazard a guess and end up leading you astray. And having your pickles suck. I’ve got a drawer full of cukes in my fridge (plus more in the garden) so you can bet I’ll get this figured out. And when I do, I’ll tell you how to make my favorite garlic dill pickles. I promise.

I made these for today’s Pickling Party, a community blogging event created by Shauna. Make sure to check out the fabulous array of pickles!

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13 thoughts on “My Favorite Garlic Dill Pickles”

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  2. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this, reached the end of a delicious dish and tried to piece together exactly how I made it….very frustrating. I LOVE a good dill pickle, so am anxiously awaiting your unveiling of this great recipe once you get it documented. Good luck, Winnie. – S

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  4. Must make! My middle name should have been “Pickles”. Haven’t met one I don’t like. These look perfect! I love the garlic.

  5. I will be eagerly waiting…these look delicious, and I love a good pickle, especially when garlic is involved! I am enjoying this with a cup of coffee in hand and an egg sandwich by my side. I hope you have a cool and relaxing Thursday. We are trying to beat back this heat in Austin!

  6. Winnie I implore you to write it down, my cukes are just starting to come through and I need to put that bounty to good use. I have 2 four-year-old pickle connoissieurs to deal with – they are very demanding!