Pickling Spices

Quick Small Batch Dill Pickles

4 pickling cucumbers (around 1 pound)

1 cup water

7/8 cup of white wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of pickling salt

2 garlic cloves

8 peppercorns

2 teaspoons of pickling spice (or a pinch of flaked red pepper)

fresh dill sprigs

8 sour cherry leaves (they’re supposed to promote crispness) or 3-4 grape leaves


Bring water, vinegar and salt to a boil. Meanwhile scrub and cut pickles into desired sizes. Add pickling spices, peppercorns, fresh dill, cherry leaves to quart canning jar. Add pickles to jar and pour brine over the pickles. Seal with lid and put in refrigerator for at least one month. Alternately you can water bath can pints for 10 minutes or quarts for.


Update (7.23.09) these are delicious! I just tried one and they're crispy and very delicious, a perfect quick pickle.



  • Alyss 6y

    Oh look - there's the recipe :)

    I've never done any pickling with "pickling spice" because I generally prefer just dill and garlic. Maybe I'll try some this summer if my cucumbers are as prolific as I want them to be :)
  • Chiot's Run 6y

    I bought some home-mixed stuff from our local Mennonite bulk food store. I was going to mix my own, but when I saw theirs I figured it was as tasty as their pizza seasoning.
  • Heather K Powers 6y

    Looks delish, don't have enough for this yet but hopefully before the end of the summer!
  • cuvycuv 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The One One Four - Food, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Earth911.com 3mo

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