Best Garlic Sweet Dill Pickles

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The Best Pickles

You will love these garlic sweet dill pickles because they are the best! The flavor of garlic with dill is awesome. They’re great on grilled burgers, ham and cheese sandwiches, or in chicken salad. Oh yes, they’re pretty good just by themselves – which is why an opened jar never lasts long at my house.

Not only are they delicious, they’re also soooo easy to do.

cukes on cutting board

We’re talking the usual sugar, vinegar, water and salt; add some fresh dill and a garlic bud and (of course) the sliced cucumbers.

How easy is that?!

About the Recipe

I can these by the quart and by the pint.  The size jar I open up depends on how many people will be eating at my table that night.

For each pint jar, you will need two cups of sliced cucumbers. You can slice and measure all of them ahead of time, or just do it jar by jar. Then you’ll know exactly how much brine you’ll need.

I got this recipe from a friend, and later I also found it in the Mennonite Country Style Recipes cookbook.

pickles on ham sandwich
Good on ham and cheese sandwiches (yes, my man was hungry; this was his bedtime snack.)


pickle on chicken salad sandwich
a nice addition to chicken salad sandwiches

So if your garden is producing an excess of cucumbers this summer, wash and slice those cukes and add the garlic and dill; then pour in the liquid and you’re all set.

This recipe makes enough brine for 6-8 pint.

How Water Bath

If you think you don’t have a way to hot water bath something, you’re wrong.

Use a large kettle with a rack. If you don’t have a rack, you can use slats of wood or put a towel in the bottom. You need something on the bottom of the kettle so the jars won’t be touching the bottom. Put the jars in the kettle and put enough water in to come up to the necks of the jars. Bring water to a boil and boil for  8-10 minutes.

When you take them out of the water, the lids might not be sealed. Give it some time and before long, you’ll hear that popping sound that signals the lid is sealed.

pickles in jars
These jars were canned in 2014, as you can see from the writing on the lid. My pickle shelf is almost empty . . . .

This is a re-post from four years ago. We’re nearing the end of cucumber season, so this is the time to be canning these beauties.

My Favorite Garlic Sweet Dill Pickles
So easy to prepare and simple to can. And, of course, delicious and easy to serve! This recipe is per quart but you can halve it and do pints instead.
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Pickles
Servings 6 pint


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 garlic bud
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh green dill


  • Wash and slice medium-size pickles 1/4 inch thick into jars.
  • Place 1 garlic bud and 1-2 sprigs fresh green dill into each quart
  • Combine the other ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Heat to boiling, then pour over the cucumbers in jars.
  • Process in boiling water bath for 8-10 minutes.
  • Let sit in jars for 1-2 weeks.

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