Fresh Dill Pickle Recipe

I know I love a good pickle on the side or on top of (or maybe both) my burger, especially at a summer cookout.

Did you know that pickles were first made over 4,000 years ago? At the time people learned that if they soaked cucumbers in an acidic brine it would preserve them. Ever since, pickles have grown to become a staple around the world. Pickles were found to help prevent scurvy and pickles survived long journeys. Today Americans are consuming over 2 million pounds each year or about 8.5 pounds per average American. The 5 most popular varieties are dill, kosher dill, sweet, bread and butter, and gherkin. Dill pickles , being at the top of the list, are not as hard to make as you might have thought. Here is an easy recipe for you!

Ingredients:

⁃3.5 c water

⁃1.25 c white or cider vinegar 

⁃ 2 Tbsp brown sugar

⁃1 Tbsp table salt

⁃ 1 tsp garlic powder

⁃2 heads fresh dill

⁃3-4 c cucumber slices(1/2” thick)

Directions:

  1. Mix first 5 ingredients together in saucepan over med-hi heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat immediately and let cool completely.
  3. Put cucumber slices and dill in one large or several smaller glass containers, pour cooled vinegar mixture over cucumber mixture.
  4. Cover with lid(s) and refrigerate 3 days before eating.