In a Pickle

Hamburger Dill Pickles Slices

Jun 11, 2012 by


I can always tell when The Husband has had one too many dill pickles by the tell-tale scent of dill emanating from his pores.  It isn’t an unpleasant smell, but it is definitely distinct.  After crawfish and chocolate pie, dill pickles are pretty high on The Husband’s list of favorite things to eat.  Really, they don’t last long at our house.  I buy a jar on Friday and by Sunday all’s that’s left is the brine.

But get this – he even drinks the brine!!  He says it helps prevent muscle cramps after a workout.  I say it’s gross. . .

The Husband’s love of dill pickles is the sole reason I decided to plant cucumbers this year.  Between our garden and my mother-in-law’s garden, there have been plenty to go around.

Just a few notes:

These pickles are cooked, so they will be more limp than the crispy refrigerated Claussen pickles (although recreating that recipe is one of my goals before cucumber season ends).

The instructions call for you to use a nonreactive bowl and pot.  This means use something other than aluminum or copper.  Salt can cause aluminum to pit and vinegar will react with both metals and give the pickles a metallic taste.  In this case clay, enamel, glass, plastic, or stainless steel is the way to go.

Something I learned from making this recipe:

A cucumber is 95% water.  All that water can dilute your brine once you pack them in jars.  Soaking cucumbers in salt water before pickling draws out some of the moisture and prevents this.



Hamburger Dill Pickles Slices
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Recipe type: Garnishments
Serves: 6 pints
  • 4 pounds pickling cucumbers
  • 2 tablespoons canning salt or kosher salt
  • 2½ quarts water
For the pickles:
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canning or kosher salt
  • 6 teaspoons dill seeds
  • 3 teaspoons pickling spices
  • 6 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 6 pint mason jars, lids, and bands
  1. Slice cucumbers into ¼-inch thick slices.
  2. Place slices in a large non-reactive bowl. Combine two tablespoons of salt and the water. Stir until salt is dissolved. Pour salt water over cucumber slices. Cover and let stand overnight.
  3. Place jars in a large stockpot. Cover the pot with water until the tops are covered by at least one inch. Cover a bring water to a simmer over medium high heat.
  4. Fill another saucepan with enough water to cover lids and bands (don’t add your lids yet, though!). Bring water to a boil, then remove from heat. Place lids and bands in the water and allow to sit in hot water until you are ready to use them
  5. In the meantime, drain cucumbers.
  6. In a nonreactive pot, combine vinegars, water, sugar, and salt. Cover, bring to a boil, then remove from heat.
  7. Carefully remove jars from the hot water and drain (you may want to reserve the hot water just in case you need to add more to the pot later). Cover stockpot and bring water to a boil.
  8. In the bottom of each jar, add 1 teaspoon of dill seed, ½ teaspoon pickling spices, and 1 teaspoon minced garlic. Fill jars with cucumber slices.
  9. Using a funnel, carefully pour vinegar mixture over the cucumber slices, leaving ½-inch of headspace. Wipe rims with a clean damp rag or paper towel. Place a lid and ring on each jar and secure tightly.
  10. Place jars in boiling water. Add additional boiling water if needed to cover the lids by one inch. Once water comes to a boil, process for 10 minutes.
  11. Remove jars from pot and allow to cool on the counter on a towel. Check jars after 24 hours to ensure a seal.
  12. Allow jars to set for 1-2 weeks before opening.


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  1. I may not like hamburgers but I LOVE me some pickles! I could eat a whole jar without any help!

  2. Father of the Bride

    Have you considered reusing the brine from the empty Clausen jars?

    • The Cooking Bride

      You could probably get away with reusing the brine at least once, but the more you reuse it the more watered down it will become. Eventually it will lose the pickle flavor.

  3. What is a pickling cucumber something like a gherkin ?

    • The Cooking Bride

      They are smaller than a regular slicing cucumber; usually have lighter green skins and more bumps. I have used regular cucumbers picked from my garden, but if you are buying your cukes from a store or farmer’s market make sure they are pickling cucumbers. Sometimes, particularly large grocery stores, the cucumbers will have a thin wax coating on the outside as a preservative. That coating will prevent the brine from soaking in.

  4. I love pickles that much, too! YUM! These look wonderful!

  5. I gave these a shot and they’re now cooling on the counter waiting a few weeks for me to open them and taste them! I can’t wait! :)

    • The Cooking Bride

      That’s great! I have some slices soaking in salt water on my counter right now. Probably going to make another batch tonight.

  6. Susan

    If you want to make the clausen pickles–it is very similar except you put into refrigerator to cure and must remain in there. My brother makes them and gets pickling cuc’s, garlic, jalepeno pepper (optional and to taste), lots of dill and a few pepper corns.
    Clean and sterilize jars and lids as normal. Scrub and clean up cuc’s real good. Cook the brine as normal–I think he uses apple cider vinegar, salt and water. You can experiment with vinegars in smaller (wide mouth jars) with that. Cut pickles into long quarters, add peppercorns, garlic, dill/dill seeds (I use both for pickling). Then shove as many cut cuc’s into wide mouth jars. Cover with hot brine to normal levels in jar. Wipe rims and seal with sterile lids. Let cool a bit then put into frig. Ensure lids are tight (likely will not seal) but shake 1 time a day for about 2 weeks to distribute the spices and flavorings. My frig space is limited so if I go a batch, it will only be a couple. Do some searches online for refrigerator dill pickles. You can likely get some other suggestions.

    • The Cooking Bride

      Thanks Susan! I have a batch of fridge pickles curing right now. Still going to give them another week and see how they compare.

  7. Dianna

    Do you rinse the cucumbers off or just drain the liquid off after salting them overnight?

    • The Cooking Bride

      I drain them and let them air dry for a few minutes.

  8. Mary Jury

    Just a note, that you should maybe state what size jar you are using.

    • The Cooking Bride

      Hi Mary, I list what size jar I used in the recipe. Thanks!

  9. Joyagg

    Trying these today. Thanks for the clear, concise directions. The 6 pints you list is perfect for what I am making. I only grow pickling cucumbers. They are great for pickles and I think the seeds are smaller when using them in salads and sandwiches. I will let you know in a few weeks or verdict. Thanks again.

  10. Sandi

    I’d like a pickle without Garlic my husband is not a fan, so do I have to use it??
    Thanks for the help

  11. Donna

    Am wondering why it is necessary to sterilize any canning jars when the produce we are putting in them to be canned or pickled are not sterilized and once in the jar, make it unsterlized as well? I have talked with Ball reps and of course they cannot go against their policy but one did mentioned she got my point. Esp, canning fruit and veggies when they are processed for more than 10 minutes, everything in the jar will be sterilized anyways. Anyone else wonder about this?

  12. Wade

    Do you have to leave these pics in the fridge?

    • Hi Wade, once the can is opened I would recommend storing them in the fridge. But once you can them, they should be safe on the shelf for up to 1 year.

  13. Sterling

    Can I use organic English Cucumbers? I am planning on making pickles as a wedding favor and I can get english cukes much cheaper.

    • Hi Sterling, yes I think you could use English cucumbers and it should be fine. I am assuming because they are organic, they won’t have that waxy coating on them that some grocery stores put on their produce. The wax is what would prevent the brine from soaking into the cucumber.

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