It was a warm summer day, and I was standing in my kitchen with a swarm of cucumbers spread all over my counter. Suddenly, my mother in law came through the door and said, “Okay, we are going to make pickles today!”
I looked at her bewildered and thinking to myself, “Ummm….I’ve never made pickles. Can you even do that?”
Because she was always so great at reading my mind, she said, “Yes, we are! And yes, you can!” I giggled under my breath because I knew she had read my mind again, and we took off on my first pickle-making experience.
So I want to share with you a few ways to make your own pickles. Today is going to be all about dill pickles because they have always been my personal favorite.
Plus, I’m going to give you multiple recipes to use these pickles. So when the weather is warm, and you have an abundance of cucumbers around you there will be no looks of bewilderment coming from you. You will be able to look at those cucumbers with confidence and know that they won’t go to waste on your watch.
1. Fast Garlic Dill Pickles
Garlic doesn’t always bring fond feelings to mind for people, but when you mention garlic and dill it begins to sound interesting and yummy.
So don’t be surprised when these garlic dill pickles get gobbled up almost as fast you can make them. It is a good thing they are fast to make because with all of their deliciousness, you’ll probably need more and fast.
2. Blue Ribbon Amish Dill Pickles
I’m a fan of all things Amish. They simply do a great job at everything that they do, from the furniture that they make to the delicious food. I have to stay away from the Amish stores in my area because the smell of bread leaves me drooling.
So why would these pickles be any different? Another great bonus to this recipe is that the pickles can be as sweet or sour as you desire.
3. The Classic Kosher Dill Pickle
This is basically the recipe I use every year to make my own dill pickles. I love a kosher dill pickle. They taste wonderful.
Plus, they pair so well with a warm or cold sandwich. Not to mention how delicious they taste along with a home grilled burger.
4. Dill-icious Crunchy Garlic Pickles
This is another super simple pickle recipe. Pickles (in my opinion) are one of the easiest things you can make homemade.
So this recipe isn’t any different, in my mind. It takes a little slicing of cucumber, the adding of a few spices, and pouring of a little vinegar solution. Next thing you know, you have some great tasting pickles on your hand.
5. Crunchy Dill Pickle
I am a huge fan of a crunchy dill pickle. It saddens my heart when I don’t hear that crunch and snap with each bite.
So needless to say, any recipe that includes crunchy in the recipe title is one I’m putting on my list of things to try. Which means if you like crunchy pickles, then you must try this recipe.
6. Best Ever Dill Pickles
I like this recipe because it is a simple recipe with great instructions. As I said, canning pickles is a pretty easy task. So don’t be intimidated by it.
However, this recipe seems even better (especially for the beginner) because there aren’t a bunch of different ingredients to fool with. You just get a simple and delicious pickle.
7. Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles
Are you a little on the impatient side? It happens to us all, right? Well, you no longer have to be patient for the perfect dill pickle.
That’s right. Thanks to this refrigerator recipe you simply place everything in the jar in layers and then place them in the fridge. In 24 hours you have your pickles.
8. The Perfect Pickles
This is another recipe that claims to make the perfect pickle. I think ‘perfect’ all depends upon taste, but why not try them to figure out if they are indeed your version of a perfect pickle?
Plus, if you are new to canning this recipe also offers a handy tutorial that is sure to help you gain confidence through this process.
9. Hamburger Dill Pickle Slices
Do you have a preference when it comes to how you make your dill pickles? Some people prefer chips to spears. While other people don’t care as long as they are crunchy and taste a lot like dill.
Well, if you prefer chips to spears then this recipe could be a great fit for you. Plus, it offers detailed instructions for those that have never made pickles before.
10. Fermented Crock Dill Pickles
Fermented foods are really good for our gut. As time rolls on people are beginning to realize that gut health can impact a lot of other areas of health too.
So that is what drew me to this recipe for pickles. They are fermented which is a great way to fix food to help your gut health. Plus, the instructions are very detailed and include lots of great pictures to help you along your way.
11. Cajun Dill Pickles
Cajun dill pickles are a little different take on the traditional dill pickle. However, not everyone wants a classic dill pickle all of the time. Changing things up every now and then is nice.
So why not change things up with this recipe? This recipe uses creole seasoning which means things might be a little spicier than usual but for those of us that like spice, that isn’t a bad thing.
12. Spicy Crunchy Dill Pickles
My husband and I like spicy food. I don’t get to make a ton of it because my kids aren’t a huge fan of it yet.
However, these dill pickles might be a nice treat for us and something that I could use in place of regular dill pickle while not upsetting the apple cart on burger night. If you’d like to be able to add a little extra spice in your meals, then you might want to give these dill pickles a try.
How Do I Use These Dill Pickles?
Having 12 dill pickle recipes is pretty awesome, but what do you do with all of these dill pickles once you make them?
Well, that’s a great question because for someone like me (who cans way too many pickles each year,) I need a way to utilize them so they don’t go to waste.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
You may not have ever thought of the idea of putting dill pickles in your pasta salad. Thankfully, someone did because I am a pasta salad fanatic.
So the idea of being able to get both my pasta salad fix and my dill pickle fix in one dish sounds incredible.
2. Dill Pickle Soup
Are you a vegetarian or maybe just looking for a different meatless meal a few nights a week? Either way, this dish could work for you. This soup appears to be frugal with ingredients and simple too.
Plus, it packs a lot of flavor into one little bowl. So if you’d like to play tricks on your taste buds, then give them a dill pickle in soup form.
3. Crispy Fried Dill Pickles
Probably one of my favorite dishes ever is a fried dill pickle. I’m not sure if it is the sour taste of the pickle, the crispy and buttery flavor of the batter, or the yummy dip that you dip them in.
However, this dish is absolutely delicious and this recipe can help you to get it on a plate in no time flat. So if you’d like to have a crispy fried treat sometime soon, then check this out.
4. Dill Pickle Bread
This recipe might seem unusual to some but it is actually a great and unique way to utilize those canned pickles from the year before.
So when you get the winter time blues just pull out a few jars of those pickles and make a delectable loaf of bread. You are sure to have fond memories of how great your garden was the previous year and look forward to the growing season to come.
5. Bacon Dill Pickle Grilled Cheese
Does your mouth not just water thinking about this delicious sandwich? I’m a huge grilled cheese sandwich fan.
But I don’t get to have a ‘grown-up’ grilled cheese very often. However, this definitely seems to fit the bill for that, and I think my smaller children would like it too.
6. Dill Pickle Vodka
This was a new idea for dill pickles if I’ve ever seen one. Yet, a lot of people really enjoy making their own homemade spirits.
So if this fits your taste, then you might want to put those dill pickles to use in making your own homemade adult beverage.
7. 4 Ingredient Dill Pickle Dip
This is a very frugal and simple recipe to make. It requires only some cream cheese, dill pickle juice, chopped dill pickles, and some fresh dill.
So you pair these items together and you have a magnificent dip that would go wonderfully with some wheat crackers, chips, or some crusty bread.
8. Dill Pickle Relish
I am a huge fan of dill pickle relish. My kids love hotdogs so when I break down and indulge with them, I do the best I can to make my hotdog an ‘adult hotdog.’ What I mean is I add items like chopped onions, chili, mustard, and some dill pickle relish.
So if you are like me, and use your relish to dress up simple dinner items, then you’ll love this recipe. It packs a punch with last year’s pickles.
9. Dill Pickle Slaw
As soon as I saw this recipe my mouth began drooling. That happens a lot with me and dill pickles if you aren’t noticing.
But I could just envision this going so well with a burger or barbeque. However, it would add a little extra kick where regular coleslaw just doesn’t, usually.
10. Dill Pickle Roast Beef
You might not think of dill pickles and roast beef as a good match, but according to this recipe, they go hand in hand.
So if you are looking for a recipe that is a little different from most other roasts you’ve eaten, then give this one a try. It might be packing that little kick that you didn’t know you were missing in other roast recipes.
11. Dill Pickle Potato Salad
I bet you didn’t guess that I’m also a huge fan of potato salad? I am! I love all of these basic wonderful dishes that pair well with any backyard barbeque feast.
So if you like potato salad too, then why not combine your love for it and dill pickles? It looks delicious and is a dish that will hopefully leave you with a large smile on your face.
Well, now you have 12 different dill pickle recipes to choose from and 11 new recipes to help you utilize them in different ways.
But we’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you have a special dill pickle recipe that you’d like to share with us? Do you have any pointers on canning your own dill pickles? What about a great recipe to help utilize dill pickles in a non-traditional way?