Refrigerator Garlic Dill Spears


These dill spears are excellent on sandwiches, eaten plain, or chopped up for a hot dog topping.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 23 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
2 days
2 quarts


  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 4 teaspoons dill seed

  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns

  • 3 pounds kirby cucumbers (or other unwaxed, small-seeded 4- to 5-inch pickling cucumbers)

  • 2 ¼ cups apple cider vinegar

  • 2 ¼ cups water

  • 6 ¾ teaspoons pickling salt


  1. Divide garlic, dill, and peppercorns between 2 clean quart jars. Wash cucumbers and trim away blossom ends. Cut each into 6 to 8 spears. Pack spears vertically and snugly into jars.

  2. Stir together vinegar, water, and salt in a small nonreactive pot, and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir and reduce heat, if necessary, until salt dissolves. Remove from heat. Pour or ladle hot brine into jars, covering cucumbers and leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Tap jars gently to remove any air bubbles. Add more brine if necessary to leave 1/2 inch headspace. Wipe rims clean with a damp paper towel.

  3. Let cool completely to room temperature, about 1 hour. Apply clean lids. Refrigerate at least 48 hours before eating for best flavor. (Flavor improves with time.) Store in refrigerator up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

19 Calories
0g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 19
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 789mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 131mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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