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3-Step Pickles
Easy Homemade Pickles Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Biting into a crunchy pickle is one of life’s small pleasures. And you, dear reader, really should try making your own for a change. They taste better, and you can brag about how you made them yourself. The best part: This recipe for easy homemade pickles requires very little effort.

1 quart

12 Kirby cucumbers

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons mustard seeds

1 sprig fresh dill

2 cups apple cider vinegar

1¼ cups water

1 tablespoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1. Tightly pack the cucumbers into a heat-safe glass quart jar (or two pint jars). Add the garlic, mustard seeds and dill sprig to the jar.

2. In a small pot, bring the vinegar, water, salt and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat.

3. Pour the brine over the cucumbers and then seal the jar(s). Refrigerate for at least two days before opening, and up to two weeks.

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