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These Kosher Pickles taste like the ones you can pick up at any Jewish Deli in New York! They are garlic dill pickles. Emphasis on garlic!

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Kosher Dill Pickles

Are Kosher Pickles actually Kosher?

According to Wikipedia, “A “kosher” dill pickle is not necessarily kosher in the sense that it has been prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary law. Rather, it is a pickle made in the traditional manner of Jewish New York City pickle makers, with a generous addition of garlic and dill to a natural salt brine.”

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So it is with these pickles, they are not kosher, per se, only made with lots of garlic and dill!

Kosher Pickles can be cold packed or traditional water bath canned. As with all cold-packed canned goods, these must be stored in the refrigerator and will have a shorter shelf life than their water bath canned counterparts. If you are in a hurry, just cold pack them. Just know that you should use them up within 3 months or so.

What you need

  • cucumbers – choose small pickling cucumbers
  • coarse kosher salt or sea salt
  • sugar
  • black peppercorns or course ground black pepper
  • coriander seed
  • dried chilis
  • white vinegar
  • garlic – use fresh whole cloves of garlic
  • dill seed or a couple of fresh heads of dill

How to make Kosher Pickles

  1. Wash pickling cucumbers well.
  2. Cut spears or slices, depending on what shape you prefer.
  3. Peel garlic.
  4. Measure vinegar. Heat to boiling.
  5. Sterilize jars. See here for different sterilization methods.
  6. Add cucumbers to jars.
  7. For spears, lay jars on their sides to fill them to make it easier to stuff them into jar.
  8. Add spices.
cucumbers on bamboo board. Cucumbers sliced into spears and rounds. Garlic on bamboo board. Vinegar in measuring cup. Empty, sterilized canning jar. Cucumber chips packed into jar. jar layed on side packed with cucmber spears. Spices added to jars.Pin

Fill jars with hot liquid, leaving ½ inch of headspace, then add garlic and dill.

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Wipe the edges of jars with a damp paper towel. Place hot lid on jar. Affix bands and fingertip tighten. If water bath canning, place in the canning pot. Low boil for 15 minutes for pints. 20 minutes for quarts. If cold-packing, allow to cool to room temperature and refrigerate.

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Kosher Pickles

These Kosher Pickles taste like the ones you can pick up at any Jewish Deli in New York! They are garlic dill pickles. Emphasis on garlic!
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5 from 5 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 quarts
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $5



  • Slice cucumbers into either spears or rounds. (see post for photos)
  • Add half of the spices and sugar and salt to each jar.
  • Pack jars with pickles. (Load spears with jars turned on to their sides.)
  • Bring vinegar to boil in small pot.
  • Pour hot vinegar into jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
  • Wipe rims of jars with damp paper towel.
  • Place lids on jars. Tighten bands, fingertip tight.

Cold Packed Kosher Pickles

  • Allow jars to come to room temperature on counter.
  • Store in refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Water Bath Canned Kosher Pickles

  • Place jars into water bath canning pot. Low boil for 15 minutes for pints and 20 minutes for quarts.
  • Allow to cool on counter until room temperature.
  • Check lids for seal. If lid flexes up and down, when pressed in center, jar is not properly sealed and must be stored in refrigerator.
  • If jar is sealed, store in a cool, dark place for about one year.
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Can substitute homemade Pickling spice for the spices in the recipe. 
Follow proper canning procedures, for more information, see here.
Note: If you would like to make spears, slice cucumbers lengthwise to desired thickness. 3 1/2 lb. of cucumbers yields approximately 2 quarts. ****See post above for process photos that suggest the best way to load spears into jars*****
Calorie counts are for approximately 1 quart of pickles. 


Serving: 1quart | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14167mg | Potassium: 1020mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 3mg
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Originally published October 4, 2019. Updated with new content April 21, 2022.

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    1. The recipe is for 2 jars, so add half of the spices and sugar to each jar. I have changed the instructions to make that more clear. Thanks for checking out the recipe Nancy!

    1. No. I use a quarter of a cup for the whole recipe which is 2 quarts. Thanks for checking out the recipe~

    1. I so sorry Tom. That got through our proofreaders! It should be 4 cups of vinegar. Once the jars are packed, this should be sufficient to cover them. I’ve changed the recipe. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  1. Can I sub dill weed for dill seed? I have no access to fresh dill, and I have no dill weed!

    1. Dill seed is stronger than dill weed. Definitely add less. It may make a small difference, but they should still be good.

  2. 5 stars
    These look delicious! I love all the spices and flavor combinations! Definitely adding to my list of things to try! Thanks for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    I made these pickles last week and they turned out fantastic! This will definitely be my new go to recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    These pickles are so tasty! I love garlic so I knew I had to give these a try and they did not disappoint! So easy to put together and delicious to enjoy.

    1. I’m so glad you liked them Luci! I love how easy pickles are to make! Thanks for letting me know!

  5. 5 stars
    Cucumbers are in season and there are plenty of beautiful looking ones in the market. This recipe is timely and definitely a keeper.

    1. Mine won’t be ready for about a month! I can’t wait because I’m out of pickles! Thanks Anita!

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