Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe

kosher dill picklesYou’re on your own for the corned beef and the herring. But if it’s Jewish deli style dill pickles you seek, you have found them.

Warning: Fermenting things is addicting. Don’t say i didn’t warn you. :)


4.5 from 2 reviews
Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe
Recipe type: pickle
These have the taste of the classic barrel-aged dill pickle of a Jewish deli, bursting with a nice boost of salt and a naturally-created tanginess. Cucumbers are the classic, but by all means, try this with green, unripened tomatoes or Brussels sprouts. And feel free to add additional flavorings such as celery seed, ajwain seed, cumin seed, dill seed, juniper, or whole mustard seeds.
  • About 2 pounds small Kirby, Persian or other small pickling cucumbers
  • ¼ cup kosher salt (or about 50 grams)
  • 3 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • One bunch fresh dill
  1. First, prepare the cucumbers. Scrub them really well, particularly the root ends, as these can leave your pickles soggy.
  2. Place the garlic, pepper, and dill in the bottom of a large glass jar or crock, and stack in the cucumbers. Pack them in as tightly as you can without bruising.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate pitcher, combine the salt with 1 quart of water until it makes a cloudy brine.
  4. Pour the brine over the cucumbers until they are completely covered in liquid (even if it means mixing up a second batch of brine). The vegetables will want to float: dissuade them from doing so by adding weight (such as a bag full of water over a drop lid) at the top of the jar to fully submerge them.
  5. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel to let air in and keep debris out. Let the jar or crock sit in a cool, dark place.
  6. After a few days, you will start to notice some small natural fermentation bubbles and a “pickled” aroma; this is good. You may also see mold spores or slime on top; remove them and discard, and keep checking for their reappearance very few days. Taste after 7-14 days (vegetables will ferment faster in warmer weather, and larger vegetable take longer to ferment). Feel free to let your pickles go longer if you’d like them to get more sour and tender (however, note that they will also continue to sour, albeit more slowly, in the fridge). Many people let them go for months for a really tangy taste.
  7. When they are ready to eat, either cover tightly or transfer to jars with lids and refrigerate. Be sure to evenly distribute the liquid with the solids (and if you need more liquid, mix up another batch of brine). These will keep refrigerated for several months. However, note that the flavor and the texture will continue to evolve, and that your pickles will be at their best after being refrigerated for about a week.
Time: About 1-3 weeks These pickles should not be canned.

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13 thoughts on “Kosher Dill Pickle Recipe

  1. Molly

    Hi there. This is my first experiment with fermented pickles, and I’m worried about the mold situation. A few of the cucumber stems keep poking up to surface level and that’s where most of the mold seems to be developing, then creeping down into the pickles and brine. Is the whole thing ruined? I scrubbed the cukes like you said, but they were beautifully clean to begin with, so not sure what I could have done differently. I’ve scraped as much of the mold off as possible every day or two, but it just keeps coming back. I’m all for experiments but I’m not sure I’ll be able to stomach eating these. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  2. Eva Jordan

    I have never left a comment on a recipe before but wanted to thank you for this recipe. My pickles are delicious and were so easy to make. The only thing different I did to your recipe was to add a bay leaf I picked (so it wasn’t completely dried). No scum, just a couple of floating white mold which I scooped out. I was afraid to try them but they smelled good and were crisp? How does that happen?? I just put my crock in the refrigerator and can’t wait to try them as they age.

  3. Marie

    Molly, you should have put a plate (just a little smaller than the diameter of your crock) on top of the cucumbers and then weighted that down with jars (or ziplock bags) filled with water. No cucumber stems should be poking up above the brine line.

  4. Deborah

    If you use one of those “Pickler” screw top lids you will not have to worry about the scum. These allow you to make fermented pickles without all the bother by allowing the gasses out but no air in. Great invention! Just do a search for it.

    1. Karen Solomon Post author

      Hi Erick! Unfortunately, not really. Fermented foods are living foods, and the process of canning for shelf stability requires a sterile environment. (Think about the taste of canned saurkraut vs. fresh.) Fermented foods can keep in the fridge for months, however. Just keep the pickles submerged in the brine and they will last for ages at the back of the fridge. Happy pickling!

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