Dill Pickles - Waterbath Canning

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dill Pickles


Prep time:



13 cups sliced trimmed pickling cucumbers (1/4-inch lengthwise slices)

3 Tbsp Ball® Mixed Pickling Spice

4 cups cider vinegar

4 cups water

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup Ball® Salt for Pickling & Preserving

5 bay leaves

5 cloves garlic

2 1/2 tsp mustard seeds

5 heads fresh dill


Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready to use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set aside with bands.

Tie pickling spice in a square of cheesecloth, creating a spice bag, if desired.

Combine vinegar, water, sugar, pickling salt and spice bag in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Reduce heat and boil gently for 15 minutes, until spices have infused the liquid.

Place 1 bay leaf, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and 1 head of dill into a hot jar. Pack cucumber slices into jar leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Ladle hot pickling liquid into jar to cover cucumbers leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and re-measure headspace. If needed, add more pickling liquid to meet recommended headspace. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.

Process jars 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid, let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed.


As always, I am torn between re-writing canning directions with my own words, as the directions must be followed precisely.  The manufacturers doing the testing have written these recipes to follow certain guidelines that I would not want to make an error in by re-writing.

Please see the following link from Ball/Fresh Preserving Dill Pickles  

Its important to note that if you live at an elevation of 1000' or above, you need to adjust your processing times, and this is a solid link to this information and will not change as often as Ball feels like changing their information.


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