Easy Homemade Pickles

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Spicy-sweet homemade refrigerator pickles. You might want to make 2 batches. These crunchy little dills with a bite will be gone before you know it. 

Easy Homemade Pickles, FTW! 

Good friends and fun-filled days on the farm are what summer days are made of!  When out of town guests visit for the weekend, they often request a trip to the Farmer’s Market, I we are always more than happy to oblige. We are always game for stocking up on in-season pickling cucumbers for whipping up a quick and easy batch of these sweet and spicy homemade refrigerator pickles.  Because we are never ones to neglect our taste buds, these homemade pickles made with some beautiful fresh pickling cucumbers were prepared as soon as we returned home.

Intimidated By Pickling? 

Don’t be. There are many different ways to pickle with varying results, but quick pickling is easy and can result in a really tasty finished product without all the fuss. For these sweet and spicy refrigerator pickles, that’s just the method we used. It’s an easy recipe that we think is simply the best!

pot of pickling spices and vinegar with ladle next to jar of sliced cucumbers

What Are The Different Types of Pickles?

For the most part, pickles can be divided into three categories: Dill, Sour, and Sweet. And if you ask just about anyone, you’re sure to hear that not all pickles are created equal. Throughout our culinary journey we've found pickles to be one of the more divisive foods. And while we can’t promise that this recipe will win over the most ardent of pickle haters (but really it will), we can guarantee that they are sure to please just about everyone else as they’re the loveliest combo of sweet, spicy, and tangy, making them ideal for topping burgers, hot dogs, in tuna, on a cheese board, or just crunching solo.

How Long Do Quick Pickles Take To Make? 

Great question! Many people think of pickling as a really tedious and involved process (and it certainly can be), but these are quick pickles. After just 24 hours in their brine, they’re ready to be enjoyed. Can we get an amen?

Are Pickles Good For Your Health? 

They certainly can be. The longer the pickle is allowed to ferment, the more “good bacteria” can grow, which is incredibly helpful for gut health. Not to mention, cucumbers in some vingary brine is about as innocent a snack as there is...so crunch away!

overhead of easy homemade pickles in a jar

Tools You Will Need To Make Homemade Pickles. 

Farmer's Market Pickles.

For more really simple and tasty farm-forward recipes, be sure to check out these previous posts for inspiration: 

Are You a Homemade Pickle Lover Now? 

We’re crazy for this recipe, and we think you will be, too! Snap a photo of your easy homemade pickles and maybe even a video of you making them! Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Slightly Sweet & Spicy 24 Hour Pickles

Serves 1


1 ½ lbs pickling cucmbers, washed, cut into ¼ inch-thick rounds
1/2 sweet onion, sliced
2 tbsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp peppercorns (I used a mixed variety)
2 Serrano peppers, sliced into 4 long pieces
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1-2 tbsp kosher slat
2 tsp dried dill
1 quart size Mason jar with lid (or other heat roof containers with tight fitting lid)


  1. Divide sliced onion between mason jars. Pack cucumbers horizontally in jars. Slide serrano peppers alongside cucumbers, taking care not to handle the seeds to much! Top each jar with 1 teaspoon dill.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle or resealable plastic bag and mallet, crush the seeds and peppercorns together.
  3. Place the crushed spices in a saucepan along with vinegar, water, sugar and salt.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. When sugar dissolves, ladle mixture evenly over cucumbers.Taking care to evenly disperse the seeds and peppercorns among each jar. Make sure all your cucumbers are covered in liquid. Leave uncovered of the counter for 30 mins. After the brine has had a chance to cool, cover the jars with tight fitting lids, and place in the refrigerator for 21 hours. The pickles will be nice and crunchy and will keep covered in refrigerator for 1 week.