How to Make Small Batch Dill Pickles

July 11, 2021

Quick & Easy Small Batch Dill Pickle Recipe

Are you looking for a small batch pickling recipe for your garden harvest? This post will walk you through how to quickly and easily pickle your cucumbers in a small batch so you can have crunchy, crispy, dill pickles whenever you’re craving them!

Is there anything better than crunchy dill pickle slices on a cheeseburger? Beef, cheese, tomato, lettuce, and some nice crunchy pickles. It’s the best. 

We were meal planning for our week a few weeks ago and we wanted to grill burgers during the week. I saw it as the perfect opportunity to try my hand at converting my pickling recipe to a small scale recipe that could be used at any time. 

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I wanted to see if I could pickle just a couple jars of cucumbers to have homemade pickles whenever. And guess what? You ABSOLUTELY can. So here’s my adaptation of my dill pickle recipe to a small-batch dill pickle recipe. 

Quick & Easy Small Batch Dill Pickle Recipe

What Equipment do I Need to Make Small-Batch Dill Pickles?

The nice thing about doing small batch pickling is you can do this recipe right in your kitchen, and you don’t need a ton of equipment. This is a great recipe to use if you are just learning to can, and trying to decide if canning is something you really want to pursue. Here’s the equipment you will need to make these small-batch pickles. 

Jars, Rings & New Lids

This recipe will still seal your jars using heat, so they have a longer shelf life, but I only used two pint jars, rings and lids when I made this recipe. These are the jars that I use, and while they come in a pack of a dozen, and we’re only using two jars for this recipe, TRUST ME, the other ten jars will get used. 

Canning Kit

Even though this recipe is for a small batch of pickles, you’ll still be working with boiling water and boiling brine, so I recommend a canning kit that has tongs and a funnel so you can care for your hands and not burn yourself when transferring brine or moving the hot jars. Here’s the canning kit I have,  but here is also a similar kit

Small Batch Dill Pickle Recipe

What Types of Cucumbers Should I Use for my Small-Batch Pickles?

I have used a few different varieties of cucumbers for my pickle recipes, and my suggestion is to experiment and see what type you like best. 

This recipe is great if your garden harvest is small and your cucumber plants just produce a few fruits at a time. 

Or, you might be like me, and you were just craving a jar of pickles, and you don’t have a garden this year. If that’s the case, you can just go to the grocery store or farmers market and buy a couple cucumbers. For this recipe I used English cucumbers and they turned out crispy and crunchy. 

How Long Can I Store My Small Batch Dill Pickles?

I typically try to keep my canned goods no longer than 18 months, and the same is true for these small batch dill pickles. Once you open a jar (and if you don’t eat them all in one setting), store them in your refrigerator for up to three months.

I hope you enjoy! If you’re looking for more easy canning and pickling recipes, try out these!

Quick and Easy Pepper Jelly You can Make in an Hour

Four Ingredient Strawberry Jelly

Lazy Gal’s Guide to Canning Tomatoes

Small Batch Dill Pickle Recipe
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Small Batch Dill Pickles

A Quick & Easy Recipe to Make a Small Batch of Dill Pickles
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword dill pickle recipe, diy dill pickles, easy dill pickles, small batch canning
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 days
Servings 4


  • 2 cucumbers sliced into ⅛ inch slices
  • 1 tbsp dill divided between two jars
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 C water
  • 1 C white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/8 C pickling salt


  • Clean and sanitize two pint mason jars. I sanitize by using the sanitize cycle on the dishwasher.
  • Bring a pot of water to boil (separate from the water listed above in the ingredients), and place rings and lids in the water to boil.
  • In a separate pot, combine water, vinegar, sugar and salt. Bring to boil.
  • In the bottom of pint jars, add dill, garlic and crushed pepper flakes. Pack jars with sliced cucumbers.
  • Pour brine over cucumbers, leaving a ½ inch head space. Seal jars with hot lids and rings. Flip jars over and allow to rest on counter for 24 hours.
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9 thoughts on “How to Make Small Batch Dill Pickles”

  1. 5 stars
    These pickles are insane!!!! I omitted sugar and added a slice of white onion to jar. Best pickles ever!!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Love how easy and quick this recipe is! I also love that it’s perfect for small batches! I’ve been getting just enough cukes from my garden to make this recipe every few days! Can’t wait to eat them in the winter time! Thank you!

  3. I found this recipe, and I’m excited to try it. I just have one question, I noticed that you didn’t actually process the jars in your recipe. Are these pickles still shelf stable? sorry if that’s a silly question, I’m still new to canning and trying to make sure I don’t accidentally poison my family, haha.
    thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Meagan! You’re right! I don’t process. I heat the jars and heat the brine, and once the brine is in the jar, I flip the jar over on the counter and leave them to sit for 24 hours. This seals the jars to make them food safe.

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