No Cook Pickles Recipe

8 Servings 10 minutes + 36 hours in fridge

Want some homemade probiotics for the winter? Have fresh tasting pickles in a couple of days.  Not boiling the vinegar or cucumbers allows the probiotics to grow. Keep in the fridge to stay fresh.  I re-use the brine for a few times.


  • 2 Tbsps apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 ½ C cold water
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2-4 Kirby cucumbers
  • 12 peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill or 2 inch sprig


  1. Mix vinegar, salt and water in a bowl. Let sit while preparing the other ingredients.
  2. Cut the cukes into spears or slices. Chop the garlic into large pieces.
  3. In a one quart glass jar, toss in half of the peppercorns and garlic pieces.
  4. Add the cuke spears or slices.  Fill the jar.
  5. Put in the dill and the rest of the spices.
  6. Pour the liquid making sure it covers the top of the cukes.
  7. Screw on the lid of the jar. Place in refrigerator for 24-48 hours.
  8. Enjoy with your FAV sandwich!

Note: Feel free to put in red pepper flakes or more spices. You can use the brine for beets. I would steam beet slices for 3-5 minutes first.

Abbreviations: C = cup; oz = ounce; Tbsp = tablespoon; tsp = teaspoon

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