Pickling Made Easy with Dad’s Classic Recipe

It’s hard to say if growing or preserving cucumbers is easier. In this post, I share Pickling made easy with Dad’s classic recipe and let you decide.

Dad’s Classic Pickle Recipe

cucumbers freshly cut in jars

You’ll want to print this recipe to add to your cookbook.  Be sure to laminate it so you don’t get pickling juice all over it. Take advantage of the print option in the recipe share below.  Let me know what you think about it by sharing on social media and tagging me @brenhaas.

Pickling Made Easy | Dads Pickle Recipe

Pickling Made Easy | Dads Pickle Recipe


  • 3 c.sugar
  • 3 c.vinegar
  • 3 tsp.salt
  • 5 cups of Cucumber slices
  • 2 Yellow Banana Peppers
  • FOR HEAT : jalapeno / Hungarian hot ( banana )
  • For COLOR : don't be afraid to add a orange or red hot pepper!
  • Garlic ( fresh cloves)


  1. Place sugar, vinegar and salt in pot
  2. Heat and stir until sugar dissolves.
  3. Slice peppers lengthwise; remove seed and caps.
  4. add a clove of garlic
  5. Place in sterilized jars; pack tightly.
  6. Pour syrup over peppers; seal.
  7. Let set for several weeks; serve.

A Few Important Things To Remember About Pickling

I have been using the recipe above as long as I have been canning… I think I was 7 when I first packed a jar with my Dad.  Remember to follow the directions on your canning jar labels for proper handling or check out the links below.

It all started in my greenhouse with a few little seeds that I received from the Toledo Growers Seed Swap. This year I have saved my own seeds from the harvest to continue growing next year.

cucumbers I started from seed

In the photo above are the cucumbers I have growing on trellis’  in the veggie garden. My veggie garden is pretty ‘darn’ big but the cucumbers take up a space measuring 4’x4′. You don’t need fancy store-bought trellis’ for your cucumbers to stay compact. We have used 3 pieces of leftover wood stakes, drilled a hole at the top with a ‘twist tie’ to hold the T-P together. I use garden twin tying the strong up and gently placing the cucumber vine as it grows. I have been using these for five years now. ( not in these photos)

baby cucumber on the vine with dill next to it

The photo above shows my two pickling cucumber plants that are over in my Greenhouse Landscape project featured in the raised beds. There are a lot of fun annuals and herbs growing in this box as well. The funny thing is, I have harvested more cucumbers from this location than the four in the veggie garden. Can you see the little baby cucumber growing?

Let’s Connect

Thank you for stopping by my site today.   I hope I have encouraged you to try canning up some of your own pickles or ones you find at the local farmers market. Happy Growing your own and be sure to comment below so we can ‘can’ together, (giggle).  You can also find me on social media at @brenhaas.  

Bren Haas

Post Updated 9/2020

Bren Haas

Bren Haas

Bren Haas is the creator of GardenChat which is the first online gardening social community using social media. Her website features gardening tips and tricks, recipes, travel ideas, product reviews, and social media how-to help from her personal and unique experiences.

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9 thoughts on “Pickling Made Easy with Dad’s Classic Recipe”

  1. I did refrigerator sweet pickles for the first time in my life over the weekend! They taste AMAZING! And it was so easy. I’ll be doing these again. I grew my cucumbers in the EarthBox Mom handed down to me and wow…fabulous growth and production.


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