homemade pickles homemade pickles Israeli Kitchen Here is an easy way to make your own pickles, complete with a zesty garlic enhancement. (Photo: nata_nytiaga / Shutterstock)

How to make your own garlic pickles

Make your own crunchy garlic pickles in minutes – and enjoy in just a few days.

  • Yield: 2 jars (10 pickles)
  • Prep time: 10 minutes

One of my favorite additions to a fresh falafel pita is Israeli pickles. They’re intensely pickled, and work beautifully with the other veggies that fill up a traditional falafel pita. But sometimes I’m craving a lighter pickle – one that retains its former glory as a bright green mini cuke. This is the recipe for those crunchy beauties.

It’s super easy to make your own refrigerator pickles and customize to your taste. Go heavier on the vinegar, pickling spice or salt. And if you like your pickles on the sweeter side, add a dash of sugar. This recipe is no-fail, and a fun way to make your own healthy, crunchy snack (pita and falafel optional).


  • 10 Kirby cucumbers
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 2-3 cup distilled or purified water


Wash cucumbers well, and place into the two jars.

Divide garlic cloves, pickling spice and salt and pour into each jar.

Add ½ cup of both types of vinegar to each jar, and then fill with distilled or purified water to the top.

pickling processYou can add all manner of savory spices to the mix and let it sit for weeks to soak in all that flavor. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Shake jars well, and then place in refrigerator. Allow to sit for several days or up to a few weeks. If you like a more flavorful pickle, slice into spears or rounds and return to jar to soak up more of the spice.

homemade pickles cut into slicesPickles are among the easier recipes to try, and they're pretty much impossible to mess up. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

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