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From the kitchen: The Best Pickles EVER!

February 26, 2013



When you’re husband decides he wants to get in the kitchen and make something yummy…you sit back, kick up those heels and give the man free rein. Evan’s a pretty good cook all around, but there are a handful of things that he’s the master of at our house: 1. fried eggs, 2. braised short rib, and 3. pickles! I can’t really remember the first time or why Evan ever started making pickles, but I’m so glad he did. They are good! REALLY good! So good, we gave them out at our wedding as favors. The secret (we think) is in his no-cook brine, it helps keep the pickle chips firm and crispy, even weeks later. For years, Evan kept his recipe a secret. He wouldn’t even share it with his own family! And if we weren’t married, I’m not sure he would have ever shared it with me either! But recently, he decided it was silly to keep this recipe to himself. Recipes were made to be shared, right? Right! So here it is guys, for the first time ever, the Parsons recipe for refrigerator pickles just for you! It’s the simplest thing in the world, but so SO delicious! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! -xo

p.s. these guys make excellent gifts!





The Best Pickles EVER! (original recipe by my husband, Evan Parsons)

Yields: 6-1/2 pint jars


  • 6 pickling cucumbers (pick the firmest ones you can find)
  • 6 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry dill (works better than fresh in this recipe)
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons finely ground sea salt (finely ground is important as it dissolves faster)



Making the brine:

  • In a large measuring cup with a pouring spout (4 cups or larger), combine vinegar, water and salt. Stir well, until salt is dissolved. Set aside.

Filling jars:

  • Slice cucumbers into 1/2″ thick chips (rounds).
  • Fill jars with sliced cukes, each will hold about 1 whole cucumber. Add 1 garlic clove and 1/4 teaspoon dry dill in each jar. Top jars off with brine mixture until just full. Screw lids on tight and refrigerate for at least 1 week. These guys get better with time, we like them best after 2 weeks. Jars keep in the fridge for up to 2 months. ENJOY!

(NOTE: We’ve tested a variety of cucumbers and found that pickling cucumbers are, BY FAR, the best choice. We recommend them for this recipe)

19 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2013 11:04 am

    Yup. I’m making these. I loooooove pickles!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      February 27, 2013 12:39 pm

      I love how sure you sound. Yup, you’re making these :)

  2. February 26, 2013 11:59 am

    Pickles as wedding favors. What a great idea. You man certainly cooks “man” food, short ribs, eggs and pickles…I love it. I am going to try your recipe tomorrow. I love pickles so very much.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      February 27, 2013 12:49 pm

      Thanks Connie! They were a hit, I think. We still get wedding pickle requests from friends! And yes, Evan is a manly man when it comes to food– meat, potatoes, beer, bbq, and so on :) He does have a lighter side though, he grew up with a vegetarian older sister and loves a good veggie meal as well!

  3. February 26, 2013 1:14 pm

    This is really making me look forward to summer! I’m surprised I haven’t turned into a pickle I love them so much, can’t wait to try your recipe :)

  4. February 26, 2013 6:36 pm

    I have so much trouble keeping my pickles crisp. I’m going to try this recipe!

  5. February 26, 2013 6:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ve always wanted to try making pickles!

  6. February 26, 2013 9:28 pm

    Omg these sound amazing!! Thanks for sharing it!!

  7. February 26, 2013 11:11 pm

    I’m going to try this, thank you for the share :)

  8. Mert Parsons permalink
    February 27, 2013 12:21 am

    I don’t know when he started doing this either — he certainly didn’t learn it from his Momma! And his brother’s pickles are different, too.

  9. VVernhard permalink
    February 27, 2013 3:52 am

    Reblogged this on KP28 – Soul Food und kommentierte:
    klingt relativ einfach. sollte man(n/frau) probieren :)

  10. February 28, 2013 1:38 pm

    Gotta love pickles!

  11. July 30, 2013 3:40 pm

    Have you ever made these and added sliced carrots or other vegetables? My husband just canned some extra garlic dill pickles and had some that didn’t fit in the jars. I used the cucumbers he had left and made a couple jars using your recipe. Since they didn’t quite fill the jars I added some sliced carrots. Hoping for the best!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      July 31, 2013 12:51 am

      Yes! We’ve used this pickling recipe for many veggies, carrots included!

  12. December 23, 2013 10:45 am

    My son chose to make these as gifts for our family and we cannot wait to try them! I shared a picture in my Instagram page, and have had a ton of requests to share the recipe. Do you mind if I share it on my web page with a link back?
    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      December 23, 2013 10:48 am

      Hi there! You’re son sounds awesome!! And of course your can share the recipe on your site. I hope you enjoy them. We think they’re best after about 2 weeks! xoxo


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