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Learn How to Make Dill Pickles With This Easy Recipe

Here's how to make dill pickles from the comfort of your own kitchen using cucumbers that are about to go to waste.

how to make dill pickles
Written by
Samantha Bailon
The pickle is everywhere. From
, the foodstuff is winning hearts with its salty, snackable crunch and probiotic benefits.
Pickles aren't a naturally-occurring food—they're brined cucumbers, and are named for the process that creates them. Have extra cucumbers? Want to preserve some food? Now's the perfect time to learn how to make dill pickles to better prepare for the continued popularity of the crunchy, gut-friendly option.
To try your hand at at-home pickling, look to
Ella Henry
—holistic gut health specialist and founder of Glow with Ella—and her
viral recipe
that has more than 10 million views.
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Aside from offering an opportunity to try your hand at something new in the kitchen, learning how to make dill pickles is a great way to reduce your
food waste
. And considering that, according to the
, food waste accounts for 30 to 40% of our food supply, any change of routine is a welcome one. 
And once you polish off that jar of pickles, the juice can be used in the aforementioned ice pops and cocktails, sauces, or even to provide extra vitamins to your
acid-loving plants
Upcycling food
while boosting health, saving money, and helping the environment? Count us in. Here's how to make dill pickles, step by step.

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How to Make Dill Pickles

how to make dill pickles
3 large cucumbers
2 cloves of garlic
large handful dill
2 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp peppercorns
1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 jalapeño (if you like some spice)
1.5 cup apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
3 cups hot water
1. Slice the cucumbers into spears.
2. Place the cumber spears into a large jar. 
3. Combine ingredients.
4. Store them in your fridge for at least a week before eating for the best crunchy pickle.