Sweet and Sour German Dill Pickles

Sweet & Sour German Dill Pickles


  • 4 qts cucumbers, washed and sliced
  • 2 onions quartered
  • 2-4 heads dill weed
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup pickling salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp alum
  • 4 tsp chopped garlic


  1. Sterilize 4 - 1 qt jars (wide mouth works best); place sealing lids into hot water

  2. Place piece of onion and approximately 1/2 head of dill in the bottom of each jar

  3. Tightly pack cucumbers into each jar

  4. Top each jar with remaining onion and dill

  5. Place 1 tsp of chopped garlic in the top of each jar (if using)

  6. In a heavy bottomed pot, combine all remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil

  7. Pour hot syrup into the four jars and seal quickly

  8. Process as necessary

  9. For best flavour, allow to sit for at least a week