polish dill pickles

These Polish dill pickles taste just like the jarred ones from the store! Belveder Polish dill pickles are everything dill pickles should taste like and now you can make them at home, easily!

When cucumber season hits you can your own. Pickled cucumbers are done easily with this oven method and they taste just like my favorite brand.  I love to purchase the Belveder polish pickles (my favorite canned pickles) and when I experimented with some brine recipes, I got a winner. I cannot rave enough about these Polish dill pickles they are the best copycat to Belveder’s brand and super simple to make.

Not sure how to use up pickles? Try our Olivye (Ukrainian potato salad) or pickle soup!

Polish dill pickles recipe

Polish dill pickles are easy to make! You simply pack fresh cucumbers and spices into jars and pour a hot brine over the top. The jars get sealed for a water bath or left open for the oven method. Once processed, you’ve got pickles!

Tips for canning dill pickles

  • smaller cucumbers have less flesh and seeds on them, creating a firmer texture. You can also pack more cucumbers into jars when there smaller
  • bayleaves, garlic, peppercorns and dill are the most common and staple ingredients for canning pickles, with these you can still get authentic tasting dill pickles without the mustard seeds, horseradish roots or other fancy ingredients
  • both, water bath and oven baked method will work for canning these pickles
  • fancy equipment is not needed to can goods, however they do help with making the process easier
  • when processing cans always try to start heating the water bath water or oven gradually to prevent the jars from exploding.
  • save your jar bands and jars for another canning experience. just purchase new lids for every new batch
  • once lids are properly sealed you can unscrew the bands and use them for other canning projects. the lids will stay sealed

Tools for home canning

Handy equipment makes canning a breeze! Have old mason jars? Don’t toss them! You can re-use old jars and bands just purchase new lids to ensure proper sealing. Here are some very handy equipment that have helped me with making canning easier!

  • funnel-such a nice tool to pour liquid into the jars without a huge mess!
  • jar lifter-so nice to lift hot jars out of a water bath or move from place to place while hot
  • canner– so convenient for processing lots of jars! Using a regular pot may take unto multiple batches since not all cans can fit at one time but this canner is spacious! And you can double stack pint sized jars!

Is it safe to process pickles in the oven?

Processing pickles is safe and proven with this oven method. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. Once the brine is in the jars transfer them to a cold oven and start heating your oven with the jars in it. This distributes heat gradually and may prevent the jars from bursting on you. Same rule follows for water baths, if you were to add them to boiling hot water rapidly your jars can pop on you. Your pickles are done in the oven when they change colors from a fresh looking cucumber to a dull and darker shade of green.

How do I know if my cans sealed properly?

You know your can has sealed properly when there is no leakage and the air is sucked tightly in. If you were to press down on the lid it won’t pop in or out on you. For more in-depth information in how to can visit this canning guide article.

What’s the difference between dill pickles and Polish dill pickles?

Dill pickles vary from recipe to recipe as each brine consists of different proportions of sugar, water and vinegar. Some can be sweet while others more sour. Add-ins can also make a difference in taste and appearance. I find Polish dills to be on the sweeter side.

Can I water bath my canned pickles instead?

Large cucumbers fit better in half gallon jars and those won’t fit a smaller pot or canner properly. The oven method fits tall jars and makes for a big batch at one time. However, if using small cucumbers then 1 quart jars will work great for a water bath.

Polish Dill Pickles

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 quarts
Author: Alyona's Cooking
These Polish dill pickles taste just like the jarred ones from the store! Belveder Polish dill pickles are everything dill pickles should taste like and now you can make them at home, easily!

Ingredients

Pickles

  • 4 lbs cucumbers
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 20 peppercorns
  • 2 dill stems with flowers cut into 3" pieces
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves halved

Brine

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp salt

Instructions

How to make Polish Dill Pickles

  • Wash jars and lids with hot soapy water and set aside.
  • Evenly divide the onion slices, peppercorns, dill stems, bay leaves and garlic into 4 (1-quart) jars. Pack washed cucumbers tightly into each jar and set aside.
  • Bring all the brine ingredients to a boil. Pour over each jar covering the pickles.
  • Place jars into the oven and heat oven to 350° F. Bake 25 minutes or until cucumebrs change in color (into a dull green shade.)
  • Using oven mits, seal lids on each jar. Cool jars and store in a cool place.

Notes

FOR WATER BATH METHOD: seal lids right after you add the brine and place into a pot of cool tap water. Bring water to a boil and process jars for 25 minutes. 
Can add 1 whole all spice for additional flavor. 
For additional cucumbers double the brine and spices. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1quartCalories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1771mgPotassium: 629mgFiber: 3gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 327IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 1mg

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10 comments

    • Katie

    I tried this and mine turned out bitter. Anything I should do differently?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Katie the brine is semi-sweet and sour it shouldn’t be bitter, but could it be bitter pickles? I was told depending on when you pick your pickles they can be very bitter so pick them early morning or late evening.

    • Angela

    re;Oven method; do you place jars in oven without lid???

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Angela, to can pickles or tomatoes in the oven place all jars on a large baking sheet with a little water in the sheets so the jars don’t burst. Turn on the oven and don’t put the lids on. Once the oven preheats time them for 20 minutes then remove and seal with lids. That’s it.

    • Lyudmila Dovgan

    Can I use this brine to make sliced circles instead whole pickles?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Lyudmila, I think that would fine, this brine is not too sweet and very pleasant!

    • Michael

    I made and processed these jars in a water bath a couple of days ago and I was wondering how long should we wait until we eat them. Are they ready right away or should we wait 1-3 weeks?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Michael, it’s said that you should wait at least a month before opening pickled tomatoes, so I’d wait a few weeks for pickles too. Let me know how they turned out for you!

    • Billy

    Your photos look great! Love learning new ways to make my own dill pickles at home. What makes these pickles polish specifically? Thanks for sharing!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Billy, they taste like the Polish dill pickles I buy from the store, which is why I gave them that name.

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