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Homemade German Pickles - Senfgurken

Homemade German Pickles, also called Senfgurken are refrigerator dill pickles that don't require canning.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Prep Time 2 days
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 days 5 minutes
Servings 32 pickles
Calories 9kcal
Author Jennifer Pullman


  • 4 large cucumbers
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 2 ½ cups vinegar I use white vinegar
  • 4 ½ teaspoons salt for brine
  • 4 ½ teaspoons sugar additional is used in the first step
  • Mustard seed - 1 tsp per jar
  • Fresh dill - 2-3 sprig per jar
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 4 mason jars


  • Peel cucumbers and remove seeds with a spoon.
  • Cut cucumbers into ¼-1/2 inch strips.
  • Layer cucumber slices in a large pot.
  • Sprinkle salt over each layer.
  • Cover with a plate and something heavy for weight.
  • Refrigerate 24-48 hours.
  • When ready to pickle, pour off water, dry with a paper towel.
  • Pack into 1-pint jars onion, cucumber, mustard seed, and dill.
  • Juice: bring water, vinegar, salt and sugar to a boil.
  • Pour hot juice into packed jars.
  • Let jar cool completely and then place into refrigerator.
  • Can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 months.


Tips to make pickles:
  • You don't need to use pint jars. You can use any size jar you have. We used to use old spaghetti sauce jars!
  • Extra salt is needed beyond the 4 ½ tsp.  The 4 ½ tsp is for the brine.  When you prep the cucumbers you are layering them into a pot in order to extract the excess water in the cucumbers. To do this we have to salt the cucumbers.  We salt each layer.  I just sprinkle the salt, so it's hard to measure exactly.
  • You don't have to place the ingredients in any particular order. Sometimes I add the mustard seed first to the jars, then add the cucumbers, onion, and dill.
  • Let the jars cool completely before placing the pickles into the refrigerator.


Serving: 1pickle | Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.3g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 219.6mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.8g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg