Introduction: Easy Pickles With a Pickle Pipe

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This is my second Instructable using Pickle Pipes from Masontops. Be sure to check out my first one: Mason Jar Sauerkraut Made Easy with a Pickle Pipe.

Pickle Pipes are a nifty little silicon one-way waterless valve that fits on a mason jar and enables one to make things like pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi relatively pain-free.



  • 6 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 5 pickle cucumbers
  • 1 handful of fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp pickling spice mix
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 cups water

Step 1: Make a Brine

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Add the 6 tbsp kosher salt to the 2 cups of water and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave for 30 more seconds. Stir. Repeat until the salt is dissolved into the water. Note: You might only need a cup of this brine mixture, but surely no more than 2 cups.

Step 2: Prep Cukes

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Clean the pickle cucumbers well, and remove the flower end. Since I am doing spears instead of whole pickles, I also remove the other end to make them easier to quarter. If desired, quarter pickle cukes.

Step 3: Garlic

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Crush and peel the garlic cloves.

Step 4: Dill

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Cut the stems from the fresh dill and select 2 whole dried bay leaves.

Step 5: Jar Time

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Place the pickling spice, half the dill, and one garlic clove in the bottom of the mason jar. Add pickle cucumbers, then the brine until the pickles are covered. Stuff the remaining dill and garlic down among the cucumbers. Do not let the dill or garlic float on top of the brine, as this may promote mold growth.

Place the pickle pipe and ring on the mason jar and store in a cool, dark place for around 2 weeks.

After two weeks, your easy pickles are now ready to enjoy! Replace the pickle pipe with a regular mason jar lid and refrigerate.


ayates76 made it! (author)2017-07-14

So, a piece of my fresh dill over the last 4 days has found its way to the side edge of my glass weight. Is it more risky to leave the dill or to open the top and remove it? I am totally new to fermenting.

TheCoffeeDude (author)ayates762017-07-14

I would go ahead and remove it. If you have only had the lid on for 4 days, anything you let in will likely be expelled before your pickles are done. Having it sticking above the surface of the brine can encourage mold growth. One of the tricks I have learned is to put a piece of cabbage, the same size as the diameter of the jar, under the weights to keep things from popping up around the weights.

Anytime! I like to switch between refrigerator dills and fermented ones. I bought a hot canning kit, but haven't been brave enough to try it, yet.

ayates76 (author)TheCoffeeDude2017-07-15

Thanks! The cabbage leaf is a great idea! So excited to try them. I have been canning pickles all week but wanted some pickles with more health value! Thank you!

Roppelca (author)2017-03-25

Will these be crunchy? Do (should I) yoou add soemthing like black tea for tannin?

TheCoffeeDude (author)Roppelca2017-03-25

They aren't crunchy like a refrigerator dill, but I like that they have have a slightly different flavor and texture.

discowhale (author)2016-03-07

I have a question. If we're using this to ferment the foods, WHY do you suggest it going into the fridge?

I thought part of the point of fermenting was to preserve the foods? It's a system that's been around for thousands of years prior to even an ice box. I'm just trying to wrap my head around this, before I shell out $30 or $40 for the pipes, marbles, masher, etc.


Schteveo in NC

TheCoffeeDude (author)discowhale2016-03-07

It is a matter of individual taste. When my pickles and kraut reach the flavor that I like, I refrigerate them to slow the fermentation process so the flavor doesn't continue to change over time. Do I have to refrigerate them? No.

discowhale (author)TheCoffeeDude2016-03-07

Thanks CoffeeDude, you've answered my question.

Now, I can go buy some of those pickle valves!

TheCoffeeDude (author)discowhale2016-03-07

Anytime. Let me know how they turn out for you. BTW, the folks that maje them, Masontops, are good folks. I've chatted with them on Facebook and they were very responsive and offered some great advice.

Amyjustine (author)2016-03-03

In your recipe you call for 1 cup of water. But in the picture it shows a measuring cup with 2 cups of water. Which is the right one?

TheCoffeeDude (author)Amyjustine2016-03-03

A more accurate description would be "however much it takes to cover the pickles." I made 2 cups but only used 1. I appreciated you catching that and I will update it accordingly.

deki (author)2016-03-01

Have you experimented with hot spiced green beans?

TheCoffeeDude (author)deki2016-03-01

Not yet, but they are definitely on my list.

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