What Are All the Different Types of Pickles?

Pickles are an indispensable part of our dishes, especially in winter. We put them in sandwiches, burgers, and salads. We also cannot imagine a barbecue without them. Many make them at home for the winter, and there are many recipes and variants on how to spice them up to satisfy everyone’s needs.

What are all the different types of pickles?  There are various types of pickles around the world, but the main types are dill, bread and butter, sweet, spicy, half sour and sour.

These pickles differ in the method of preparation but are not difficult to make at home.  All of these types of pickles can also be purchased in your supermarket, based on local tastes.  Keep reading to find out more about different types of pickles.


Dill pickles are the most common type of pickles. Recipes for them use the dill herb, sometimes dill oil and seeds, and that is the reason they got such a name. You can add dill to either vinegar brine or salt brine and different ingredients, like pepper or mustard.

Similar to dill pickles are kosher dill pickles that are almost the same thing, with some minor differences. Rabbi oversees kosher foods in Jewish tradition, but kosher pickles got their name from the traditional Jewish manner of preparation. Kosher dills contain garlic, and regular dills not. Besides, you can find some pickle spices in some kosher dills.

Another dill pickles are German dills. You need to peel these pickles before you put them in the brine. Some ingredients you can find in these pickles are mustard, dill, and other spices. Another name for them is mustard pickles.

Polish dills are sour and sometimes spicy pickles made with garlic, horseradish, dill, or spicy pepper. They do not have any vinegar in them. Instead, they have salt along with these ingredients. 

Bread and Butter

Bread and Butter pickles are a combination of sweet and sour, which makes them a good option for sandwiches, hamburgers, and barbecue. They got their name from the couple that made pickles back in the 1920s. Another claim name comes from the period of the Great Depression when people ate them with bread and butter sandwiches.

The brine has a lot of sugar and vinegar, and other ingredients you can find are mustard and celery seeds. The basic recipe also contains sweet onion slices.

It is better to use the freshest cucumber, preferably from the farm market. Pickling or baby cucumbers are ideal for the Bread and Butter recipe, but make sure they do not have any blemishes. As for sugar, you can use granulated or even caster sugar. When it comes to vinegar, the apple cider is the best as it complements all the spices.

Once you make your bread and butter pickles, they will last 3-4 months. During that time, they will have a good texture, but after that, they become softer.

A fast-food establishment that uses Bread and Butter pickles in its sandwiches and burgers is Wendy’s.


As the name says, sweet pickles mixture contains sugar, only a perfect amount for a sweet touch. Recipes for sweet pickles are different and also include vinegar, salt, and sliced onion. 

Sweet pickles are the first thing people prepare for winter. After all, everyone uses pickles as snacks that are part of salads or main dishes, so without them, it is almost impossible to imagine a homemade menu.

Besides, they are so easy to make. You need to combine cucumbers, onion, and salt. After you drain it, you add a cucumber mixture to your mix of water, sugar, and other ingredients. It does not take a lot of effort to make them, and you enjoy your sweet pickles for a year once you open them. 

Bread and Butter, Candied, No-Salt Sweet, and Sweet/Hot are variations of sweet pickles. Candied pickles include extra-sweet liquid or syrup. No-Salt Sweet pickles, as the name indicates, do not have salt in them. They are usually available as chips. Sweet/Hot pickles include hot spices and seasonings for piquant taste.

Novel products such as candy-cane pickles and pickle soft serve ice cream often use sweet pickles as the base. 


For those who love the spicy flavor, there are spicy pickles. You can make your pickling spice at home for a spicy kick or buy it in the store. Spicy pickle recipes usually contain garlic, dill, and red pepper.

Dill pickles and this mixture of spicy ingredients will surely satisfy every spicy food lover. If you want your pickles to be more pucker, add half cider vinegar and white vinegar to your brine.

Spicy pickles are an amazing addition to your hot dog and barbecue. Sometimes they are not easy to find in the stores, but you can always give it a try and make them at home. They will provide you with a decent amount of spiciness, and you can add more heat with chili peppers if you prefer.

Half Sour and Sour

Half sour and sour pickles achieve tangy flavor through the process of fermentation. Half sour pickles are a true classic. They are vinegar-less and only contain water, pickling salt, and spices. When you eat these pickles within six weeks, they are half-sour. When pickles achieve full fermentation, they become full sour.

The percentage of salt you put in pickles should not be less than 3% by weight of water, as this percentage is generally safe for fermentation. Salt prevents the formation of bad bacteria, or rot and you definitely want to avoid that.

Many add garlic, dill, and pickling spices to the brine. People consider sour pickles healthy as they contain probiotics that are good for immune system function. They also contain vitamins A and K.

Fermentation as a food preservation process has existed for a long time. Unlike cucumbers in vinegar, vinegar is not present in these pickles, and the key difference is that the presence of lactobacilli keeps them from spoiling. On the other hand, vinegar dill pickles use vinegar for flavor, kill all beneficial bacteria, and do not have probiotic benefits.

Some people are not fans of vinegary pickles. The good thing is that fermented pickles do not taste like vinegar. Instead, they taste like regular pickles – they are salty and crunchy.

To limit oxygen exposure, use a sealed container such as a glass jar.

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