Refrigerator Dill Pickles

6 to 8 pounds pickling cucumbers
40 fresh dill sprigs
2 large onions, thinly sliced
5 garlic cloves, sliced
1 quart water
1 quart white vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup canning salt

Cut each cucumber lengthwise into four spears. In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, dill, onions and garlic; set aside.
In a Dutch oven, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir just until salt is dissolved. Pour over cucumber mixture; cool.
Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Yield: about 100 pickle spears.

Nutritional Facts:
1 pickle equals 6 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 103 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.