Best homemade refrigerator pickles


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I don’t know about you, but I love me some pickles.

In fact, pickles go well with so many Southern foods. You can’t throw a potluck without someone bringing deviled eggs or potato salad or burgers… all of which go well with pickles.

If you have a garden or lượt thích to collect good organic hàng hóa when it’s ripe, then making these DIY pickles will be right up your alley. They’re easy, tasty, và you know exactly what goes into them because you did it yourself.

Here are some things that go well with your pickled cucumbers or refrigerator pickles:

Burgers và hot dogsGrilled cheeseCuban sandwichRegular ol’ everyday sandwiches of all typesPotato salads & egg saladsDeviled eggs

Quick Pickled Cucumber (AKA Homemade Pickles or Fermented Pickles)

Quick picklesarerefrigerator pickles. These are snacks to lớn keep in your fridge because they’re not shelf-stable. This method is simpler than the shelf-stablepicklingprocess và requires fewer steps.The National Center for trang chủ Food Preservation is a great resource for safely preparing shelf-stable pickles.

I recommend these mason jars for your pickled goodies!

We sliced the cucumbers in coins for ease of eating, but you could slice them lengthwise if you prefer. If you are going lớn make two jars, you can cut half your cucumbers in coins và half in spears & see which you prefer. I personally lượt thích slicing cucumber into coins because they’re small enough not khổng lồ get wasted. And they’re good for a quick bite as I walk past the refrigerator!

Things lớn Remember When Pickling Vegetables và Fruits

Use only fresh (not frozen), undamaged, & unspoiled fruits or vegetables.Always clean produce thoroughly.Cut uniform sizes, ideally small enough lớn both fit in a jar và keep bite sized for eating purposes.Prepare & measure out everything (from brine to veggie or fruit prep) before heating the pickling brine.This is a recipe for refrigerator pickles – they are not intended to lớn be shelf-stable.

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When pickling cucumbers, you want to make sure you’re using fresh cucumbers that are without a lot of defects. Kiểm tra out the image above. A fresh cucumber will result in a crisp pickle. Don’t use dented, spotted, or discolored cucumbers in your pickling process.

The Kirby cucumber is the best & most common choice for pickles, but if you’re growing the English cucumber or Japanese cucumber in your garden (or some other type) you can feel không tính tiền to try those out for this pickle recipe.

How khổng lồ pickle cucumbers with vinegar

In this recipe we’re going khổng lồ pickle the cucumbers with hot vinegar in a quick pickle method. It’s important here that the vinegar is hot!

Here’s why!

Boiling the vinegar makes it hot enough to lớn penetrate the cuke (or whatever is being pickled). It’s the same principle seen in making tea; hot water steeps more intensely than cold.

Careful! Over-boiling causes vinegar’s flavoring và pickling abilities lớn evaporate.

(You can also pickle with lemon juice, but we’ll cover that another time!)


Ingredients for your quick refrigerator pickled cucumbers

We loved these spices the best to địa chỉ cửa hàng some umph to our pickled cucumbers, but you can choose others if you prefer. A dash of red pepper flakesare also a great addition for a little spicy kick!


5 small cucumbers1/4 tsp mustard seed, whole1/4 teaspoon dill, dried1/2 tsp đen peppercorn2 garlic cloves, whole1 cup water1 cup white vinegar (can sub with táo khuyết cider vinegar)2 tbsp sugar1 tbsp salt

You can definitely use fresh dill in place of the dried dill. (Especially if you want a more robust dill pickle flavor.) Grab some sprigs of fresh dill from your market’s herb section and địa chỉ cửa hàng a few lớn each jar.

My grandmother’s scale. See that bread tie? Ingenuity!

How khổng lồ Pickle Cucumbers


Slice the cucumbers into uniform coins or spears (your choice!). You’re going khổng lồ use around 3 lớn 5 (depending on the specific size) cucumbers in this recipe per 16 oz. Jar. địa chỉ cửa hàng the cucumber slices, mustard seed, dill, peppercorn, & garlic into your jar. Don’t worry that the spices settle at the bottom, they will rise up again evenly distribute their flavor when you showroom the vinegar brine. Phối the vinegar, water, salt, và sugar in a stainless steel pan & bring khổng lồ a boil. You’ll need lớn babysit this. As soon as it reaches a good boil, pour it over the cucumber mixture in the jar until they are just covered. Don’t let it over boil or some of the vinegar needed for the pickling process will boil out. Put the đứng top on immediately and put into the refrigerator. Let flavors blend overnight for best results.

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