Friday, June 24, 2011

Refrigerator Pickles ...

My family loves I planted lots of cucumbers in the garden this spring. 

The plants have taken off, and to my surprise, this morning when I checked I had a bunch of mature cucumbers ready to be picked.  Cucumbers have a way of sneaking up on you like that, don't they?!

In the past, I've not had a lot of luck with keeping cucumbers nice in the refrigerator until I have a quantity large enough to make a batch of pickles.  So...what do you do when you have just a few...more than enough to eat fresh, but not enough to can?

Try these Refrigerator Pickles...

Refrigerator Pickles

Prepare 3 quart jars for pickles. 

Slice 1 medium onion into the bottom of each jar

Fill the remainder of the jar with cucumbers, sliced 1/8"- 1/4" thick

Stir the following ingredients together to make syrup.  Do NOT heat...syrup is used cold

4 cups sugar
3 cups vinegar * if vinegar is mild, use 4 cups and omit water
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1 1/4 tsp tumeric
1 1/4 tsp celery seed
1 1/4 tsp mustard seed

Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Pour over cucumbers in jars just enough to cover.  Screw on lids.

Refrigerate at least 5 days before using.  These pickles will keep in the refrigerator for as long as 10 months!

My sister told me about this recipe a number of years ago, and I remember that we loved them!  It's a quick, easy way to make delicious pickles without making the kitchen a hot, sticky mess...just what I needed today, especially since I just mopped my kitchen floor!  :)


  1. Sounds great, I just made pickles too! Now you'll have pickles for the 4th of July:@)

  2. They look good ! My mum also did her own pickles when I was a kid on our farm ! She would make her own pickled eggs, pickled onions and chutneys ! I dont think there was much she didnt make lol wish I took on her talent for it ! Have a great day !

  3. Oh they look good I will keep this recipe it looks easy and my cucumbers are starting to grow. They still have a long way yet. Thanks Alica. B

  4. Oh. It looks delicious. We just made some pickles too. It's wonderful to be able to make your own pickles. :)

  5. This is the second refrigerator pickle recipe I've seen today~one dill; one sweet. I'm set if only my cucumbers were ready!

  6. My Aunt used to make those-I haven't thought of them in years : )

    Loved loved the back in the day pictures down the page. They do grow up on us so very fast : )

  7. My Mother -in-law use to make these pickles and we loved them. Our pickles won't be ready til the end of summer though, how are yours ready so early in the season?
    Nothing like a refrig. pickle with a good hotdog.....yum.

  8. My cukes are just now beginning to set fruit so I'll be picking in no time. This recipe sounds like a fun (and simple!) way to pickle. I think I'll also add one of my hot banana peppers to give them some heat. Thanks for the pics and recipe. :-D

  9. What an easy recipe. If my cukes ever bear any fruit, I'll definitely being trying this. Thanks!

  10. ooh, will definitely bookmark and revisit this page! thanks so much!

  11. seems simple and easy! Now if i only had some cucumbers in my garden! ;-)

    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Once my cucumbers grow up I see pickels in their future:) Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

  13. Thanks for sharing, I was looking for this.


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