I love the idea of canning. Saving the bounty of summer for the cold, winter months to relive the flavors of warmer days. To this point, all I’ve canned is jams and jellies. It’s not that I’m afraid of the process. Not at all. Unfortunately, it’s more a matter of time that seems to be the hurdle. I’m not giving up on the idea of shelves stacked with beautiful tomato sauce, preserved fruits and salsas. It just may take me a few more summers to get there. For now, I’m content with jars of raspberry jam and some quick refrigerator pickles.

refrigerator pickles

My husband is a fan of pickles, so I’ve always wanted to be able to make them at home. After reading many long, involved pickling recipes over the last few summers, I stumbled upon this one just a month ago. With minimal ingredients you can mix these up in an afternoon and be enjoying their vinegar-y crunch the next day. I’ve been doubling the recipe to get two quarts.

refrigerator pickles

refrigerator pickles

Refrigerator Pickles

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of Kirby cucumbers (about 2 large cucumbers)
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spice
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • few sprigs of dill
  • Toss cucumbers in 2 tablespoons of coarse salt. Chill for 1 hour. Rinse and drain.
  • Combine 1 cup each of water and white vinegar, 1 tablespoon pickling spice, 2 teaspoons salt and sugar. Stir to dissolve. Add cucumbers and chill in a quart container overnight. Refrigerated they'll last up to a month.

Instructions

  1. Toss cucumbers in 2 tablespoons of coarse salt. Chill for 1 hour. Rinse and drain.
  2. Combine 1 cup each of water and white vinegar, 1 tablespoon pickling spice, 2 teaspoons salt and sugar.
  3. Stir to dissolve.
  4. Add cucumbers and chill in a quart container overnight.
  5. Refrigerated they'll last up to a month.
http://thishomemadelife.com/refrigerator-pickles

 

refrigerator pickles

refrigerator pickles

refrigerator pickles

What do you love to can or preserve?

7 Responses to Refrigerator Pickles

  1. Erin says:

    Love these! We are canning bread and butter pickles this weekend but I’ve always wanted to try a quick dill recipe! Also- love the shots of the dill!

  2. tiffany says:

    I love pickles this looks delish! Where can you find pickle spices?

    • Alison says:

      Tiffany–you can find pickling spices in the spice aisle at the grocery store. If not there, then check with the canning supplies.

  3. Laura says:

    I love pickles. the zestier the better…. you make them look beautiful! :)

  4. Valerie says:

    Beautiful photo! I love this recip—so simple. I had no idea one could find pickling spices (very good to know!)

  5. Deb says:

    Husband and I on low carb, no sugar diet. I take red wine vinegar, add some oil, add salt and pepper. Add our home grown lemon cucumbers and Armenian cucumbers with chopped red onion. These are the bomb. Especially good when they are ice cold on a 109 degree day.

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