Appetizers

Refrigerator Pickles

I’m not sure how I went this long in life without never making refrigerator pickles before! I’d assumed that making pickles required special canning equipment and would take months before they’d even be ready to eat. Wrong! Refrigerator pickles couldn’t be any easier. You only need a few basic ingredients like cucumbers, obviously, vinegar, spices, sugar and a mason jar. Oh and a fridge – can’t forget that too! They are ready to enjoy in a mere four days.

Bread & Butter Refrigerator Pickles - Making pickles couldn't be any easier! They taste delicious and ready to enjoy in just four days. No special equipment required.

My Grandma June made the absolute best pickles and I’m pretty sure they were refrigerator pickles. I remember eating them with a fork out of jar while standing in front of the fridge. Sadly, she passed away without leaving the recipe behind. I wish I had it because I’m still craving her pickles to this day.

Bread & Butter Refrigerator Pickles - Making pickles couldn't be any easier! They taste delicious and ready to enjoy in just four days. No special equipment required.

In my recent Craftsy course, Love Your Vegetables, our instructor showed us how to make these amazing refrigerator pickles. I saw a basket of fresh cucumbers at the grocery store for $3.99 and figured I’d give them a shot. I ended up making two kinds: bread and butter and just plain ol’ pickles. I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make. And the taste! Oh the taste. So so good.

These Refrigerator Bread & Butter Pickles have a spicy kick to them. My cousin, Allie, tried them and remarked that they had “bite”. I like that they are a bit on the spicy side.

Bread & Butter Refrigerator Pickles - Making pickles couldn't be any easier! They taste delicious and ready to enjoy in just four days. No special equipment required.

Yield: 2 mason jars each

Refrigerator Pickles

Making pickles couldn’t be any easier! They taste delicious and ready to enjoy in just four days. No special equipment required.

Ingredients:

Refrigerator Bread & Butter Pickles

  • 4 cups cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced

Refrigerator Pickles

  • 4 cups cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp pickling spice
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced

Directions:

Both Varieties

  1. Divide sliced cucumbers into two mason jars and top with sliced onion.
  2. Bring vinegar and the rest of the ingredients to a boil in a pot on the stove. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  3. Pour vinegar mixture into each mason jar, evenly. Let cool with the lid off until it reaches room temperature.
  4. Place the lids on the mason jar and refrigerate for four days before enjoying. Store in the fridge up to one month.

Bread & Butter Refrigerator Pickles - Making pickles couldn't be any easier! They taste delicious and ready to enjoy in just four days. No special equipment required.

The other pickles are more tame and won’t leave you running for a glass of water. I used pickling spice I picked up at Bulk Barn. They are super simple to make too.

Refrigerator Pickles - Making pickles couldn't be any easier! They taste delicious and ready to enjoy in just four days. No special equipment required.

Next time I make them, I’m adding in fresh dill. Our store was out so I couldn’t add it in, but they still tasted yummy.

Refrigerator Pickles - Making pickles couldn't be any easier! They taste delicious and ready to enjoy in just four days. No special equipment required.

Out of the two varieties, my faves are the Bread & Butter pickles. They are addicting! The two jars I made lasted about a week in my house. Everyone enjoyed them.

Refrigerator Pickles - Making pickles couldn't be any easier! They taste delicious and ready to enjoy in just four days. No special equipment required.

Have you ever made refrigerator pickles? I’d love to hear what’s in your recipe.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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