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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.

A jar of refrigerator pickles.


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.

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.

Ingredients to make refrigerator pickles.
Steps to make refrigerator pickles.
Steps to make refrigerator pickles.
A jar of refrigerator pickles.

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.

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    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.

    A jar of refrigerator pickles on a plate with a few slices outside.

    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.

    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.

    A jar of refrigerator pickles.

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

    Try this Air Fryer Fried Pickles and Slow Cooker Dill Pickle Soup.

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    Refrigerator Pickles

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 12
    Prep Time 4 days
    Cook Time 6 minutes
    Total Time 4 days 6 minutes
    Making pickles couldn’t be any easier! They taste delicious and ready to enjoy in just four days. No special equipment required.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 4 cups cucumbers thinly sliced
    • 1 sweet onion thinly sliced
    • 1 ½ cups white vinegar
    • ¾ cup sugar
    • ¾ tsp salt
    • 2 tbsp pickling spice
    • 4 cloves garlic peeled and thinly sliced

    Instructions

    • Divide sliced cucumbers into two mason jars and top with sliced onion.
    • 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.
    • Pour vinegar mixture into each mason jar, evenly. Let cool with the lid off until it reaches room temperature.
    • Place the lids on the mason jar and refrigerate for four days before enjoying. Store in the fridge up to one month.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 346mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Appetizers
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Refrigerator Pickles

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    14 Comments

    1. a new one to try! tis the season!

    2. I have two jars made in my fridge.

    3. Linda Bragg says:

      We have a garden and I still have a few cucumbers to try this recipe on. Can’t wait to see how they turn out. I love bread and butter pickles but I think I will just make the regular refrigerator ones this time. Both recipes sound real good so I will be sure to pin them for later use.

    4. These are so good. I added a couple of sliced jalapeno peppers to spice it up a bit, and it was delicious. I will make these all the time. Great on sandwiches and hamburgers.

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