Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

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The EASIEST and BEST Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

There are times in life when you don’t talk; you simply sit nestled in the corner of the kitchen and eat homemade pickles. Silently as you sit you wonder, “Why did it take twenty-nine years to make homemade pickles?” With each crispy bite you yearn for just one more.

The EASIEST and BEST Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

Soon, you reach your hand into the glass jar anticipating the next dilly pickle, but come up empty. Suddenly, anxious thoughts rush through to your head, “No more pickles? Breathe. Breathe”.

The EASIEST and BEST Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

Desperation turns to sweet relief as you remember these aren’t just any pickles. No, these are refrigerator pickles. Five minutes and two days. That’s all homemade refrigerator pickles need to turn from good ol’ cucumbers to crispy, dilly, slightly sweet and tangy pickles.

The EASIEST and BEST Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

The EASIEST and BEST Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

Of course, this talk is all hypothetical, friend. I would never sit in the corner of my humble kitchen gorging on homemade pickles in my favorite floral apron. Never.  Well, okay, maybe there was this one time.

The EASIEST and BEST Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

Let’s just get to those amazing homemade refrigerator pickles, because soon you’ll want to join me. It just takes one bite.

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Refrigerator Pickles

These are refrigerator pickles. Five minutes and two days. That’s all homemade refrigerator pickles need to turn from good ol’ cucumbers to crispy, dilly, slightly sweet and tangy pickles.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Refrigerator Pickles
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 60 kcal
Author Kristin Marr

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Slice the cucumbers as desired.
  2. Place the cucumbers, onion slices, and garlic in a quart-sized jar.
  3. In a medium-size bowl whisk together the water, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, and dill seeds. Pour the mixture into the pickle jar, covering the cucumbers.
  4. Allow the cucumbers to rest in the fridge for 48 hours before enjoying.

Note: Refrigerator pickles keep for 3-4 weeks in the fridge.

The EASIEST and BEST Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

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29 Comments

  1. says: Kristi Fisher

    I noticed that you mentioned to use dill cucumbers. I am new to growing my own produce so I hope that this isn’t a silly question but is that a specific type of cucumber or it just a term you use when making pickles? We planted marketmore cucumbers so I am just trying to figure out if I can use those for this recipe?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Kristi, Not silly at all :). First, big congrats on growing cucumbers at home!

      Dill cucumbers are a particular kind of cucumber often used for making pickles. They tend to be shorter and fatter and a light green color on the exterior. I’m not sure if you can use the marketmore cucumbers, but I’d say it’s worth a shot! I’d love to hear how they turn out.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Katelynn, These pickles have a spicy edge due to the mustard and garlic, but also a sweet balance. You can decrease the mustard seed slightly and leave out the garlic for sweeter pickles. You can also add a little more sugar if desired, but not too much.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Lori, Enjoy the pickles. They are so yummy! I found the label at Micheal’s Craft Store recently. This label was sold in a pack of four other varieties near the mason jars.

  2. 5 stars
    Made these and loved them! Do you think you could make pickled beets the same way or would the beets be too crunchy without cooking them beforehand? I was thinking they’d be delicious in this brine!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Laura, My fear of using honey is that it will just sink to the bottom and create a sticky texture on the cucumbers. I haven’t tried it, but I don’t think honey will work in this recipe.

  3. says: Tori Kelly

    Can I leave out the sugar all together, or does it do something necessary for the recipe? I don’t like sweet pickles one bit, but I love garlicky dill pickles.

  4. The best part about making pickles is that you end up with a two-fer recipe. Once you’ve used all the pickles in the jar, don’t throw out the liquid. Just slice up a cucumber, pack it into the jar with the pickling liquid and the next day you’ll have another batch of delish pickles!

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