July 5, 2014

Fresh Cucumber Pickles {a.k.a. Refrigerator Pickles}

Enjoy summer's bounty of fresh garden cucumbers with these easy, no cook Fresh Cucumber Pickles ... made in the refrigerator with just cucumbers, vinegar, a handful of spices, and a couple of days chillin' time. 

Fresh garden produce time is in full swing here in the Carolinas.  And I'm lovin' the bounty I'm scoring from friends' and family member's gardens!  The other day I came home from my parents' house with about 2 pounds of freshly-picked green beans, some summer squash, all kinds of fresh herbs, and ... one of my absolute favorites ... freshly picked garden cucumbers.  Sweet!

So I whipped out one of our family-favorite ways to enjoy fresh garden cucumbers ...
... fresh cucumber pickles!

Made in the refrigerator.  With just cucumbers, a bit of apple cider vinegar, some spices, and a couple of days of chillin' time.

I learned this refrigerator pickle method from my sister-in-law, Cheryl.  She makes these all the time for summer get-togethers.  And now I make them all the time, too!

And they're so simple.

Start by cutting some small pickling {or Kirby} cucumbers into spears and packing them vertically into a jar. 

It can be a cute little jar (like these cute jars available on amazon.com )... or an old saved pickle jar.  I think every woman in our family has an old pickle jar somewhere in her cupboards set aside for making these fresh cucumber pickles.  I decided to use a cute jar here, since I was sharing photos with all of you.  But I usually just use an old pickle jar.

Whatever jar you choose, pack that jar tight with cukes.

Next, fill the jar up to just past the halfway point with apple cider vinegar.  About like this ...

... then fill the remainder of the jar with water, up to the top of the cukes.

Then measure out spices and load 'em right on top of the cukes.

Finally, close the jar and give everything a good shake, shake, shake to get it all mixed up.

That's it!

Stick the jar in the refrigerator for at least about two days to let the vinegar and spices do their thing.

Oh, and here's the regular ol' pickle jar I keep on hand for making these.  Same process ... different jar.  :-)

After the cukes have had their frig chillin' time ... poof! ... You've got Fresh Cucumber Pickles.

Now isn't that an easy way to enjoy summer's bounty of fresh garden-picked cucumbers?  I sure think so!

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Fresh Cucumber Pickles {a.k.a. Refrigerator Pickles}
Source:  A family classic from my sister-in-law

  • small pickling or Kirby cucumbers ~ unpeeled, ends trimmed, & cut into spears
  • apple cider vinegar
  • water
Approximately:  {adjust spices to personal taste}
  • 1 1/2 T. dried minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dill seed
  • 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Place in a large jar:
  1. Cucumber spears ~ placed in vertically to fill the jar tight
  2. Apple cider vinegar ~ fill to a little over 1/2-way up the jar
  3. Water ~ fill to the top of the cucumbers, leaving a little bit of space at the top for the spices
  4. Spices ~ sprinkle on the top
Place the lid on the jar and shake it up, mixing the spices into the vinegar mixture. Put in the refrigerator for at least two days before eating.  Can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week {after that, the spices get too strong in the cucumbers!}.


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  1. Hi Tracey. Love your name :) I had no idea that pickles were this easy to make. Now I can't wait to try making my own. I found your recipe over at Lemon Tree Dwelling and just pinned it. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. They are indeed easy, Tracy. Thanks for stopping by! ... and I love your name, too. :-)

  2. Just made up two jars with my first homegrown cucs of the season. Can't wait to try them!!!

  3. Made these a few days ago. I used smaller jars before I read that I should have used larger jars. Used fresh dill from garden. Love them, but they are HOT. would like them that way though. Lesson learned!

  4. I have been wanting to try making my own pickles! These look good!
    Come link up with me today!!

  5. We always have Pickles in the refrigerator in the summer and sometimes year round. Your recipe and your presentation is great and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  7. Do these pickles come out tasting sweet? Or sour/dill?

    1. They come out sour/dill with a bit of spiciness. Enjoy!


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