June 7, 2023Review Recipe
Homemade Refrigerator Pickles
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Crunchy refrigerator pickles are the best way to make pickles without having to can them, and they last for weeks in the fridge, so you can always have a snack or side dish on hand. These pickles are tangy and sweet, simple to make, and you can customize the flavor to your liking.
Refrigerator Pickle Recipe ingredients
Refrigerator pickles have a unique taste that is sure to delight anyone’s palate. They have the classic crunchy texture of regular pickles but are slightly sweeter because of the brine solution used for refrigeration.
With a subtle sweetness and an unmistakable tang, refrigerator pickles will add depth and flavor to hamburgers, salads, or sandwiches.
To make this easy recipe, you’ll need:
- 3 cups of white vinegar
- 3 cups of granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon of kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons of pickling spice
- 6 dried red chilis, optional
- 6 sprigs of fresh dill
- 1 pound of Kirby cucumbers (pickling cucumber), cut into spears, about 4 small cucumbers
- 1 cup of sliced yellow onion
It is important that you are using the correct type of fresh cucumbers for this easy recipe; otherwise, you will end up with soggy pickles.
Fridge Pickles Substitutions and Additions
CHILIS: Feel free to leave out the dried red chili or substitute ½ teaspoon of crushed red chili flakes in each jar instead.
How to make Refrigerator Pickles
Making refrigerator pickles is a great way to infuse your favorite flavors into crunchy cucumbers.
Making them requires nothing more than slicing up the cucumbers, mixing them with salt and other seasonings in an airtight jar, and then covering the mixture with brine.
The mixture needs to sit for a few days for the flavor to infuse, but you can enjoy the finished pickles right away.
You can make a batch of fridge pickles with these easy steps:
STEP ONE: Add the white vinegar, sugar, salt, pickling spice, and red chilis to a medium saucepan. Bring the ingredients to a simmer, stirring constantly. Let simmer for 1 to 2 minutes until the sugar is dissolved completely. The pickling brine mixture will become clearer once all of the sugar is dissolved.
STEP TWO: Let the vinegar brine mixture cool completely to room temperature before adding it to the jars.
STEP THREE: While the mixture is cooling, distribute the cucumber spears, dill, and sliced onions equally to 2 wide-mouth quart-sized jars.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
The wide-mouth jars make it easier to fill than the canning jars with a narrower opening.
STEP FOUR: Add the cooled liquid to the jars and top with the mason jar lids. Refrigerate for 3 days for the best result.
Once you add the lids, give the jars a good shake to make sure all of the spices and liquids are evenly distributed.
How to serve spicy Homemade Refrigerator Pickles
Refrigerator pickles are a quick and tasty condiment that can make a meal instantly more pleasing. The tart, vinegary flavor pairs nicely with many dishes.
They can add a flavorful crunch to burgers and tacos, or play a supporting role in potato salads and pasta salads. They also make interesting snacks when served with a simple cheese plate, olives, and crackers.
These sweet and tangy pickles are the perfect pickle to enjoy on sandwiches or subs. Add them to our party sub or fried chicken sandwich for two great recipes that would be made even better with pickles. Of course, you could also just snack on them right out of the jar!
Our cucumber salad and cucumber bites are two more ways you can use up your garden cucumbers this year.
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How to store Fridge Pickles
IN THE FRIDGE: Keep the homemade pickles in the jar tightly covered. The pickles are not processed in a water bath, so please store them under refrigeration. Label your jars so that you know how long you have to enjoy them.
IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend storing these spicy refrigerator pickles in the freezer. They are best stored in the fridge and consumed within a month.
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Refrigerator Pickles FAQs
These crisp pickles, based on a vintage recipe, are tangy and sweet. The sweet-tart flavor of the pickle spears is the perfect accompaniment to hearty sandwiches and party subs.
The jar of pickles will last for about a month in the refrigerator.
Refrigerator pickles are a great way to use up an abundance of cucumbers. You don’t need to worry about canning them in a water bath. You just make a syrup using simple pantry ingredients and pour it over the pickles.
You can slice the cucumbers instead of cutting them into spears to make pickle chips. You can also add fresh garlic cloves to each jar if you like garlic-flavored pickles. Slightly smash the garlic cloves before adding them to the jar.
This easy refrigerator pickles recipe is not designed to be used for pickles that are being canned.
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- 3 cups white vinegar
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons pickling spice
- 6 dried red chilis, optional
- 6 sprigs fresh dill
- 1 pound Kirby cucumbers, pickling cucumber, cut into spears about 4 small cucumbers
- 1 cup sliced yellow onion
- Add the white vinegar, sugar, salt, pickling spice, and red chilis to a medium saucepan. Bring the ingredients to a simmer, stirring constantly. Let simmer for 1 to 2 minutes until the sugar is dissolved completely. The mixture will become clearer once all of the sugar is dissolved.
- Let the mixture cool completely before adding it to the jars.
- While the mixture is cooling, distribute the cucumber spears, dill, and sliced onions equally to 2 wide-mouth quart-sized jars.
- Add the cooled liquid to the jars and top with the mason jar lids. Refrigerate for 3 days for the best result.
- It is important that you are using the correct type of fresh cucumbers for this easy recipe; otherwise, you will end up with soggy pickles.
- The wide-mouth jars make it easier to fill than the canning jars with a narrower opening.
- Once you add the lids, give the jars a good shake to make sure all of the spices and liquids are evenly distributed.
Dawn M says
OMG, I love pickles. I have never made them in the refrigerator before, and I would like mine a little spicy and definitely would add garlic. I love to eat pickles whenever especially for a snack!!
I have never made fridge pickles. I don’t like sweet pickles, or spicy (but love garlic and dill) can it be modified?
Layne Kangas says
Hi, Jennifer – you could definitely add garlic to these!
I would def put garlic in my pickles 😎
Jennifer Rogerson says
I haven’t made homemade pickles but when I do I would make both spicy and mild and I would add garlic
Jordan Harrison says
I have never made refrigerated pickles until this day. Was surprisingly good 😊🥰
Andrea Stoeckel says
Have you ever made homemade pickles in the fridge? Yes, in fact we had the last of them last night
Would you like these pickles spicy or mild? NO jalepanos
Would you add garlic to your pickles? Doesn’t everyone
When do you serve pickles? ANYTIME, they are one of MY favorites
Brenda Wilson says
I’d try this recipe. I like my pickles hot & spicy!