Easy Refrigerator Pickles

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I found myself with an abundance of cucumbers from my garden the other day – I lost count, but I think at one point, there were 12 cucumbers sitting on my counter.  I needed to do something with them so after giving some away, chopping some into salads and dunking them in ranch, I still found myself with a few stragglers.   I decided to make refrigerator pickles – they’re so simple and yet so delicious.  The prep time is ridiculously fast and they end up tasting so much better than store bought.  I used a pretty straight forward recipe but there are endless ways you can customize your pickles.  You can switch up your vinegars – try champagne vinegar – for a slightly sweeter and mild taste and of course, you change what herbs and spices you add.  The options are endless!  And don’t just stick to cucumbers – carrots, asparagus, cauliflower, green beans, you name it – are all good options to pickle!  If you find yourself with an abundance of produce from your garden as the season winds down – don’t fret, just get pickling!

Easy Refrigerator Pickles

Easy Refrigerator Pickles

Easy Refrigerator Pickles

Easy Refrigerator Pickles

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  • Yield: 4 – 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Appetizer, Side, Condiment

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 sprigs, fresh dill
  • 3 sprigs, fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp. peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp. celery seed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 – 3 cucumbers, about 1 pound total, thinly sliced

Directions:

  1. Place vinegar, water, sugar and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring often until sugar and salt dissolve.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Place remaining ingredients into a one quart jar and pour in pickling liquid.
  4. Place lids on the jars and shake to evenly distribute all the ingredients.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours – the flavor will be best after 2 – 3 days. Will last up to two months in the refrigerator.

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