Refrigerator Pickles are great to make when you are short on time and don’t want to heat up the house canning in a water bath. These pickles require only slicing vegetables, boiling a brine, and then cooling for 24 hours in the fridge. Check out the recipe on our website for refrigerator pickles using cucumbers or any vegetable you would eat raw.
- 1 pound small cucumbers
- 1 small sweet onion
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
Wash and dry the jars. Wash 2 wide-mouth pint jars, lids, and rings in warm soapy water and rinse well. Set aside to dry or dry completely by hand. (Alternatively, run everything through the dishwasher.)
Prepare the cucumbers and onion. Wash and dry the cucumbers. Thinly slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Halve and thinly slice the onion. Toss the cucumbers and onion together in a large bowl to evenly distribute the onion among the pickles.
Pack the cucumbers and onion into the prepared jars. Pack the vegetables into the 2 jars, leaving a 1/2-inch of space at the top. Pack them in as tightly as you can without smashing.
Make the brine. Place the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and mustard seeds in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar.
Add the brine to the jars. Pour the brine over the vegetables, filling each jar to within 1/2 inch of the top. You might not use all the brine. Gently tap the jars against the counter a few times to remove all the air bubbles. Top off with more brine if needed.
Tightly seal the jars. Place the lids over the jars and screw on the rings until tight.
Cool the jars, then refrigerate for 24 hours. Let the jars cool to room temperature. Store the pickles in the refrigerator. The pickles will improve with flavor as they age — try to wait at least 24 hours before using.
Storage: Refrigerator pickles will keep for about 1 month. If they develop any off flavors or smells, or if you notice fermentation, it’s best to just discard the remaining pickles.
Recipe Source: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-refrigerator-pickles-83971