Refrigerator Pickles #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on August 10, 2014

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When I was a young cook, I fancied myself mastering things such as yeast breads, summer preserves, and berry pies, delicacies that required time and patience to prepare. I envisioned a kitchen lined with blue ribbons from county fairs, living in a place where my preserves were recognized at least three towns over. Silly dreams of a city girl, and the truth is time constraints lead me to shortcuts every day, especially in the kitchen. For this week’s #SundaySupper, we’re going to slow things down and preserve the bounty this season brings. Stacy from Food Lust People Love and Tara over at Noshing with the Nolands are hosting this week’s event, and I’ve got a quick and easy pickle recipe that you’re going to love.

Pickling is an age-old method for preserving foods. In fact, pickled cucumbers have been around since ancient times, dating back to the days of Mesopotamia. Christopher Columbus introduced pickles to the New World, and by the 17th century, pickles were being produced commercially out of Virginia. Fast forward to modern times, more than five million pickles are consumed annually in the U.S. alone. That’s a whole bunch of pickles!

While the process of pickling is often thought to be a laborious task involving sterilized Mason jars and hot water baths, it’s also possible to make pickles by using a simple brine and then refrigerating. As you can imagine, we’re going with the refrigerator method today! Even though this method leads to a shorter shelf life (about six months), these pickles are so irresistible, the entire batch may disappear in a matter of days. This recipe was adapted from Smith & Hawken’s Gardeners’ Community Cookbook.

Refrigerator Pickles #SundaySupper | Webicurean

Whisk together the vinegar, salt, and sugar, until the sugar dissolves. I do this in my large measuring cup so it’s ready to pour.

Refrigerator Pickles #SundaySupper | Webicurean

Slice all your veg about 1/8-inch thick. For this I used my OXO hand-held mandoline set on 2.

Refrigerator Pickles #SundaySupper | Webicurean

Distribute the veg equally between the two jars, layering with the spices. Then, pour the vinegar mixture over the top, divided equally between the two jars. Secure the lids, then place in the refrigerator for about three days, giving a good shake each day.

Refrigerator Pickles #SundaySupper | Webicurean

We started eating them about six hours in, and they only improved each day. Whether you pile them high on sandwiches or toss them in salads, they’re SO good, you may never go back to store-bought again!

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Cucumbers sliced paper thin along with bell pepper, onion, and garlic make these quick and easy refrigerator pickles out of this world.
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Recipe type: preserves
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 2 quart-sized Mason jars with lids
  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar*
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 1½ - 2 lbs Kirby cucumbers, washed and sliced ⅛-inch thick*
  • ½ green bell pepper, seeded and sliced in ⅛-inch thick strips
  • ½ large white onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 tsp pickling spices
  • 3 tsp dill weed
Instructions
  1. Prepare Mason jars and lids for use by washing in your dishwasher.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, salt, and sugar, until the sugar is dissolved. Set this aside.
  3. Layer the cucumbers, bell pepper, onion, and garlic the jars, dividing equally between the two.
  4. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of pickling spices and 1½ teaspoon of dill weed in each jar.
  5. Divide the vinegar mixture in half, pouring into each jar. Note, the liquid will not cover the vegetables at first, but they will release liquid as they cure, and the liquid level will rise.
  6. Cap the jars tightly, and place in the refrigerator. Give the jars a good shake daily, and the pickles will be ready in about three days (we actually started eating them way before that, but they do taste better as they mature.)
Notes
You can substitute this for another vinegar, however, make sure it has at least 5% acidity in order for the veg to properly preserve.

If you are unable to find Kirby cucumbers, small, young cucumbers are a good substitute.

 

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