Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Refrigerator Pickles



I made our first batch of refrigerator pickles today. We planted a bunch of pickling cucumbers just so that we could enjoy this wonderful summer treat.


It seems as if the cucumbers grew overnight! One day there were none, the next there were lots!


This is the recipe I used:

Wash fresh picked cucumbers and quarter into spears. Place in a large jar.

In a saucepan, boil:
6 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup organic white vinegar

Set aside to cool. Once cool, pour over cucumbers.

Add:

5 organic garlic cloves
organic fresh dill
1 teaspoon mustard seeds

Refrigerate. They should be ready to eat in about five days and will last refrigerated for several months (ours won't last that long).

*I doubled the batch so that there was enough liquid to add more cucumbers along the way.


Once the pickle jar is established, take your fresh picked cucumbers, quarter them into spears, and drop into jar. You'll be able to tell by color (darkest green), which cucumbers have been in the longest and which you'll want to eat first.

Update: After a few rotations of pickles, I found that the flavor had waned so I made a fresh batch of the recipe to refresh the jar.

61 comments :

  1. What a wonderful thing! And a very pretty pickle jar.
    Are you craving them? With ice cream? :)
    Hope you and the tiny ones are doing very well.

    Dawn

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  2. esta divina la reseta de los pepinos en vinagre gracias

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  3. I love canning, pickling, and putting up fresh vegetables! There is nothing like taking what has grown on God's green earth and turning it into something we love. Love your blog!
    Terresa (Splendid Sass)

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  4. Printed and can't wait till tomorrow to start a batch. Thank you for posting!

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  5. Fantastic! And it looks so beautiful too.
    I must try this myself.

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  6. what a perfect treat for you and babies. :)

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  7. looks so yummy! Im going to have to try this!

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  8. ah, the ease of refrigerator pickles -- and they are so good as well!

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  9. Refrigerator pickles are the best!! I must visit the farmer's market for local cukes to make this yummy treat.

    -Rene

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  10. Really? It's that simple? You make everything look so easy & yummy too! Now to find someone who is growing cucumbers.....
    xo

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  11. Well done on the pickles and isn't it fantastic how quickly these things arrive and thrive....very cool... so happy to see your pregnancy is going so well for you....
    Great Blog....Love following

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  12. Good morning Trina.Boy those pickles look yummy. I live half an hour away from a wonderful farm in New Hampshire that sells pickling cukes ,but it is gong to be a scorcher today and will have to try your recipe tomorrow.Enjoy your day and remember to keep those feet up.

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  13. My hubby loves pickles..I'm gonna try this out!

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  14. Hi Trina,
    This is a much simpler recipe than the one I've been using. I will for sure give this a try this afternoon - our cucumbers seem to be taking over the garden!
    I love the jar you've chosen ~
    Hope you and babies are doing well!

    Sarah

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  15. I'll have to try that recipe. We make a similiar one called cucumbers & onions. It is the same vinegar mixture but poured over sliced cucumbers and onions while hot. They never last long. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. These look great - I have cucumbers that are about 3 days ready for picking!

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  17. Yum! My cucumbers haven't started to come out yet - or the deer keep eating them - as I have been waiting for refrigerator pickles also!

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  18. Thank you so much for this recipe! I've made 2 batches so far of "freezer pickles," but this recipe you shared sounds really good. :)

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  19. What a great recipe! I'll have to try this...my guys love pickles.

    Judy :)

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  20. I so wish I liked cucumber!!!!

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  21. Good Morning Trina, what a wonderful idea! I have canned lots of pickles over the years but I have never done this. I have a jar just like that sitting on my counter just waiting for some cucumbers...now I just need to make room in the fridge! I hope you're feeling well and enjoying your little one 'kicking up his heels'. Have a wonderful day....Maura :)

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  22. My mouth is watering just looking at your generous jar and bountiful harvest. Maybe next year . . .

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  23. how much fresh dill do you use per batch of liquid? Looks tasty!

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  24. I love that pickle jar! I am going to have to try to find one or some for my kitchen!

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  25. This is a recipe even I can attempt- thanks so much! I posted a link to it on my blog - hope you don't mind!

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  26. Yum! I love how everyone has put together the "she's prego and making her own pickles" LOL I'll have to try this recipe as my youngest daughter LOVES pickles.

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  27. Thanks for the recipe!I am also finding that I look and there 's nothing an th next day I have cucumbers gallore!
    Is tehre a difference between pickling cucumbers and regular ones?

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  28. Just saw pickling cukes on sale the other day. Never knew they were this easy! Thanks for the recipe! :)

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  29. Wow, I had no idea it was that easy! I will definetly be trying it out this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

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  30. What a clever way to make pickles without having to can them! I like that you can continually add to the jar, which...by the way...is such a pretty jar! I don't know if you're like me, but things always taste better coming from a pretty jar. ;) I recently transferred my homemade granola to a pretty glass container and it is twice as much fun to eat breakfast now!

    Hope you are doing and feeling well,

    Gail

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  31. Hi! This looks absolutely delicious and so easy. I love it! Thanks for sharing! Ciao, bella!

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  32. Fancy, a pregnant lady making pickles?! hahha. I will definately give this recipe a try..thanks for sharing! Stacey

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  33. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I'm currently working on a batch of 14 days Sweet Pickles ( of which no one likes but me )...they all prefer Dill...so I'll try this recipe for them!
    Your Farmhouse is very beautiful..love the blog will add you to my blogroll and look forward to seeing more posts !!
    Have a great day!
    Tammy :-)

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  34. I'm not usually a pickle person but these look nice and fresh, so I may have to try them. Are you craving them? (Sorry if I'm the hundredth person to ask).

    P.S. Are your twins fraternal or identical? I hope you don't mind my being nosy.

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  35. Hi Haley,

    I've always liked pickles but have been eating them much more often than usual - like every single day. ; ) Suddenly, for some reason (pregnancy), they just seem like the most perfect food!!!

    And our twins are fraternal, which is quite common when you conceive through IVF.

    ; ) Trina

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  36. Totally want to try this...would it work for carrots? I LOVE pickled carrots and didn't plant any cucumbers this year. :(

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  37. you read my mind... i so want to try this... maybe this weekend... thanks so much for the recipe... i may need to call you for help!! xx

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  38. Trina,
    They look soooooo good!!! I love pickles and cucumbers and eat them often!

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  39. so funny you should blog a/b pickles! They have truly been a thorn in my side lately! We had sooo many cucumbers we didn't quite know what to do... well pickles it was and it looks like pickles it will be for us for the next couple years! have lots now in my pantry... they are yummy though...

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  40. Thank you! You make it look so simple and easy. Love your blog!
    Julie

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  41. I love making refrig. pickles and love doing any type of canning etc...with produce from my very large gardens! I enjoyed your blog. Stop over and visit me sometime. :)

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  42. These look so yummy! Love your making + your stories.

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  43. I have tried canning pickles last year, came out soggy, yuck.....we have a lot of cucumbers from our garden, will try your recipe this weekend after shopping for ingredients. Thank you!!

    XO,
    Valerie

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  44. I love that you posted about pickles...so cute! We've never tried making our own but this recipe looks so easy that I think we might just have to give it a try...xo J~

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  45. This is just the perfect timing...I have cucumbers growing out of my ears! I will definitely be doing this. Thanks!
    xx

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  46. My grandmother used to make these - they are so much crunchier than homecanned pickles. Like them a lot more. Now I'm craving a dill pickle!

    xo Erin

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  47. Hi Trina, I love your blog, my dearest friend Susan (see her post above) introduced me to your blog! Susan also convinced me to start blogging - I don't know if I really have anything to say yet or if I'm very focused! Anyway, if you'd like to follow my blog its http://oceanbreezesandcountrysneezes.blogspot.comI hope you enjoy it! Thanks again for the pickle recipe - can't wait to make 'em!

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  48. Mmmm! I actually didn't realize you could make pickles without canning them. Great idea and love the giant jar you used!

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  49. I love how you doubled the ingredients. I hear ya need to do that often with twins! ;~O

    Look Yumm!

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  50. So timely. We have more cucumbers that we can manage right now. Thank you! xoxo

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  51. Oh my mouth is watering for one right now:)

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  54. Ha! That old wives tale about pickle cravings during pregnancy was true for me in my second pregnancy. I craved pickles (LOTS of them) and orange juice (in the same meal), lol! I enjoy your blog so much. How are you feeling these days?

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  55. Hi Sandy,
    Feeling good - eating lots of pickles!!! The great thing about these homemade ones is that there's no salt! Compared to the store bought salty ones, I figure they're a guilt-free pleasure!
    ; ) Trina

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  56. Oh this takes me back to one of my pregnancies Trina (just can't recall which one though!). Pickles are called gherkins Down Under & I had a shocking desire for gherkins in a slice of that awful processed plastic cheese all shoved into a slice of terribly unhealthy white bread at 3a.m. Your pickles look totally delicious though - they would get the Food Police's big tick of approval.
    Millie ^_^

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  57. Hi Trina, yummy!
    Great recipe and not a bit of salt.

    ~kelley

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  58. This not only looks good, it sounds GREAT! I love pickels, they are a summer-must-have for me!

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