Saturday, August 13, 2011

Refrigerator Pickles


I have eaten these pickles for more years than I can remember! Refrigerator pickles bring back memories of my mother and my parent's garden where they grew cucumbers, beets, peas, beans, tomatoes, potatoes and squash in their enormous back yard garden. It was my own personal farmer's market.

My mother used to love to make these pickles and I loved to eat them. Perhaps your mother made them too as I'm sure this recipe is ages old. 


It's a simple sweet and sour pickle made without cooking that will last 2-3 months in the refrigerator. I keep adding freshly cut cucumbers to the jar as they ripen on the vine. I've already had to go to a larger jar now that the cucumbers are becoming more plentiful but these were my first pride and joys.


I love watching the blossoms turn into teeny-tiny cucumbers and watching them grow every day, sometimes seemingly overnight. I grew these space-saving cucumbers from seed and I'm training them to grow up our fence. The farmers' markets are full of cucumbers right now for you to try this simple recipe - no canning equipment required!

Refrigerator Pickles
~from Savoring Time in the Kitchen's Mom
Printable Recipe

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1-2 teaspoons celery seed (I use 2)
1 teaspoon salt

3 cups sliced cucumber
3 small onions, thinly sliced

Place sliced cucumber and onions in a large container or bowl. In a separate bowl, stir vinegar, sugar, water and salt together until dissolved. Add celery seed. Pour mixture over cucumber and onions and refrigerate.

Keeps for 2-3 months.

64 comments:

  1. I haven't thought of refrigerator pickles in years. I've made them before and love them. Thanks for the recipe. I'm saving it this time. Do you know if I can use English cucumbers or do they have to be pickling cucumbers?
    Babs

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  2. Love those things! I have never used celery seed and never added water, but will try your recipe for sure, as I really like the celery taste. Never had any to last a couple of months. :-D I need to make a trip to the store. :D
    Enjoy your evening.

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  3. I came home with a big bag of small pickling cucumbers from the farmer's market. This recipe seems simple and would keep me happy for several months. I'm going to time some so as to have them on turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving. Always thinking ahead!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  4. Your pickles (and cukes) look great Susan! Unfortunately, this was not a good year for my cucumber plants. So be sure to enjoy a few for me:@)

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  5. Like Babs, I was wondering if I need a pickling cucumber or could I use any type of cucumber. Also, how long do they need to sit in the liquid before they can be eaten?

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  6. I love looking at things grow too:)

    Jacques' mom made these pickles I am certain..
    I think of her.. when I see these and corn on the cob:)

    Your collage is so cute..
    I just told Jacques tonight..A wish would be to have fresh tomatoes and herbs all yr long in our gardens.
    I know you feel the same way.
    I used to eat all the onions:)

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  7. The pics of your cucumber plants are gorgeous! I love the easy recipe, too. Too bad our cukes are long gone from the Texas heat!! However, there's always the farmer's market.

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  8. these look great I think I will grow cucumbers next yr

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  9. My mom always made pickles, too. These look great and if I ever find some extra time I just may try to make them. I love your smoothie recipe and, for sure, I am going to try that. Deb=^..^=x4

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  10. oh yum! such interesting pickles... we make similar pickles but without the sugar and a larger quantity of salt... I love adding them in sadwiches and pizza

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  11. These pickles look delicious! gloria

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  12. I love munching on these on hot days! I also love that you don't have to drag out the canning kettle. :)

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  13. These pickles are so similar to bread and butter pickles; so, so good. My grandmother taught my mom who taught me to make them. Our recipe is similar to yours except that we also use turmeric and garlic cloves (the garlic cloves are discarded before we eat the pickles). Although I generally use pickling cucumbers, I have also used regular cukes when I can't get my hands on the others. Thank you so much for the post and the resurrected memories.

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  14. I have the same sweet canning jars :-) There is nothing like homemade pickles!

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  15. come sempre grandi idee qui da te Susan!!! qui fa un bel caldo..sto facendo il gelato al caffè! te ne offro una coppa!!!!!!un abbraccio!

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  16. I remember refrigerator pickles! Thank you for the recipe and the memories! Love your cucumber collage. Have a great week.

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  17. I remember those from my first years after I moved to the US; then I did not hear from them for years afterwards. Nice to see someone out there (you!) is keeping the tradition alive!

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  18. I love refrigerator pickles! They are quick to make, and taste wonderfully crunchy and delicious.

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  19. Those look delicious! I will definitely stop by in a week or two, my cucumbers are just starting to show signs of growth!

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  20. These pickles look delicious Susan !Easy and quick to make, perfect! Hugs & kisses...

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  21. you made my day !!! this just made me SO HAPPY !!!! i love this !!! i feel like i am in my aunts kitchen on their produce farm up in santa cruz, california making pickles in late summer...

    thanks for the Happy memory..and these are on my "to do" list this week !!!!

    happy to stop by today, my friend
    kary
    xx

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  22. Same recipe as my Moms! Quantities a little different and she added green peppers also, brought back lots of memories. Will have to make up a batch!

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  23. I am a pickle-making fool this summer, but have yet to make Refrigerator Pickles. Thanks for the recipe!

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  24. A friend of mine is making pickles too and I have never tried them homemade. So fun!

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  25. My father-in-law used to make refrigerator pickles! It is amazing & satisfying to watch your veggies grow. I have fond memories of helping my grandmother pick & snap beans and shell peas each summer :-)

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  26. I use to love sweet and sour pickles. I have not had them in a long time. I do not think I have ever had homemade pickles. Thanks for the sharing the receipe.

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  27. These look delicious! I will have to look for space saving cucumbers to grow next year. I could train them up the base pillars of the gazebo!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe & info.
    fondly,
    Rett

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  28. This sounds easy enough that I should try it. Nancy

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  29. I made these this year for the first time. We love them and so easy to make. I love your pictures and your mosaic!

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  30. This is another 'keeper' from your blog, I can tell right now. We always have some pickles with our sandwiches, and this sounds so very easy.

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  31. These are gorgeous pickles and my mouth is watering now! How lucky you've got them growing in your garden.

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments. I always appreciate it. Hope you'll visit again soon.

    Take care,
    Amy

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  32. I keep saying I am going to try these. They are way too simple and I have everything too. I even have the cukes growing in the garden. Maybe this week. Summer is just too busy.

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  33. Sounds delicious and easy. And your presentation is spectacular. I have a BIL who would love these. I'll pass the link along to him.
    Sam

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  34. These look and sound terrific. A perfect touch of summer. Thanks so much for bringing them to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  35. I always thought you had to cook them!!! WHat a great idea. I love pickles and make a little batch every year... I'll try some of these next!

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  37. Love that mosaic of the cukes! Our cucumber plants have been invaded by the deer, leaving us too few to pickle.

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  38. Oh man.. I love pickles so much and yours look great Susan. You have a great way of making them.

    Hope you have a great week ahead.

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  39. Thank you, all, for your wonderful comments, my friends!

    I've already emailed Babs and LDH but to answer their question, I'm sure any kind of cucumber would work if you don't have them growing in your garden or have a farmers' market nearby. Also, they should be ready to eat in 1-2 days. I say try a taste taste and see ;)

    Terri, I like your idea of using garlic cloves - I'm going to make a another batch and try it.

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  40. I made them today! They are very addicting already! Thanks,
    Jacqueline

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  41. Just stopping by from OTMM to say that your Refrigerator Pickles look very good. We keep Refrigerator Pickles going the year round. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

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  42. I used to make so many different kinds of pickles, but this one is new for me; looks and sounds very tempting.
    Rita

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  43. Mmm I love pickles and have been meaning to make my own! This sounds like the perfect recipe!

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  44. This is really looking awesome!! Loved these pickles and these are not very difficult too!! Would surely give them a try!

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  45. i'm back....happy to see you at farmhouse kitchen...i feel the same way about blogging...when my poodle Buddy died i received a HUGE box of pet loss books from joyce of octoberfarm...we have been friends ever since. we email each other all day long about what we are doing... since we are making pickles we were talking about those WECK canning jars. have you seen them. you can ggogle WECK CANNING...they are DARLING !!! just wanted to pass it along.... seems we like alot of the same things, my friend

    kary
    xx

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  46. Love these and I'm so glad to see the recipe for them! Thanks!

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  47. Delicious cucumbers are very rich, my mother recently also prepared with cucumbers from the plant are very beautiful, warm hugs.

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  48. Hi Susan, gee, I could have sworn that I commented on your refrigerator pickles! They look delicious and I love the jar you've used!

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my pickles. They are so good and I didn't buy any pickles last year! Now I have to make more because family and friends like 'em to! LOL!!!

    I noticed someone suggested adding garlic. I add garlic to mine too. You could add red pepper flakes and dill, I've done that to refrigerator pickles also. I also add those ingredients to my canned pickles!

    I see my friend Kary from My Farmhouse Kitchen is talking about Weck canning jars! Susan, at From Beyond My Kitchen Window and I are long time friends and we've been fawning over those jars! They are beautiful. I want to get some, but haven't yet.

    Have a great week and happy cooking!

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  49. Mmm...made these last summer and truly enjoyed them. I'd never had refrigerator pickles before that. This makes me want a fresh batch.

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  50. We love pickles and I need to get with it and make some refrigerator pickles. What could be easier, and they remind me of my grandmother.

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  51. I love pickles and refrigerator pickles are my favorite kind as tey stay nice and crispy!

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  52. Very nice post Susan. Love your jar! I think I am going to have to try your recipe:)

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  53. this looks so good.. i know my mom would just love this. thank you for sharing this.

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  54. Susan, I love the pictures of the cucumbers...and the pickles look so tasty...would love to try them...simple and so tasty.
    Hope you are having a great week :-)

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  55. I have never made them. My cucumber crop is pathetic this year! I only like sweet pickles, but I guess you can adjust the recipe.
    Looks good, Susan!~

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  56. I recently bought some pickled cucumber at Farmer's market last weekend, I was looking for a good pickling recipe. Yours look so inviting, definitely worth trying out.

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  57. I never tried that pickles yet.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    I wanna make that at home.


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  59. Just found your recipe via Pinterest, substituted the sugar with Truvia Baking Blend (1/2 as much) and was wonderful--- 4 happy jars sitting in the fridge-- time seems to be ticking until I can eat them!!!(but the few we snuck were good, will get even better with time!

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  60. My mother-in-law used to make these all the time and I watched her and wrote down what she did. I can't remember celery seed being added, would that make a difference to leave it out? Anyway, she died and the recipe died with her. Her own kids didn't know it. I did an online search and you came up on the first page and voila! that's the recipe! Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Dorothy! I happen to love the flavor of the celery seed but that's a matter of personal choice, I'm sure. Maybe you could try some with and some without and see which you like best :)

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