Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Refrigerator Pickles

I tried these at a friend's barbecue and they are so yummy!  I was glad they are also SO EASY! They are bright, fresh tasting and keep a good crunch.  This recipe is also great for end of the garden, as it only takes a few cucumbers and a few minutes time.

Refrigerator Pickles
1 c. water
1 c. sugar
2 c. white vinegar
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. dried dill weed
1 tsp. minced garlic-optional (I used the kind in a jar- maybe use less if fresh)

Wash and slice cucumbers to fill three jars (mine made 2 pints and one quart). I like to take a thin slice off the ends of the cucumber and then slice into spears, but you could also slice them in rounds. In a microwave safe dish, combine water, sugar, vinegar and salt.  Microwave on high for 2 min. and stir.  Continue heating and stirring until the salt and sugar have completely dissolved.  Stir in dill weed and garlic.  Pour hot syrup over sliced cucumbers and cap with a lid. Place in the refrigerator and wait at least 3 days before eating (this is the hard part!).  The pickles get better over the next two weeks. They should last several months in the fridge.

Notes: You can use whole dill heads if you have them 1-2 heads per jar.  I made two pints and one quart out of the first batch, but packed the pickles different for my 2nd batch and had enough syrup to cover 1 quart and three pints, so your cucumber packing will determine your quantity. I like to put some in quarts because my cucumbers were so long!  I also tried replacing the dill and garlic with celery seed, whole cloves and mustard seed.  That made good pickles too, but I prefer the dill. You could also use whole, peeled garlic cloves in this.

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