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Crunchy Refrigerator Pickles

June 21, 2012
Healthy for Two: Homemade

We planted our first garden ever this year! Living in a place with a large yard is great (especially since I’ve lived my entire previous life in apartments). The only “garden” I ever had was tomatoes and herbs in a pot next to my front door. One time I was growing cherry tomatoes and saw that they were just about ripe and planned to eat them when I got off work. Well the neighbor, mailman, solicitor or whoever came to my door that day, thought they looked so appetizing that they ate them off right my plant!! I was devastated. Well now I have a huge garden of my own that I grew from seeds, and no one can touch it but us (and maybe those darn squirrels…but that’s another story). We have everything from potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, peas, peppers, onion, cantaloupe, herbs and even cucumbers! I’m going to make a video all about it soon, so stay tuned for that.

I was super excited to grow pickling cucumbers because not only would I be growing them for the first time but I would make pickles for the first time too! I’m even growing fresh dill, just for this purpose. Let me tell you, these guys grow fast. One day I see a flower and an itty bitty cucumber and the next time I look, it’s HUGE!

Healthy For Two: Pickle in the garden

I created this pickle recipe by combining a few different recipes I found on the internet for refrigerator pickles and adding a few ingredients of my own. This isn’t a recipe for the crazy canning process of making pickles. I know nothing about canning and I plan to learn more someday, just not now. This is a simple recipe to make one jar of fresh and crunchy pickles that are ready in a week and can last for a month in the fridge.

I have to admit, I was a little afraid that these wouldn’t turn out right. I let it set in the fridge for a little over a week and then finally built up the courage to taste them. HOLY MOLEY! These pickles are delicious! I honestly thought it would be harder than it was, but it’s really super simple.

Healthy For Two: Homemade Pickles

Crunchy Refrigerator Pickles

Makes a 1-quart jar


  • 2-3 large pickling cucumbers
  • 5 Fresh dill sprigs
  • 5 Cloves of garlic, peeled and slightly smashed
  • 1/2 cup Distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups Water
  • 1 Tbs Salt
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Hot pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seed
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander seed
  • 1 tsp Peppercorns
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 1 quart Canning jar

To Do:

Do this first step to make the cucumbers crunchy:

  • Wash the cucumbers then place them in a container with ice and cold water. Cover the container and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. This ensures their crunchy-ness later (or so I hear).

The next day, take out the cucumbers when you are ready to use them.

  • Combine the vinegar, water, sugar and salt into a bowl, set aside.
  • Slice the cucumbers into spears or any shape you like.
  • Put some fresh dill inside the bottom of the jar then begin arranging the cucumbers inside.
  • Add layers of cucumbers, seasonings, bay leaves, garlic and dill, and pour in the vinegar mix as you go until you have used up all the ingredients.
  • Put the lid on the jar and give it a good shake.
  • Stick it in the refrigerator for one week.
  • After a week, enjoy your fresh and homemade pickles!

*For spicier pickles, add more hot pepper flakes or even a couple whole hot peppers to the jar.

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  • Reply LindySez July 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    You are so right about those cucumbers (and zucchini too)…one day, itty bitty, next day, baseball bat.

  • Reply Martyna @ Wholesome Cook July 9, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I would give a lot to have one of those pickles right now… I was just thinking today I should pickle some capsicum!

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