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Refrigerator pickles

Made some last night and someone wanted to know the recipe. Since I typed it up for facebook, may as well post it here:

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These are refrigerator pickles and should be made in small batches. I usually do four at at time but the recipe is, roughly, per jar:

4-5 pickling cukes cut how you like
3 cloves garlic
2 dill sprigs
2 peppers of choice (usually jalapenos, but thai chilis here)
1/4 large onion chopped
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon peppercorns
1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water

Cut the cukes, in this case some spears and some chips. Sprinkle some salt and put in the fridge for a couple of hours. While doing that, boil the garlic for about 30 minutes to soften. You can skip this step but it makes the pickled garlic taste bad if you try to eat it. After two hours, take the cukes out and rinse them thoroughly. Mix 50/50 water vinegar and bring to a rolling boil and add a little salt. In the bottom of the jar add 1 dill sprig, 1 tablespon salt, peppercorns, mustard seed, peppers and onion. Stuff the jar as full of cucumbers as you can, add another dill sprig on top. When the vinegar/water is boiling, ladle it in and fill the jars as full as you can. Let sit on the counter for about an hour, put the lids on them, turn them up to get the brine flowing, then put them in the fridge. Ready to eat the next day and will last about a month in the fridge.

The onions, peppers and garlic at the bottom are the best part.

6 Responses to “Refrigerator pickles”

  1. BobG Says:

    I’ve made similar ones, and they are quite good. Using pearl onions instead of chopped onions works well also.

  2. GD Says:

    Can you boil the garlic in the water / vinegar solution… just to save some steps?

  3. bluesun Says:

    Are you growing your own Thai chilies, or can you find them locally?

  4. SayUncle Says:

    GD, you probably could but it never occurred to me.

    Blue, I get them by the pound at the local Asian market.

  5. Mopar Says:

    My wife’s pickles are not quite as tame as Unc’s, heh. Here’s her recipe: http://cher-homespun.blogspot.com/2010/07/im-in-such-pickle.html

  6. texasaggie2005 Says:

    Mopar, I’m making your wife’s pickles this weekend. Those look awesome!

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