Saturday, July 26, 2014

Refrigerator Pickles

One of my favorite summer sides are refrigerator pickles. Unlike their processed brothers they are not shelf stable but do offer a crisper texture. The brine recipe below can be used for peppers, onions, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower and cucumbers. Once made, store the pickles in the fridge for at least two days before eating to allow the brine and herbs to penetrate the vegetables. Feel free to change up (or combine) vegetables, herbs and seasonings to create a mix of pickles to suit your tastes.

For each quart jar:
2 1/4 cups water
3/4 cup vinegar
1 Tbsp pickling salt
Optional: garlic clove, fresh herbs, mustard seeds, peppercorns

Chop vegetables and place in quart jar along with garlic, herbs and spices if using. In a saucepan heat water, vinegar and salt just until salt dissolves. Pour brine over vegetables, top with lid and place in refrigerator. Pickles will last in fridge for a month.

Dill zucchini pickles and pickled peppers.

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  1. Thanks so much for posting this article. I'm always unsure about my brine because there are so many recipes out there. However with your certification I feel confident that the measurements are safe and tasty.

    1. Thanks! Hope you'll give it a try. Since these pickles are preserved via refrigeration, you don't need to worry to much about brine safety. But I do love the flexibility of this recipe - good for peppers, cukes, zukes, green beans, cauliflower, carrots and more! Always good to have pickles on hand!