May 14, 2016

Refrigerator Pickles



Farmer's market season is quickly approaching and that means I will be trying to find new way to enjoy fresh produce! One of my favorites I discovered last summer was homemade refrigerator pickles! They are so delicious and are great on a sandwich or, my favorite, on their own straight from the jar! They take about 20 minutes to prep then you just need to wait a day or two before you enjoy them!

I have a few variations of this recipe. One is a very light pickle flavor that allows you to enjoy the flavor of the cucumber, one that is a stronger pickle flavor, and one is a spicy version! They are all prepped the same way just a few tweaks to the ingredients!

MELLOW PICKLE INGREDIENTS:
2 small seedless cucumbers
1 cup cold water
2 TBSP white distilled vinegar
1 sprig of fresh dill
1 clove of garlic, roughly chopped
1 TSP salt

STRONGER PICKLE INGREDIENTS:
2 small seedless cucumbers
1 cup cold water
2 TBSP white distilled vinegar
4 sprigs of fresh dill
2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
2 TSP salt

SPICY PICKLES INGREDIENTS:
2 small seedless cucumbers
1 cup cold water
2 TBSP white distilled vinegar
2 sprigs of fresh dill
2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 jalapeno, sliced
1 TBSP black peppercorns
2 TSP salt

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL RECIPES:
Slice your cucumbers however you like. I usually do slices so I can put them on sandwiches but spears work great too. In a 16oz mason jar, add your dill, garlic, (and jalapenos and peppercorns if spicy), and your cut up cucumber. Mix together the water, vinegar and salt in a separate bowl. Pour the water mixture into your jar until the cucumbers are complete covered or to the top of the jar. Seal the jar and place in your refrigerator. After a day or two, enjoy!




If you try out one of these recipes let me know how it turns out!

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