Quick Refrigerator Pickles

This one’s for you, Suchalab (from yesterday’s comments). Everyone should know how to make a ‘fridge pickle. (Also? They’re not just for cucumbers anymore. Think onions! Think carrots! Think beets! Think beans! Think fennel!)

These are the pickles I brought to David on the show on Tuesday. I made them quickly, slicing up a lone cuke that arrived in my CSA box, and covering it with a quick brine of rice vinegar, sugar, salt and pickling spices – something I picked up in the bulk spice section, but looks like mustard seed, coriander and bay leaves? With other bits in it?

As I wrote in Swerve a couple weeks ago, there are a few factors that keep would-be pickle enthusiasts from pursuing this particular craft: the time commitment of putting up dozens of enormous jars of baby cukes, and then those dozens of jars, filled with dill pickles or the like, occupying a good chunk of valuable real estate in the pantry. As with jam, there’s no reason a batch of pickles should require bushels of veggies, dozens of canning jars, proper processing equipment plus an entire afternoon spent in their service. Quick pickles come together quickly and in small batches – a single jar in the fridge is all you need, right? When you think of a refrigerator pickle as simply brined or marinated veggies, they don’t seem quite so intimidating.





Quick Refrigerator Pickles

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25 comments on “Quick Refrigerator Pickles

  1. suchalab
    September 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    WOW! Thank you, these look great!

  2. Lori E
    September 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    So very doable. I do well canning most things but not with pickles. This is probably a better process for me.

  3. Bonnie White
    September 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Julie my family loved the cassoulet. I added leeks which were also delicious.

    My sister used to make pickled eggs all the time. She loved them with her salads or a snack and she was a huge fan of refrigerator pickles. I sure miss her. In memory of her and inspired by your blog, I am going to make some pickled carrots…and a few eggs.

  4. Helene
    September 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I love pickled cucumbers. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Natalie (GA)
    September 16, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I was just introduced to lacto-fermented vegetables. [Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon]. It was really easy to do a batch of banana peppershttp://realfoodlittlerock.blogspot.com/2011/06/banana-peppers-lacto-fermented.html. I could totally see you getting into this ~ you probably have already done it, but I thought I would share!

  6. suchalab
    September 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Pickles made, just waiting now for the requisite day or two…Thanks again

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  8. colesangel
    October 4, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I am a maker of pickles!! Thanks Julie! I used regular white vinegar and regular salt and dried dill that i picked from container on my front doorstep and the cucumbers that my landlady rejected out of the garden cause they were curly and funny shaped and too little cause that’s what i had and they are sooo good! I’ll use a bit less salt and more dill next time but I am a maker of pickles! 😀

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