Sweet & Spicy Refrigerator Pickles
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Sweet and slightly spicy pickles made in your very own refrigerator!
Recipe type: Vegetable
Cuisine: Vegetable
Serves: 16 oz
  • 8 Kirby cucumbers (or any non-waxy variety)
  • ½ small yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 Tb. kosher salt
Pickling/Brining Solution
  • 2 c. water (at room temperature)
  • 3 tsp. white sugar
  • 1 Tb. kosher salt
  • ⅓ c. white vinegar
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled & thinly sliced
  • ½” piece of jalapeno or red chile, seeded, thinly sliced
  1. Wash cucumbers in cold water and trim off both ends (blossom ends of cucumbers may contain an enzyme which can cause softening of pickles).
  2. Slice cucumbers into ¼” pieces; slice onion into thin or thick pieces, depending on preference. Place into a glass or plastic bowl (i.e., not metal). Sprinkle with kosher salt. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
  3. Transfer cucumbers/onions to a colander and rinse thoroughly until all the salt is removed. Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl (use one with a pouring spout, if you have one) combine water, sugar and salt and mix to dissolve thoroughly. When dissolved, add in remaining brining ingredients.
  5. Pack cucumbers/onions into two, 8-oz. (clean) canning jars.
  6. Pour 1 c. of brining solution into each jar, covering everything completely.
  7. Tightly place the lids on each jar and refrigerate for at least 2 days.
  8. After the first day, invert each jar to evenly disperse the solution. Check to ensure your seal is still strong before doing this!
1) if using store-bought cucumbers, be sure they don’t have wax on them.
2) Adding salt to the sliced cucumbers draws out excess water that can dilute the pickling solution.
3) By using a vinegar, water & sugar brining solution, these pickles can be stored safely in your refrigerator for about 1 month, but they probably won’t last that long!
Recipe by My Delicious Blog at https://www.mydeliciousblog.com/sweet-spicy-refrigerator-pickles/