Pickles Pickles Pickles

Pickles are one of those foods that everyone discounts. Grocery store pickles lack a certain panache. Inevitable limp and overly salty yet somehow under seasoned, those are a sad shadow of what truly good pickle can be. Here, I have a fool-proof recipe for crunchy, flavorful pickles every time.

These pickles are one of the most requested recipes I have ever made. I always keep a jar of these crunchy, briny bad boys in my fridge. Any time someone comes over, they run to the fridge and grab a few to munch on while we plan out the day’s events.

Feel free to adjust the seasonings for your tastes. Too garlicy? Leave it out. Want a twist? Add some other crunchy veggies to the mix. Green beans or asparagus are also great options. I like to add a few more chilis to make these really pop. Taste as you go and you will end up with a yummy jar every time. Be warned, once you make these, you might have to make them pretty often to keep up with demand!

Refrigerator Pickles

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Ingredients:

per pound of cucumbers

  • Kirby cucumbers  or other narrow cucumbers
  • Salt
  • Vinegar (plain white vinegar is best but apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar can give an interesting result for those looking to up their pickle game)
  • 1 bunch Fresh Dill
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 ½ tbsp Peppercorns
  • 1 whole Chili Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut cucumbers into either rounds or spears
  2. Toss with salt (approx 1-2 tsp per pound)
  3. Bring vinegar and water to a boil (1 part vinegar to 5 parts water) with peppercorns and chili pepper; allow to cool slightly (you don’t want to cook the cucumbers when you add the liquid so else they will lose their crunch)
  4. Drain any liquid from the cucumbers and pack, with dill and garlic, in a glass jar
  5. Cover with hot pickling liquid and allow to cool to room temperature
  6. Taste and add approx 1 tbsp of salt to the jar (more or less depending on your own tastes – remember, you can always add more salt but you can’t easily take it away), cover, and mix thoroughly
  7. Refrigerate overnight

Dill Pickles

Dill Pickles

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