Easy Refrigerator Pickles Recipe
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Easy Refrigerator Pickles Recipe

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This is a great way to use cucumbers and onions from the garden. Here in Upstate New York, we have an abundance of cucumbers. —Catherine Seibold, Elma, New York
Featured In: 22 Pickled Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 6 cups thinly sliced cucumbers
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 58 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Place cucumbers and onions in a large bowl; set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook and stir just until the sugar is dissolved. Pour over cucumber mixture; cool. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving. Yield: 6 cups.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Use this tasty brine to quick-pickle other vegetables such as summer squash and green beans.
  • This is a great way to use up produce right before it's on its last legs.
  • Originally published as Easy Refrigerator Pickles in Country Extra July 1999, p51

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    misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 263139
    Reviewed Mar. 6, 2017

    "Lovely recipe. Some mentioned they needed more brine- but if you pack more tightly, you will need less brine. Perhaps top off with more cucumber and onion. When ever i have a few cucumbers left over, I make a jar to set aside. Everyone loves these. Some asked how long they keep- well, once opened (and kept in the fridge) they last several weeks. That is if you do not eat them all first"

    JCV4 User ID: 628113 254059
    Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016

    "I'm so glad I found this recipe to help me use up the abundance of cucumbers this year! This recipe is so easy to make and the pickles have a great balance of flavors. Even the onions taste great in this solution. I'm sure you could pickle just about anything with this recipe, it's great!"

    gld2bmom User ID: 7191733 230435
    Reviewed Jul. 30, 2015

    "Love this easy and delicious recipe! The pickles' have just the right balance of sweet and tart!"

    lesa1970 User ID: 8114922 228087
    Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

    "directions were very simple to follow and very easy to make and they sure was delicious and definitely makes for a good gift ideal I love giving gifts especially when its something that I have made homemade and I believe people enjoy homemade gifts better than bought gifts thank you for the recipes"

    katwhite45 User ID: 8364646 226012
    Reviewed May. 7, 2015

    "So easy, and so good!"

    Gbro User ID: 7918859 50117
    Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

    "I, like another reviewer, was confused by the 6 cups of veggies versus only 1.5 cups of the vinegar solution. I needed to triple it to cover all of the cucumbers and onions. I also couldn't find celery seed and substituted caraway seed. Fortunately, still turned out awesome. Very tasty. A bit floppy to pick up, but they were still crunchy to bite. I'll definitely be keeping this recipe. Thanks."

    Jarvisfamily User ID: 6054418 34971
    Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

    "Super easy & very tasty! I followed another reviewer's suggestion to use less sugar & cut it in half. The pickles are still sweet & tangy. I also omited the ground cloves since they were alittle too expensive, seems fine without it. We will continue to make these to have around to nibble on. Great snack item!"

    Welshy User ID: 7336902 25056
    Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

    "I've made these for years.Similar to a bread & butter pickle. Lasts until gone. We've still had them for Christmas!"

    doglover5 User ID: 6256665 26548
    Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

    "Have never made refrigerator pickles. I see someone has already asked how long they will keep. I did not see that anyone answered. Can someone please let us know how long they keep please? thanks"

    Jeannemarie65 User ID: 7609336 26544
    Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

    "easy to make. Good flavor. Would love in larger Amt and be able to can. Refrig space at a premium."

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