Freezer Cucumber Pickles Recipe
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Freezer Cucumber Pickles Recipe

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When I first started to make these crunchy and satisfying pickles, I wasn't sure if freezing cucumbers would actually work. To my surprise, they come out perfect! Now I make enough to take them to picnics or give as gifts to friends and neighbors. —Connie Goense, Pembroke Pine, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing
MAKES:80 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing
MAKES: 80 servings


  • 4 pounds pickling cucumbers, sliced
  • 8 cups thinly sliced onions (about 8 medium)
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups cider vinegar

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 47 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 355mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (11g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein


  1. Rinse ten 2-cup plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly. Divide cucumbers, onions, salt and water between two large bowls. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours. Do not drain.
  2. Add 2 cups sugar and 1 cup vinegar to each bowl; stir until sugar is dissolved. Transfer to prepared containers, leaving 1-in. headspace for expansion; freeze up to 6 months.
  3. Thaw pickles in refrigerator 8 hours before using. Serve within 2 weeks after thawing. Yield: 10 pints.
Originally published as Freezer Cucumber Pickles in Taste of Home June/July 1995, p39

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Reviewed Aug. 27, 2015 Edited Sep. 14, 2015

"I was skeptical when I first saw this recipe, but decided to give it a try. They are soooo good!!!! Crispy and full of flavor!!! I didn't divide anything, just used big bowls. Yes, you can keep them in the freezer longer than 6 weeks, but they won't last that long."

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2014

"5 stars for taste but the recipe "as is" only does about 5-6 pints. All in all a good freezer pickle."

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"Will these pickles keep longer then 6 weeks in the freezer in freezer containers???"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2012

"it says cover and freeze for up tp 6 weeks does that mean they are no good any longer then the 6 weeks in the freezer"

Reviewed Aug. 7, 2010

"I have been making these since the recipe first appeared in the magazine. My family loves them, they can sit and eat them right out of the jar !"

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