Refrigerator Garden Pickles Recipe
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Refrigerator Garden Pickles Recipe

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Canning isn't necessary for these crisp-tender, tangy pickles. Keep them in the fridge and eat them up within a month. —Linda Chapman, Meriden, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 6 cups sugar
  • 6 cups white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup celery seed
  • 1/4 cup mustard seed
  • 2 tablespoons canning salt
  • 10 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 medium cucumbers, sliced
  • 3 medium sweet red peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large onions, halved and sliced
  • 1 bunch green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the first five ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Meanwhile, place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Pour hot liquid over vegetables; cool. Transfer to jars, if desired; cover tightly. Refrigerate for 6-8 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Yield: 7 pints.
Originally published as Refrigerator Garden Pickles in Taste of Home June/July 2012, p12

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KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 228757
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2015

"Very delicious, easy to prepare, and looked beautiful in the jars. I cut the recipe in half, and used a bit less sugar. I let them sit in the fridge for one week, and they were delicious! I'll definitely make them again, but next time I'll omit the 'celery seed' and the 'mustard seed', but I'll use 'pickling spice' instead (since it contains a little more 'pickling' spices, and will add even more flavor to this already delicious recipe.) I'll also add some fresh dill into the jars before closing them."

jessesmamaw User ID: 6000481 199920
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2012

"This was easy and everyone loved them will make over and over again"

lacookie63 User ID: 4373789 184150
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"This is so yummy! Great for eating alone, topping burgers, hot dogs, you name it! One of our church cookbooks has the same recipe in it. I figured the veggies would soak up more of the liquid than it did so we saved the liquid & are going to make this again, since its a lot of sugar. Just re-boil it & immerse veggies again. Next time, we want to add more cucumbers & less of some of the other veggies. Because there's so much liquid, you probably could add more veggies than recipe calls for."

ruthau27 User ID: 1015834 184149
Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"i make a very similar pickle with lots of sliced hot peppers, whole garlic to taste. the sweet hot combo is very good"

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