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Easy Refrigerator Pickles Recipe

Easy Refrigerator Pickles Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Recipe Note


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.
  • Nutritional Facts

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

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    gunslinger User ID: 544392 269740
    Reviewed Jul. 20, 2017

    "Delicious! Great for when you just have a small amount of cucumbers or don't want to go to the trouble of canning them. Just enough spices to give it a great flavor!"

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    jjquilts User ID: 4221608 268980
    Reviewed Jul. 4, 2017

    "My new favorite pickle recipe! I reduced the onions to 1/2-3/4 cup and cut slivers from a quartered onion rather than rings; reduced the turmeric to 1/4 teaspoon; used whole cloves rather than ground cloves (didn't have any ground and also didn't want to make the liquid cloudy). I had to triple the liquid, though, in order to get enough. When I triple the recipe, I use 1/2 tsp turmeric and reduced the sugar to 4 cups. Yield was 5 pints. You can save leftover liquid and just add more cucumbers. I add a few slivers of red bell pepper for more color. You could also use this mixture for okra, peppers, squash, etc. Also, I like to soak my sliced cucumbers overnight in lime water, for extra crispness.

    The first batch or two goes right into the refrigerator. After that, I use the same liquid ratios x 4 or 8, and process in water bath canner for 10 min (pints) or 15 min (quarts). They need to cure for several weeks, so by the time they're ready, we've finished the refrigerator ones."

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    Lady Fingers User ID: 2682286 268814
    Reviewed Jul. 1, 2017

    "Try it with small cauliflower florets!"

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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"

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    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!"

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    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!"

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    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"

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

    "So easy, and so good!"

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    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."

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    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!"

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    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!"

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    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"

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    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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    sham24jr User ID: 3189855 26543
    Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

    "Awesomely easy-to-use"

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    delowenstein User ID: 3766053 33878
    Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014 Edited Jul. 25, 2016

    "I made these pickles again & used 3 unpeeled cucumbers, 1-1/4 cup sliced onion, 1-1/2

    tsp. pickling spice, 3/4 tsp. each salt, turmeric, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, 1-1/4 cup each sugar and cider vinegar. I used less cucumbers and the pickling liquid since it's just myself now.
    These pickles are great-the best thing is that no canning procedures are needed! Thank you for this recipe! delowenstein"

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    Barbaraslote User ID: 7666287 29798
    Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

    "Awesome and easy...Hayley Sambo people are saying up to a year and also can be frozen"

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    HayleySambo User ID: 7893018 50116
    Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

    "How long will they keep in the fridge please?"

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    katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 26542
    Reviewed Jul. 16, 2014

    "These are awesome! They were so easy to make! I asked my husband if he wanted to try them and he was like "they're done already?" Great recipe and thanks for sharing!"

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    jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 27095
    Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

    "Sweet, sour, crunchy, and easy!"

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    Chef Sal User ID: 7061078 33877
    Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

    "Awesome, easy recipe! My family and coworkers loved them. Making another batch today. Thanks for sharing"

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    holland.janet User ID: 5691678 53425
    Reviewed Jun. 27, 2014

    "Made refrigerator pickles for years. This recipe also works for simple Zucchini (green summer squash) refrigerator pickles. Just substitute small (6 to 7 inches long) squash sliced half inch thick in place of the cucumbers. I also add a pinch of fennel seed and a 3 inch long cinnamon stick to ramp up the flavor."

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    lisam5305 User ID: 6993949 66413
    Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

    "These are cooling on my counter as we speak! I've never made pickles before so I appreciated how simple this recipe was...and the fact that I had all the ingredients on hand. The only thing I will add is that I had to add probably another cup of vinegar mixture in order to cover all the cucumber and onion slices in the big Mason jar I used. A cup and a half just didn't do it, not even half the jar. Having to make another batch of vinegar mixture allowed me to be a bit creative though...I used white vinegar and more savory spices to offset the large amount of sugar in the recipe. The whole kitchen smells so good now! Can't wait to try them!"

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    jkh62cl User ID: 1648819 34970
    Reviewed May. 30, 2014

    "Followed recipe to a T and these are fantastic! Getting ready to make a second batch."

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    auntiegps User ID: 6854591 73293
    Reviewed May. 27, 2014

    "I love these pickles and have been making them for way too many years"

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    faeriemom1 User ID: 1353355 203215
    Reviewed May. 27, 2014

    "REALLY don't like "sweet" in my pickles. Can anybody tell me how to adjust this recipe so that I don't get that sweet taste? I will also add dill to mine. Thanks in advance!"

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    tarie User ID: 6412756 53424
    Reviewed May. 27, 2014

    "I have been making these pickles for many years. After the pickles themselves are gone, i slice up more cucumbers and add to the "juice" that is left. I have found i can do this several times, before having to start all over again."

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    dardar2002 User ID: 3749507 66403
    Reviewed May. 16, 2014

    "I Made these last year and they came out wonderful. was wondering if can use the same recipe for beets?"

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    MommyS User ID: 5146313 27092
    Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

    "Super fast, super easy, super good!"

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    coyoteblue User ID: 5088080 33874
    Reviewed Aug. 21, 2013

    "Help! Help! I am making this recipe for the first time right now. Yikes! It calls for cider vinegar. Is it OK to use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with mother? Or is it best to use the process Cider vinegar?"

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    dwilfer User ID: 6972953 50113
    Reviewed Aug. 14, 2013

    "It is indeed VERY simple and quick. The pickles are crisp and tasty. They are a good cross between a sweet pickle and dill."

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    meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 73258
    Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

    "This recipe was super easy! I couldn't wait to try them after the 24 hours. They were very crunchy, which is good. I think next time I would use less clove, that was a little over powering for me and I'd make sure to cut the onions as thin as possible."

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    galenh User ID: 1069349 203214
    Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

    "I neglected to rate this recipe, It's definitely %+ stars"

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    galenh User ID: 1069349 53423
    Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

    "I don't "can" so I tried this recipe and loved it. It's so easy and the results are delicious! This is a keeper and I've made it twice since I have a good crop of cucumbers this year. Try it you will love it even if sweet pickles is not your favorite. My husband loves dills but loved this recipe."

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    shirleyrez User ID: 1494304 33872
    Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

    "These are so easy, and so tasty! We love them!. Can't keep my husband out of the jar."

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    DiNana User ID: 1350031 20759
    Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

    "very similar to an old recipe of my mother's that I used to love & will be happy to reproduce - thank you !"

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    Lsu831 User ID: 7321554 66394
    Reviewed Aug. 2, 2013

    "So easy and really good.......had abundant crop of cukes.....so plan to make more and give as gifts."

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    MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 66319
    Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

    "I had about 2 lbs. of Kirby cucumbers leftover after making processed bread & Butter Pickles with my regular recipe. So I used them to make these 'easy Refrigerator Pickles' - which just might be the only kind of pickles I ever make again! They took so much less time and are so tasty. My husband loves that they are crisp. The onions add a lot too. Next time I will make more of the liquid right up front, so I don't have to go back and make more."

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    Arlene75 User ID: 5154976 29797
    Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

    "As good as Mrs. Wages recipe. Maybe better..."

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    goodcookin1234 User ID: 1866415 50111
    Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

    "Wonderful recipe, and very easy to make !!!"

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    roofus User ID: 4065640 71652
    Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

    "This is a great, crunchy pickle even after extended time in the fridge..like a year or more.It's the best."

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    Ms.KariJo User ID: 7350403 66318
    Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

    "cool"

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    annsway1 User ID: 1667005 20756
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "Yes, fully submerge the pickles, as with anything you can. Love this recipe with Splenda!!"

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    kitzer User ID: 4188178 70741
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "lulumom - I have always used chopped REAL garlic!! Also add chopped green peppers. YUM!!"

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    jujumom User ID: 5671456 53422
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "Haven't made these yet but when I do, I will def. have to add garlic powder."

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    cimdy User ID: 5762743 20749
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "Tasty but I doubled the brine and also used 1 tbsp. Of pickling spice."

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    rvgal237 User ID: 4951242 26408
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "Delish ! I made them using Equal sugar substitute. Not too thrilled with the after taste of the Equal. so I made a 2nd batch using "real" sugar. Much better ! I am diabetic, but maybe the tad of sugar I'll consume won't be harmful. I used Vidalia onions with my cukes. Yummy !"

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    mamlt User ID: 31335 25054
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "I've been making this seems like forever and have been using granular Splenda and white vinegar. They also keep in frig for weeks if they last that long. Work well in the freezer also."

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    peachynonni User ID: 4215913 26407
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "This is the best and easiest pickle recipe yet!"

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    AmandaH76 User ID: 6772884 203213
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "I love using cucs from my garden to make pickles, this year I didn't plant any cucs but my dad did and I just have been using them. I do think that they taste like bread and butter pickles which I love eaing but I think that I'm going to try to make them next time w/splenda just for the calorie issue :)"

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    duckslinedup User ID: 5057425 50109
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "I am in the midst of making these pickles and am not sure if pickles have to totally submersed in brine when I am filling the mason jars. Any comments would be appreciated."

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    duckslinedup User ID: 5057425 26406
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "I am making these pickles and filling the mason jars. Do I fully submerse the pickles in brine? If so, it seems like I have more pickles than brine! Any comments would be aprreciated"

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    CandySh User ID: 5629404 53418
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "I have not made this yet. Wondering if you can use Splenda in place of the sugar?"

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    lilbutterfly User ID: 6277803 50107
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "I'm wondering if you can use whole pickles instead of cutting them up! Sounds so easy! Anyone know??"

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    catharley User ID: 1212975 71593
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "I have made recipes very much like this and they keep forever, like all winter."

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    sdyeag User ID: 7109873 20746
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "Can anyone tell me how long these will keep in my refrigerator? Also, wondering if a portion of these could be put in a freezer container and kept in the freezer. Would appreciate your input."

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    mat249 User ID: 5921996 53417
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "My mother made these all the time when I was young. I plan to make this year. Can anyone tell me how long they are good for in the refrigerator without canning?"

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    deannasnz User ID: 6542477 33870
    Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

    "This recipe is easy and good."

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    sportsmom3777 User ID: 3312509 50106
    Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

    "SO VERY easy AND quick TO MAKE!!! I used regular and pickling cucs together in this.DELICIOUS!!! Tastes just like the bread and butter my grandmother would can. We love them on our hamburgers."

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    johnsen User ID: 2755435 71549
    Reviewed Jul. 31, 2010

    "very good, easy to make"

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    MicheleGH User ID: 4409773 33869
    Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

    "Absolutely the best! I was looking for a way to use up a proliferation of pickles (mine are burpless eating, not pickling variety) and this recipe was a winner - very easy to make - very tasty - everyone has raved about them. Best of all, the pickles stayed crispy for over 2-weeks (can't say how much longer, we ate them all and I had to make more!). The only directions I would change are heating only the sugar and vinegar together, and putting the spices directly into a layered cucumber- & onion-filled quart jar. This way you don't lose any of the yummy spices on the sides of the pan - they are all in the jar."

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    joy521joy User ID: 2155355 26405
    Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

    "Great way to use up all those cucumbers. I make this with splenda for a low calorie dish."

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