Easy Refrigerator Pickles Recipe

It’s no secret that many things from your own kitchen are more flavorful, healthful, and nutrient dense than store-bought. Pickles are no exception.

They’re called “refrigerator pickles” because you allow the vinegar and other ingredients to tenderize and flavor the cucumbers with no need for cooking. You end up with crispy, fresh, delicious pickles that have all the raw nutrients in tact.

Refrigerator Pickles: Simple, Delicious Dill Pickles

You will need

  • 1 quart jar with a lid
  • 2-3 pickling cucumbers
  • 5 sprigs of fresh dill
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic crushed and minced
  • 3 Tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • ½ – 1 Tbsp kosher salt, to taste
  • distilled or filtered water – enough to top off jar
  • 20 black peppercorns, optional
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

Cut pickles into discs, spears, or sandwich slices and add to the jar with all ingredients except the water. Once everything is in the jar, fill to the very top with distilled or filtered water and screw lid on very tightly. Shake the jar up to distribute flavors and leave on your countertop for 12 hours. Shake again and turn upside down for another 12 hours, making sure the lid is screwed on tightly to avoid leakage. After pickles have sat for a total of 24 hours go taste your creation – you won’t believe how good they are! Store in refrigerator and enjoy within a month for maximum freshness.

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