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Easy Sweet Refrigerator Pickles

Easy Sweet Refrigerator Pickles
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Yield: 4 pints

Skip the supermarket and treat yourself to a few pints of fresh, crunchy homemade pickles. These easy sweet refrigerator pickles start with classic cucumbers then add onion, pepper, celery, and dill for the perfect sweet summer pickle.

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    • 2 lbs. small pickling cucumbers (about 10)
    • 1 bell pepper, sliced into 1/4-inch rings
    • 1 onion, sliced into 1/4-inch rings
    • 1 rib of celery, cut into 1/4-inch diagonal slices
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
    • Fresh dill


Scrub the cucumbers clean and slice them into diagonal rounds (1/2-inch or 1/4-inch thick depending on how you like them). Toss the sliced cucumber, onion, pepper, and celery with the salt in a large colander set in the sink or over a bowl. Allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes, but preferably an hour.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the mustard seeds and whisk another minute.

Spoon the cucumber mixture evenly into 4 separate clean pint jars, stopping halfway through to tuck a few sprigs of dill into each jar. Pack, but don't crush, the cucumber mixture in.

Distribute the vinegar and sugar mixture into each jar, then seal shut. Store in the fridge until ready to eat -- at least 8 hours, but longer if you can wait. They'll keep in the fridge for several weeks.

Updated Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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2 Responses to Easy Sweet Refrigerator Pickles

  1. Peter Kondash September 8, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    my cat was always losing toys under the stove also Solution: went to lumber store, purchased a 1/2″ by 3/4″ x 3 foot pine strip. Went home and measured the width. Cut tight so when I put it under the stove it would not move. Pushed under stove about 1 inch so it is not visible.

    Low and behold no more lost toys.

    • Aimee Seavey September 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

      This is a great tip, Peter! Thanks for sharing! :)

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