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1 Refrigerated pickles on Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:43 pm

gypsy


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I love watching the blossoms turn into teeny-tiny cucumbers and watching them grow every day, sometimes seemingly overnight. I grew these space-saving cucumbers from seed and I'm training them to grow up our fence. The farmers' markets are full of cucumbers right now for you to try this simple recipe - no canning equipment required!

Refrigerator Pickles
~from Savoring Time in the Kitchen's Mom
Printable Recipe

Makes about 6 Cups

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1-2 teaspoons celery seed (I use 2)
1 teaspoon salt

3 cups sliced cucumber
3 small onions, thinly sliced

Place sliced cucumber and onions in a large container or bowl. In a separate bowl, stir vinegar, sugar, water and salt together until dissolved. Add celery seed. Pour mixture over cucumber and onions and refrigerate.

**Many have asked when these can be eaten. I sometimes nibble on them the same day but they taste best in 1-2 days in my opinion.

Keeps for 2-3 months.

2 Re: Refrigerated pickles on Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:55 am

the hermit


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I too have had a glut of cucumbers this year. I have grown the standard F1 variety and the miniature ones... I shall try your recipe later today. I have been packing them into jars and pickling them (we call them 'Wallies' when they are pickled. (don't ask me why, the answer is lost in history). I have also made several batches of Tzatziki, which is very yummy, but you have to like garlic and not have many or care about your close friends if you make this.
The good news is cucumbers are not fattening!

3 Re: Refrigerated pickles on Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:22 am

Candy Cottingham


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Unfortunately Cucumbers give me indigestion. But I do like them, I use to have a sandwich with white pepper and malt vinigar.
I might try grating a bit. I have removed the green skin to no avail.

I thought Wallies were small cucumbers pickled ... Mum loved them.

I do not have to worry about getting fat .... I am just right. flower

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4 Re: Refrigerated pickles on Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:28 pm

gypsy


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I love garlic, I have pickled some before. I like a good crisp pickle with a sandwich. I have a good dill pickle recipe also will put that here later.

5 Re: Refrigerated pickles on Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:58 pm

gypsy


Moderator
My Garlic Dill pickle recipe





Cool and crunchy, delightfully sour and capable of going from snack to sandwich without a hitch that's what I call a good pickle. Did you know that they're a cinch to make at home? You don't even need to set aside the afternoon; you can make a few pint jars in less than thirty minutes. Here's everything you need to know to make your own batch of homemade dill pickles right now.


Choosing the Best Cucumber
Kirby cucumbers are the classic pickling cucumber. They hold up better than English cucumbers during pickling, remaining firm and crunchy instead of becoming overly soft. I've also found that Persian cucumbers make very nice pickles they have thinner skin and are the perfect size for packing into pint jars. Persian pickles are what I used in the tutorial today.

You can also use this recipe as a template for pickling other vegetables. Okra, green beans, garlic scapes, and even carrots all make delicious pickles if you're feeling like branching out into other parts of the garden!

No matter what cucumber or vegetable you use, make sure they are ripe and feel firm avoid limp or wrinkly vegetables. Wash the vegetables before pickling and cut away any bruises or blemishes.



The Pickling Brine
These pickles are made with a very basic brine of equal parts cider vinegar and water mixed with salt. This brine gets poured over the cucumbers whole cukes, spears, or sliced coins and transforms the vegetables into pickles. While you can certainly eat the pickles right away, they get even better after they've had some time to soak in the brine.

Keep the ratios the same, and you can make more or less brine to suit the amount of pickles you want to make. You can also swap out the cider vinegar for rice vinegar, white wine vinegar, or another vinegar to suit your taste.






How to Make Dill Pickles

Makes 2 pint jars
What You Need
Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds Kirby or Persian cucumbers
4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
2 teaspoons dill seed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons pickling salt or kosher salt


Instructions
Prepare the jars: If you are planning to can your pickles for long-term storage, bring a large pot of water to a boil and sterilize the jars and their lids. If you are planning to make refrigerator pickles, simply washing the jars and lids is fine.
Prepare the cucumbers: Wash and dry the cucumbers. Trim away the blossom end of the cucumber, which contains enzymes that can lead to limp pickles. Leave the pickles whole, cut them into spears, or slice them into coins, as preferred.
Add the spices to the jars: Divide the garlic, dill seed, and red pepper flakes (if using) between the pint jars: 2 smashed cloves, 1 teaspoon dill seed, and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes per jar.
Pack the pickles into the jars: Pack the pickles into the jars. Trim the ends if they stand more than 1/2 inch below the top of the jar. Pack them in as tightly as you can without smashing the cucumbers.
Bring the pickling brine to a boil: Combine the vinegar, water, and salt in a small sauce pan over high heat. Bring to a rolling boil. Pour the brine over the pickles, filling each jar to within 1/2-inch of the top. You may not use all the brine.
Remove air bubbles: Gently tap the jars against the counter a few times to remove all the air bubbles. Top off with more pickling brine if necessary.
Tighten the lids: Place the lids over the jars and screw on the rings until tight.
Optional Process the pickles for longer storage: For longer storage, place the jars in a boiling pot of water. When the water comes back to a boil, set the timer for 5 minutes and remove the jars immediately. Make sure the lids pop down; if they do not, refrigerate those pickles and eat them first.
Cool and refrigerate: Let the jars cool to room temperature. If you processed the jars, they can be stored on the shelf. If unprocessed, store the pickles in the fridge. The pickles will improve with flavor as they age try to wait at least 48 hours before cracking them open. Canned pickles will keep for at least a year on the shelf and for several weeks in the refrigerator once opened; refrigerator pickles will keep for several weeks.
Recipe Notes
Dilly Beans and Other Pickles: Many other summer vegetables can be pickled following this method green beans (a.k.a. dilly beans), okra, garlic scapes, etc. Experiment to find your favorites!
Crisp Texture: If your pickles are softer than you'd like, read this post on 5 Ways to Give Your Pickles Better Texture.
Other Flavors: Dill isn't all you can make! Swap out the dill seed for tumeric, black peppercorns, mustard seeds, or any other spices that sound good to you.
Making a Larger Batch: Keep the ratio of vinegar, water, and salt the same and make enough to top off all your jars of pickles.

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