- Refrigerator Pickles
- Ingredients for Refrigerator Pickles
- How do you make refrigerator pickles?
- How far in advance should you make refrigerator pickles?
- What other flavors can you use in refrigerator pickles?
- Storage and leftovers
- How long can I keep refrigerator pickles in the fridge?
- Do pickles need to be refrigerated after opening?
- Can you freeze refrigerator pickles?
- What to eat with refrigerator pickles (serving suggestions)
- More Pickle Recipes
- Other delicious snack ideas
- Suggested Tools
Refrigerator Pickles are a simple pickle recipe made with vinegar, dill, and garlic. This no boil pickle recipe will become a family favorite in no time!
Refrigerator Pickles remind me of growing up in south Florida. I was raised in the land of the Jewish deli (oh, how I love a good Jewish deli) where they would always put a dish of of crunchy pickles on the table for munching before your entree arrived. Oh, I love those pickles. So I went ahead and made some.
I have no idea if the authentic deli pickles are made this way, I just make these the easiest way I know how. Also the most delicious. Most. Deeeelicious. I like to serve them with a tuna stuffed tomatoes or on top of pulled pork sandwiches!
Ingredients for Refrigerator Pickles
- Cucumbers – use whatever kind of cucumber you like, but if you use the type with wax make sure to peel them first.
- Fresh garlic – I like to slice mine thin and then eat them with the pickles. Yummmm.
- Sweet yellow onion – Also super delicious pickled. Don’t worry, they don’t make your pickles oniony, they just add more flavor.
- Dill seed – Yes! Dill seed, not weed! Dill weed will work in a pinch, but dill seed is definitely better.
- Salt – kosher, please.
- White vinegar – nothing fancy!
- Filtered water – it’s really important to use filtered water, you don’t want your pickles tasting like chlorine.
How do you make refrigerator pickles?
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⭐ First, add cucumber, onion, and garlic to a large bowl. Sprinkle with dill seed and salt, then mix well (alternately you could layer directly into your mason jar).
⭐ Next, pack mixture into mason jars. Pour some vinegar into jar. Fill remainder of the jar with water, screw on cap (tightly!) and give it a good shake.
⭐ Then, taste your brine (no, SERIOUSLY) – this is your opportunity to make adjustments!
⭐ Finally, refrigerate overnight, then enjoy!
How far in advance should you make refrigerator pickles?
We recommend refrigerating for at least 24 hours before enjoying. It will take about that long for the cucumbers to absorb the flavor of the brine.
What other flavors can you use in refrigerator pickles?
This recipe is super versatile! You can add all kinds of flavors (and even vegetables!) to the brine. Here are some ideas:
- Whole peppercorn
- Sliced ginger
- Hot peppers
- Red pepper flakes
Storage and leftovers
How long can I keep refrigerator pickles in the fridge?
They will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 months but will start to lose their crunch after that. That said, we’ve never had them last more than a couple weeks because they’re so popular!
Do pickles need to be refrigerated after opening?
Yes, pickles should be refrigerated after opening. And in this case, because they are not sealed (as opposed to water bath canned pickles), you will want to keep them in the refrigerator before you open them too.
Can you freeze refrigerator pickles?
No, if put in the freezer they will get soft and mushy. One of the great things about pickles are their crunch, so you definitely don’t want to mess with that!
What to eat with refrigerator pickles (serving suggestions)
These go great on or alongside pretty much any sandwich ever, but if we’re talking specifics, definitely try them with our pulled pork recipe, chicken salad recipe, potato salad recipe, and egg salad recipe!
More Pickle Recipes
- Pickled red onions
- Pickled green tomatoes
- Fried pickles
- Pickled jalapenos
- Spicy cucumber pickles
Other delicious snack ideas
- Easy chicken sliders
- Make your own cheese board
- Homemade granola
- Fruit roll ups recipe
- V-blade Mandoline Slicer – We love this mandoline slicer for making perfectly even pieces of cucumber for your pickles. Use the thick slicer for crunchier pickles and thinner for perfect sandwich pickles.
- Ball Quart Wide Mouth Canning Jars – These are the size jars we typically use. Our pickled onions are refrigerator pickled onions, not water bathed, so it’s just for pretty storage purposes.
- Wide Mouth Plastic Storage Lids – Since these aren’t water bath canned, I prefer to use these plastic storage lids. They’re one piece and screw on really easily.