Make quick pickles in the refrigerator and keep them going all summer long.
I make the first big jar of these easy pickles as soon as my garden cucumbers begin to get ahead of me, which is usually around mid-July. I eat them on everything: in salads, on burgers, stuffed into sandwiches at the beach and even cold and crunchy, straight from the fridge, on the end of a long fork. Once the first jar is gone, I just refill it with more thinly-sliced cukes, shaved onion, and dill sprigs, using the same brine over and over again, all summer long. Since the vegetables aren’t cooked in their brine, the pickles stay crisp and light, more salad-like than a typical pickle.
Quick Refrigerator Pickles
- 2 cups organic apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup natural cane sugar
- ¼ cup kosher salt
- 2 cups cold water
- 4 thin cucumbers preferably home-grown
- 1 small onion or shallot
- 1 tablespoon prepared “pickling spices”*
- 1 big pinch dried chili flakes or more, if you like spicy pickles
- 4 –5 big sprigs fresh dill preferably from the garden, with flowers/seeds if possible
- In a small saucepan heat the vinegar, sugar, and salt and stir until everything’s dissolved and clear. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Slice the cucumbers on a mandoline—¼-inch slices work best, but if you like a very thin pickle, feel free to slice thinner. Thinly slice the onion from stem end to stem end and toss to break apart the shards. Add the cold water to the brine.
- Fill your jar (or jarwith cukes, onions, pickling spices, and dill, layering them to evenly distribute.
- Pour the cooled brine over the vegetables and close the lid. Chill in the fridge overnight; the pickles are now ready to eat.
- When the jar is nearly empty, fish out the last few cukes and onions to snack on but leave the spices and brine in the jar. Slice up more cucumbers and onions, pluck some more dill sprigs and add to the brine. Refrigerate overnight to “cure,” then repeat when this batch is gone.