Garlicky Refrigerator Dill Pickles

These are exciting times!  The Zest Garden is starting to do some real producing!  Yummy food is hiding under just about every leaf.  It make me feel like a little kid.  It is all about the hunt and the surprise when you see that a huge zucchini seemed to have grown overnight, or your tomatoes have colored up beautifully after patiently waiting and watching little green orbs grow and swell for weeks.  Right now, our cucumbers are going gangbusters!  We have so many little prickly green gems that it was time to think beyond salad and cucumber sandwiches.

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For those of you who feel like canning is a daunting kitchen experiment that makes you shudder at the need for boiling jars and using tongs, refrigerator pickles are a friendly alternative.  They are a cinch to make with no complicated steps that would have you putting off the endeavor indefinitely.  Seriously, if you can boil water, you can make refrigerator pickles!

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I know the idea of picking the ingredients in your own garden is a romantic notion, but the local grocery store ingredients work just fine for this recipe.  You could try this with regular pickling cucumbers or have fun with some Persian or English cucumbers.  All are yummy alternatives!

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Letting you in on a family joke here….last year my beautiful husband had an epiphany.  We were having some store bought pickles along with a BBQ burger spread and somehow it came up that these pickles were once cucumbers.  My hubby emphatically disputed the notion.  The kids’ eyes opened wide and I asked, “Hon, how do you think we get pickles?”  He proceeded to tell us that there were pickle farmers.  I am literally laughing as I write this.  He was so adorably serious.  The kids started busting their guts in laughter as I grabbed the pickle jar and read the ingredients out loud.  Now my hubby was laughing…and still humorously refuting the possibility.  There was so much laughter around the dinner table.  Now, every time my kids see or eat a pickle, they lovingly give a tease to dad about Pickle Farmers.

So, when I brought out these beautiful pickles that I made from our garden harvest, the kids greeted dad when he came home from work with a “Hey Dad!  Mom is now a pickle farmer!!” Hahahaha! Love it!

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So, here is how I became a humble pickle farmer.  I sliced up my cucumbers and layered them into a jar along with the garlic slices, the peppercorns, and the fresh dill.

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Combining the vinegar, water, sugar and salt into a medium sized pot, I brought it to a boil and then poured it over my cucumbers.

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This is why it is important to use mason jars, or the like, with this recipe.  The tempered glass is able to stand up to the heat and will not explode on you with the boiling water….a good thing!

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Now for the really hard part: pop a lid on it and put it in the fridge. 😉

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After just a couple of hours, these cuties already started to taste yummy.  Give them a week and they are out of this world yummy.  Get ready to start crushing on refrigerator pickles and playing with all sorts of different seasonings.  Crunchy goodness!

xoxo

A Humble Pickle Farmer

(Chanda)

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Garlicky Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Get ready to start crushing on refrigerator pickles and playing with all sorts of different seasonings.

Course: Appetizer, condiment, Gluten Free, Side Dish, Snack, vegan, vegetarian
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 5-7 small cucumbers
  • 1 large bunch of fresh dill
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 cups water
Instructions
  1. Sliced up your cucumbers and layer them into a mason jar along with the garlic slices, the peppercorns, and the fresh dill.

  2. Combining the vinegar, water, sugar and salt into a medium sized pot, I brought it to a boil and then poured it over my cucumbers.

  3. Now for the really hard part: pop a lid on it and put it in the fridge. 😉 After a few hours, these pickles were already pretty yummy. Give them a week and they will be out of this world!

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