Homemade refrigerator pickles recipe - crunchy and sweet, these are easy to make! They are the perfect topping for a burger AND a great snack! There's no canning required for this easy sweet pickle recipe!
Why you'll love this recipe
This is a great use of your bumper-crop of cucumbers and makes the BEST pickles. They are so simple and good!
✔️ crisp pickles.
✔️ easy to make.
✔️ no canning required!
For the exact measurements for the homemade refrigerator pickles, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- cucumbers - you can use regular cucumbers from the grocery store, English cucumbers, kirby cucumbers or pickling cucumbers.
- cider vinegar or white vinegar
- white sugar
- kosher salt
- celery salt (optional)
This is an overview of the instructions for this easy recipe. For the complete directions just scroll down to the bottom!
- Start by making the simple brine. Place the vinegar, water, salt
andsugar in a small saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat.
- Stir until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- Slice the cucumbers in ¼ inch slices
- Pack the cucumber slices into mason jars.
- Pour the vinegar mix over the cucumbers and cover tightly. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate.
See how easy these tangy pickles are to make? We eat a TON of them every summer. Any unused cucumbers get sliced up and into the brine they go!
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- A mason jar - quart jars are great for storage.
- A sharp knife is necessary as well, to slice the fresh cucumbers.
The pickles are ready to eat in a few days, but they last for three months in the fridge. The longer they are refrigerated the less crunchy they become.
Yes they should be refrigerated.
You bet! This recipe uses Though you can also use distilled white vinegar for a tangy bite! Even rice wine vinegar.
Three to four days. I think Grandma would leave them for a week, but they never seem to last that long in our home!
Unopened pickles will not go bad in the refrigerator because of the fermentation process from the brine. Though pickles have a use by date, even after that date they will not go bad. Of course if it develops any mold, discard the entire jar.
Dill pickles are spiced with sprigs of fresh dill, garlic cloves and spices.
- It is not necessary to peel the cucumbers before slicing - keep it on or remove it, your personal preference. Just be sure to wash the cukes well first. I prefer the texture of the peel after it's pickled.
- If you prefer a crisp pickle, slice the cucumbers a little wider, say ⅜ inch.
- Save the pickle juice, you can reuse the brine!
- There's no need for a water bath - no canning is required!
- Adding a teaspoon of red pepper flakes will spice up the brine.
- You can also make pickle spears by slicing the cucumbers lengthwise.
- Add red onions or sliced green pepper to the mason jars along with the pickles - they are delicious!
- celery seed or mustard seed adds a whole new flavor.
Refrigerate - store pickles in airtight containers, refrigerated up to two months.
- Finely mince the pickles and add in potato salad. You'll love the tang!
- Top off your favorite sandwich with sweet cucumber pickles. They are wonderful with slow cooker pulled pork sandwich recipe - the sweet pickle gives the rich meat just the right touch!
- Making Frozen Burgers in the Oven? Or Air Fryer Burgers - be sure to top them with refrigerator pickles!
- Smashburger Sauce Recipe - this stuff is the BEST and tops every burger!
- Tomato Relish Recipe - another family recipe, this is one of my favorites!
- Sweet Hot Pickled Radishes - spicy and delicious these are tasty!
- Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickle Recipe - all the crunch and better than store-bought.
- Easy Pickled Beets Recipe - super simple to make and ready in minutes!
- Sweet Hot Peppers - love these over a burger - yum!
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Easy Refrigerator Pickles Recipe
- 2-3 cucumbers
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon celery salt optional
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- Wash jars in hot soapy water. You'll want to start with clean jars - you can use pint-sized jars, or quart jars. They need to be clean.
- In a saucepan over medium heat combine the vinegar, water, salt and sugar.
- Stir until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and stir in the celery salt (if using), set aside.
- Slice cucumbers in ¼ inch slices
- Pack the sliced cucumbers into canning jars.
- Pour the hot pickling brine into the mason jars and cover tightly.
- Place the jars of pickles in the refrigerator and allow them to marinade over night. Eat and enjoy!
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💭 Recipe backstory
I'm embarrassed to admit I have a love affair with pickles.
I know... I'm weird right? But pickles are my thing! I think it's the tangy, sweet combo and that little bite you get when you crunch into something with a vinegary kick!
I eat a jar of pickles weekly. Seriously.... I have a problem! 😋
Dan says it's because of all the running I do and my body craves the salty brine? Maybe so.
Maybe it's because pickles have been something I've enjoyed since I was a kid. My Grandma used to make these for my brother and I every summer. She'd make them in a huge plastic gallon bucket and it would be filled to the brim.
Every meal Don and I would grab a huge helping of pickles!
Every meal Grandma would tell us to leave some for others, she'd scold us but then she would smile and say it's so good to see we are enjoying them!
This post has been updated from March 2015 on July 21, 2021.