Zesty Refrigerator Pickles Recipe

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This recipe is good to have on hand when the garden is in abundance and you just don't have time for canning. These pickles are brined right in the refrigerator and have a zesty, spicy flavor. They are a perfect accompaniment to grilled burgers or served in a bloody mary. Visit our cucumber recipes for more great ideas.
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  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1/2 cup pickling salt
  • 8 cucumbers - 8-10 cucumbers depending on the size
  • 1 bunch fresh dill
  • 1/8 cup red pepper flakes
  • pickling seasoning - enough to sprinkle over each layer
  • 1 onion - sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic - sliced, or to taste
Container: ice cream bucket with lid or any large container with lid
45 mins
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45 mins
  • In a large saucepan, heat the water, vinegar and pickling salt until it comes to a full boil. Allow it to boil for three minutes and then remove it from the heat.
  • Meanwhile, slice the ends from the cucumbers and cut each into spears or rounds. You can leave the skin on the cucumbers or peel them, whatever you prefer.
  • Place a layer of fresh dill in the bottom of the container.
  • Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes
  • Place a layer of cucumbers on top of the dill. Sprinkle the cucumbers with a little pickling seasoning.
  • Add a layer of onions and then garlic slices. Continue the layering of cucumber, pickling seasoning, onions and garlic until you get to the top of the container.
  • Add another layer of fresh dill to the top of the layers.
  • Slowly pour the vinegar and water mixture into the container, cover and allow this to sit on the counter for 24 hours.
  • Place the pickles in the refrigerator to chill and they are ready to eat. The longer they sit, the more flavorful the pickles become.
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