Looking for an easy pickle recipe? If you want to make one jar of refrigerator pickles or five, here’s the perfect refrigerator pickle recipe. An easy and flavorful refrigerator dill pickles recipe, small batch or large.
Watermelon surely is on that list, in addition to ice cream and hamburgers…right? And while thanks to the science of preserving dill pickles are eaten year-round, making refrigerator dill pickles is surely a summer thing given the fresh cucumbers that are hanging from the vines in our gardens.
Are you a dill pickle person or a sweet pickle person? I am fully, without equivocation, in the dill pickle camp. There are very few foods I really don’t like but sweet pickles and bread and butter pickles are at the top of that list (sorry if I’ve offended any of my sweet pickle friends). But, dill pickles? They are at the top of my ‘foods I love’ list..and that list of my family members as well….hence, the quest for the elusive, easy dill pickle recipe.
And not just any dill pickle recipe…we are die-hard Clausen-type pickle people…the refrigerated kind of pickle that crunches when you bite into it. Refrigerator pickles only, no heated pickles in this house.
Did you Know: We have William Shakespeare to thank for the phrase “in a pickle”; “How cam’st thou in this pickle?” and “I have been in such a pickle” are lines in The Tempest.
So with a booming cucumber crop this summer, we are “in a (happy) pickle!” ( I know, but I just couldn’t resist!)
Kirby cucumbers have a thicker skin that can stand up to pickling brine and remain good, crisp and crunchy after they have been preserved. Medium-sized and aged cucumbers make the best pickles; look for cucumbers around 4-5 inches in length.
We grow two varieties of cucumbers each summer, a pickler, and regular slicing cucumber. This year we planted 3 Boston Pickling Cucumbers and 3 Dasher II Cucumbers, lovely dark green slicing cucumbers. We get many of our plants from our local Home Depot. They have an extensive variety of veggies from which to choose or seeds to start your own cuke plants. They have a wonderful program by which you can order online here and pick it up at your local store within hours or at your convenience.
Since amending my soil this spring, our cucumbers are doing much better than last year and I’ve already put up 8 jars of pickles, though there are only 5 jars of Refrigerator Dill Pickles left…hmmm…
With my three pickler vines, I get a steady stream of about 2-3 cukes every other day or so. I like to can them as soon as possible to keep them as crisp as possible which pretty much necessitates me putting up a jar every other day or so.
So I developed’ a refrigerator pickle recipe that helps me quickly can the cukes when harvested. This refrigerator dill pickles recipe for small batch or large is based on a variety of recipes I have used in my quest of replicating that Clausen pickle taste that we are seeking. It also has the additional benefit of leaving out some of the unnecessary (in my book) additives that even my beloved Clausens contain.
The element of this pickle recipe that allows for the quick processing of your picklers is to mix up a batch of the brine (water, vinegar, and salt) and keep it in your fridge, perfect for small batch dill pickles. Once you have enough cucumbers for a jar (2-3 picklers typically fill a pint jar) it’s just a matter of preparing your cukes, adding some garlic, mustard seed, dill and filling your jar with your prepared brine…and presto…Refrigerator Dill Pickles! Done and Done!
Did you Know: In his 1492 voyage in which he discovered America, Columbus rationed pickles to his sailors to keep them from getting scurvy. He even grew cucumbers during his stop in Haiti to restock for the rest of the voyage.
As you figure out your ingredient measurements for the brine, this chart might come in handy.
That Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving is my bible. Even if I think I could make the recipe in my sleep, I double-check myself against the Ball Book…that whole botulism thing. If you are new to canning, it should be your very first purchase. My cookbook library inventory recently expanded with the addition of The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving: Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled, and Preserved Recipes! I also have a post on tools necessary for canning and preserving foods for you to check out.
So there you have it my friends…easy refrigerator dill pickles recipe for small batch or large batches. I plucked 3 picklers off of the vines last night, so I’m heading to the kitchen to add to my dill pickle inventory. And since Kate (aka ‘The Incredible Dill Pickle Consumer’) is home for a couple of days my refrigerator pickle inventory will be quickly depleted.
I hope you have the opportunity to put up a jar of these refrigerator dill pickles!
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