Refrigerator Pickles

mouth watering, sweet and tart

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Refrigerator Pickles

These are the pickles that make my mouth water every time I think about them. They are so quick and easy, and usually don’t last long in my fridge!

Original source: Better Homes & Gardens (My mom actually has had the clipping from the issue this was printed in for years!)


  • 3 cucumbers, 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp kosher salt
  • crushed ice
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp celery seeds
  • small unpeeled ginger root, cut into 1/4 inch slices (usually 4-5 slices)


  • large non-reactive pot
  • colander
  • large bowl
  • heavy plate


  1. Toss cucumbers, onion and salt. Put in a colander inside a bowl, layered with ice. Weight down with a heavy place, and chill overnight, up to 24 hours. Refrigerator Pickles
  2. Meanwhile, combine sugar, vinegar, seeds and ginger in non-reactive pot. Bring to boil, then simmer for 3 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.
  3. Once cucumbers are ready, remove unmelted ice and discard liquid. Add to large non-reactive pot. Strain sugar and vinegar mixture over cucumbers.
  4. Heat to a low boil, stirring occasionally, then remove from heat. Store in clean glass container in the fridge for a couple of weeks, or store in properly sealed canning jars in the fridge for longer periods.


  • 2017-03-11 - Good as always! I made a smaller batch this time, about half what the original recipe calls for. Worked great!