How to Pickle Cucumbers for Refrigerator Pickles

We were so excited to be able to have a garden this year. It was our first year gardening here in Ohio and although we made some mistakes we did get some good harvests. The one vegetable of which we had an abundance was cucumbers. Although I’m not particularly in love with cucumbers themselves I LOVE pickles!

How to Pickle Cucumbers for Refrigerator Pickles

So, in addition to learning more about gardening in general I also had to learn what to do with our harvests. Of course, I had to learn how to pickle cucumbers! After doing some research on pickling cucumbers, I started with refrigerator pickles. Refrigerator pickles are pickles that are ready to eat as soon as the next day. They are not preserved, so they must be consumed within a month. This is a great option if you’d like to enjoy your pickles right away, and it’s easy!

What You Need

How to Pickle Cucumbers - Ingredients

1 1/2 – 2 cucumbers (varies on size of cucumbers and jars)
5 sprigs of dill
1.5 Tsp dill seeds
3-4 cloves of garlic peeled and smashed (based on taste preference)
1 cup of water
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs Pickling salt

What You Need to Do

Cut the cucumbers in spears (I simply cut them in quarters). Also be sure to cut off the blossom end which can make them limp.
Add the sprigs of dill and dill seeds to the jar.
Peel and smash the garlic cloves. I used my garlic press, which takes care of both.
Add the cucumber spears to the jar.

How to Pickle Cucumbers Prepare

In a bowl mix the water, apple cider vinegar and pickling salt. This is the brine. Mix it well to be sure all the salt is mixed in.
Pour the brine over the cucumbers.
Seal the jar and shake it well.
Leave it out for 12 hours.
I also flipped them upside down and let them sit for another 12 hours, but this step is optional.
Place in the refrigerator.
Eat them once they’re cold and enjoy!

How to Pickle Cucumbers Brine

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  1. well…i do have the apple cider vinegar…. 😀
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  2. Elizabeth Johnson says

    I love Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, I use it for just about everything. Never tried these kinds of pickles, though! I’m tempted.

  3. Jennifer Boehme says

    I tried putting the cucumbers in the pickle juice already in jar that I just emptied, and it comes out 1/2 right. I am using this recipe next time I can.

  4. Mark Warren says

    perfect for me since i wanted the pickels since day 1 but i dont know how to do some

  5. Recipe Fairy says

    This looks like a really good recipe, nice and simple! I pinned it for when I do my spring canning!

  6. I’ve never made my own pickles. This is so easy I would love to try it, these sure look good.

  7. I love dill pickles never pickled them this way.I’m going to try sounds easy to do.Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thanks for the recipe,bit different than the one i use but i will try it in the Fall

  9. Wendy Hess

    Wow! Easier then I thought! Thank you for the recipe!

  10. Jerry Marquardt

    I would like to thank you for the instructions on canning these pickles straight from a cucumber. I will be making up a batch later ion the week.

  11. I come from Ohio too. I haven’t lived there in years but hope to go back at some point. I enjoy pickles, I’ll have to try this recipe. Thanks!

  12. Cheryl Layshock

    I love pickles and so does my kid! I’ll have to try this.

  13. Phyllis Huebbe says

    Sounds easy enough

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