Sunday, September 9, 2012

Refrigerator Cucumber "Salad" (Pickles)

When I first saw this recipe, it was called a "salad," but take it from a Prairie girl: these are the most excellent refrigerator pickles I have ever made! The vegetables stayed crisp, the way I like them, and there was just enough sugar and vinegar to give them a delicious taste. I adapted this recipe to use up  the veggies I had on hand, and reused sterilized large jars that I had saved and disinfected for this purpose. You can do this when you place your works of art in the fridge (and when you don't happen to have canning jars available)!

Refrigerator Cucumber "Salad" Pickles
Delicious home-made refrigerator pickles...ermm I mean salad :)


  • 4 thinly sliced cucumbers
  • 1 large thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 thinly sliced green bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 1/2 c white vinegar
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp celery flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  1. Mix cucumbers, onion, pepper and salt; set aside. 
  2. Place vinegar, sugar, celery and pepper flakes in a saucepan and bring to a boil for approximately 2 minutes. 
  3. Remove pan from heat and add about 2 handfuls of ice until melted and the mixture is just warm. 
  4. Place all veggies in large-mouth jars. 
  5. Pour mixture over the top of each jar, to cover. 
  6. Store in refrigerator for about 2 months.
This recipe made 3 large jars, as shown.

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