Sunday, July 15, 2012

Refrigerator Dill Pickles - Easy and Delicious

Yea!  Sweet corn is back in season for northern Ohio and we found some, in the back of Earl's truck, at the Haymaker Farmer's Market in Kent.  It has been so dry, actually a drought, and farmers are very worried about crops.  Fortunately, the corn is surviving so far.  Zoe, my granddaughter, helped peel the ears for lunch . . . she is such a good little helper!

We enjoyed a porch-nic (picnic on the porch) with lots of corn and a healthy whole grain pizza.

This looks good to me!

Refrigerator Dill Pickles - Recipe below

I used the cucumbers from the market to make three quarts of dill pickles.  I like this recipe because you don't cook the pickles, just the brine, so they are good and crisp.  Of course, if you use fresh picked cucumbers or pickles it is even better.  NOTE:  If you have never made pickles, don't use aluminum pans, stainless steel is best.  If you don't have jars, you can put them in any glass or stainless steel container.

The down side of refrigerator pickles is that you have to eat them within three to four weeks.  That is not a problem at my house since I give a jar to each of my pickle-loving sons and they are gone in a flash.  
I didn't have pepper, so only used dill, garlic and about a TBS pickling spice in each jar.

All done!  The pickles will change colors and look green in a couple of days.  It's best to wait a few days to eat them.

Dill Pickles for the Fridge
4 cups water
3 cups white vinegar
2/3  cup white sugar (scant 1/2 cup better)  You can adjust the sugar for sweetness
4 Tablespoons pickling salt
Garlic, 1 Tablespoon pickling spice, slice of hot or medium hot pepper and dill in each jar

Fill each clean jar with sliced/speared cucumbers, dill, garlic, pepper (optional) and pickling spice.  Pour boiling brine in jar to cover.  Leave 1 inch head space.  Put on lids.  Let cool and then store in refrigerator.
No need to sterilize lids or jars since these pickles are refrigerated.

Makes 3 quarts of pickles with a little brine left over.  Easy Breezy!

One Fine Square!

I almost forgot that this is a quilting blog . . . So here is Miss Carol from Sweet Peas and Possum with her newest, dilly-dally, influenced project . . . She says, "Thanks Mrs. Dilly Dally!"  
Thursday Sit and Sew with Miss Carol


  1. So fun to see and meet Zoe! What a sweetie! I envy your access to those fresh veggies...and your pickles look delicious! Love how you ladies get together to dillydally...wish I could join you on Thursday! Love the block Carol did...warms my heart! Hugs!

    1. We would be thrilled to have you join us. Did you find some good books for the summer? In August, I will be posting Zoe's I Spy birthday quilt. I can't put it on now because she might see it on the blog.