Refrigerator Pickles

  • Author: Heather L McCurdy
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 quarts 1x


  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon salt – I generally skimp on salt but not for these.
  • 1 cup sugar – I use raw but white is fine.
  • 6 cups, sliced cucumbers – kirby/pickling cucumbers are best
  • 1 cup onions, sliced thin – I used green onions. Oh yeah! I’m fancy like that.
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper – ’cause it’s pretty.  Green is fine too.
  • 1 diced jalapeno – No seeds will make it less spicy.
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed – Sometimes I use. Sometimes I don’t.
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill or  1/4 cup fresh dill


  1. Heat vinegar and sugar and boil until sugar is dissolved. Stir often.
  2. While this mixture cools, prep your vegetables.
  3. Put the vegetables and seasonings into a glass bowl or cool jar like mine. DO NOT use metal. It reacts badly with acid. Also, plastic will absorb the bold flavors for future use. ICK!
  4. Mix the sugared vinegar and rest of ingredients.


I know, you really want to taste it NOW. Don’t. Let them sit in the fridge for at least 24  hours. They are well worth the wait.