Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fridge Pickles

I love these pickles! My dad used to make them in 2 gallon ice cream pails. We kept them in the basement fridge, between my mom’s box of wine and Dad’s night crawlers (fish bait). You might be a red neck if?? Anyway...

I remember going down there to fill up an old margarine container with these delisious pickles to eat with dinner.
I think I could eat a whole jar in one sitting, by myself!

They are sweet but sour, absolutely awesome.
They go perfectly with any meal, or just alone with a fork straight out of the fridge at midnight, if you are into that kind of thing!

What you need,

8-10 cups cucumbers, sliced ¼ inch thick.  I find the peels a bit tough so I peeled mine
1 or 2 large onions, sliced ¼ inch thick rounds

Combine the cucumbers and onions in a large colander. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of coarse pickling salt and let stand for 2 hours. A lot of liquid should drain out of the cucumbers, which is a good thing!

In a large pot combine,

4 cups granulated sugar
2 cups white vinegar
2 tsp. pickling salt
2 tsp. celery seed
2 tsp. turmeric
2 tsp. mustard seeds

Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Pack the cucumbers and onions into jars or plastic containers or if you are my Dad and a 2 gallon ice cream pail!

Pour the hot liquid over the cucumbers until they are just covered.

Put a lid on the container and stash it in the fridge for 2-3 days.

After 2-3 days you have perfect sweet but sour pickles.
These pickles will keep for months in the fridge, but they won’t last that long!

I halved this recipe because I don't have enough room in my fridge for that many pickles, you could even quarter it if you wanted to make a small batch. If you have room, double the recipe… DO IT, otherwise you will be making these twice before fall comes!

I feel so domestic making pickles!
It is worth the effort, they are WAY better than anything you can buy in the store!


Recipe from my Daddio!

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, one of the best things EVER, right next to the day Savvy was born, is walking into Dad's during pickling season. He just made these and super pickle a few days ago. I never appreciated the amazing goodness of these pickles until I was all grown up, I don't know what took me so long! I cannot be without them now. They are soo easy and homemade tartar sauce would NOT be right without a bunch of dads chopped up fridge pickles!! I feel sorry for this new generation of kids that will never know the joy of filling up an empty margarine container with magical homemade goodness. (Or sitting in the boat in the middle of the lake only to discover the tub of night crawlers contains pickles & laughing cause you know whoever was left back at the camper is gonna open the worms expecting pickles) thanks for the great recipe and for the trip back in time. Love you & your tiny oven <3