{ Old Fashioned Refrigerator Pickles }

Friday, April 20, 2012

One of my family's most requested snack recipes are these sweet, crunchy pickles. They are so addicting. I  always have a jar of these in the fridge, and the kids  munch on them when they open the refrigerator looking for food. The trail of pickle juice from the refrigerator door to the kitchen table can attest to many forks stuck in the jar for a taste of these ! They are completely old fashioned and super  easy to make. I pop the jar in a cooler and take them on picnic lunches in the spring and summer with the boys. I always add the onions, and I am the only one who will eat them, but that works for me. Crunchy  sweet onions are just as good as the pickles. You can use more celery seed than called for in this recipe if you prefer a stronger celery flavor. I think that 1 tsp is perfect for our tastes. These keep for  about a month in the refrigerator, but I tend to have to slice a cucumber every three days or so and add it to the jar to keep it replenished. They are rally good on hot dogs and hamburgers too. And please note that these are refrigerator pickles. They will keep in the refrigerator for a month or so. You do not have to can these. No hot water baths or waiting on the lids to pop. Just put on the jar lid and pop in the fridge. And they  do get better as the weeks wear on.

Old Fashioned Refrigerator Pickles

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoons celery seed
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups sliced cucumber
1 onion, thinly sliced

Place sliced cucumber and onions in qt or pint jars.
In a separate non reactive bowl, stir vinegar, sugar, water and salt together until dissolved. Add the celery seed. Mix well. Pour mixture over cucumber and onions . Place lids on jars and refrigerate.
Keeps for 2-3 months.

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