Refrigerator PicklesPhoto Credit : Aimee Tucker
Skip the supermarket and treat yourself to a few pints of fresh, crunchy homemade pickles. This easy sweet refrigerator pickles recipe starts with classic cucumbers then adds onion, pepper, celery, and dill for the perfect sweet summer pickle.
2 lbs. small pickling cucumbers (about 10)
1 bell pepper, sliced into 1/4-inch rings
1 onion, sliced into 1/4-inch rings
1 rib of celery, cut into 1/4-inch diagonal slices
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard seed
Scrub the cucumbers clean and slice them into diagonal rounds (1/2-inch or 1/4-inch thick depending on how you like them). Toss the sliced cucumber, onion, pepper, and celery with the salt in a large colander set in the sink or over a bowl. Allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes, but preferably an hour.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the mustard seeds and whisk another minute.
Spoon the cucumber mixture evenly into 4 separate clean pint jars, stopping halfway through to tuck a few sprigs of dill into each jar. Pack, but don’t crush, the cucumber mixture in.
Distribute the vinegar and sugar mixture into each jar, then seal shut. Store in the fridge until ready to eat — at least 8 hours, but longer if you can wait. They’ll keep in the fridge for several weeks.