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diy essentials: crispy refrigerator pickles

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

There are several ways to make your own pickles; this way uses all cold ingredients, so they take about two days in the fridge to finish up. The result is really crispy pickles with a satisfying tart/sweet taste. So yummy. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

★★★★★ 1
serves Several
prep time 10 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For diy essentials: crispy refrigerator pickles

  • 1 c
    filtered water
  • 1/2 c
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
    salt, kosher variety
  • 1 tsp
    dill seed
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp
    mustard seeds
  • 1 lb
    cucumbers, like kirby’s
  • 5 - 5 sprig
    fresh dill weed
  • crushed red-pepper flakes
  • garlic cloves (to ward away vampires)
  • additional sugar, for a sweeter pickle
  • a few thin slices of yellow or red onion

How To Make diy essentials: crispy refrigerator pickles

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  • 2
    Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  • 3
    Add the brine ingredients to a small saucepan, over medium heat.
  • 4
    Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 - 12 minutes.
  • 5
    Chef’s Note: When I am using salt in a recipe, I like the liquid to be warm before adding it. If the liquid is cold, the salt will fall to the bottom of the pan, and over the course of time can cause pitting in the bottom of the pan. If the liquid is warm (or hot), the salt will dissolve… problem solved.
  • 6
    Remove from the heat, allow to cool, and then place in the fridge until cold.
  • 7
    Cut the pickles into the desired shape (slices, wedges, etc.).
  • 8
    Add the pickles to a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, and distribute the dill weed with the pickles.
  • 9
    Strain the cold brining liquid, and pour over the pickles
  • 10
    Seal and place in the fridge for two days before using.
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  • 12
    Use in any way you would use “store bought” pickles. As a matter of fact, these pickles are great for breading and frying. If you have never taste Southern-fried pickles, you are so missing a great treat. Enjoy.
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    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.