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Refrigerator Pickles

These crisp pickles from Jane Reslock Feist, a mom in Mandan, North Dakota, don't require canning tricks.

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  • Yield: Makes 3 quarts
Refrigerator Pickles

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2008


  • 2 pounds Kirby cucumbers, sliced 1/2 inch thick on the diagonal (about 8 cups)
  • 1 medium Vidalia or other sweet onion, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced 1/2 inch thick on the diagonal
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed


  1. In a colander set over a medium bowl, toss cucumbers, onion, and celery stalks with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Set aside to drain, 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. In a small bowl, combine sugar, vinegar, celery seed, and mustard seed; stir until sugar is dissolved.

  2. Divide cucumber mixture among clean jars or airtight containers, and pour vinegar mixture over. Refrigerate at least 8 hours (or up to 2 weeks).

Reviews (7)

  • Ernest Sewell 3 Jul, 2013

    I made this tonight. I came out w/ a bit more cucumber than I anticipated, but it's better than too little. I also added a good splash of regular vinegar early on, to help dissolve the sugar. It worked out great, because I had little left at the end. The trick is to fill the jar 1/3 of the way w/ the cucumber mix, then add a ladle of liquid, finish w/ more cucumber, then liquid. Helps keep the air bubbles out. Add some dill (1 tsp/jar), a thin slice chili pepper, or pepper flakes for heat.

  • sandeh 17 Aug, 2012

    Tastes great! How long will they keep in the fridge?

  • awesome514 9 Aug, 2012

    These turned out really well! The pickles are slightly sweet, but the celery taste balances it out so that the sweetness is not overwhelming. I had no problem with the sugar dissolving since I whisked it for several minutes, and I did not combine the vegetables with the liquid until they were in the pint-sized jars. I made appx. 4 pints. Yum!

  • eri97 19 Mar, 2011

    Are these sour pickles or sweet pickles? Thanks

  • hylca 7 Sep, 2010

    Pickles turned out very well......the trick is to heed the recipe directions "stir until sugar is dissolved"...........hylca

  • coco1101 13 Aug, 2010

    How did your refrigerator pickles come out? It's been over 2 weeks now and I was wondering how they tasted and if you used too much sugar as it was pooling at the bottom of the jars. Also, you needed more liquid to fill the jars - how did you handle that? Thanks very much for your feedback.

  • kjf330 12 Jul, 2008

    I am waiting on these in the fridge now, but I must say that I had to use 2 x the amount of liquid mixture. I wonder if there is too much sugar? There is sugar itting on the bottom of all the jars. I hope it dissolves.... I'll keep you posted!

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