Refrigerator Pickles

Refrigerator pickles can be easily tweaked to accommodate your tastes, this version is a classic garlic and dill flavor. They go with everything, or you can just eat them straight from the jar (that’s how I roll).

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had an early meal at my mom’s house this year, and unfortunately, my husband had to work for a few hours. So, it ended up just being the four of us! We quickly realized that we haven’t been together just us four since I was a junior in high school! (Mike was very quickly adopted as one of the family, and has been around for every holiday since!)

We sipped cocktails, finished cooking, watched football, nibbled on a cheese plate and snacked on my mom’s famous deviled eggs. It was a riot!

There is something or more than likely there are quite a few things you don’t know about my family. One of these secrets is that we name things. Each year as kids we named our Christmas tree, we each name our cars, and when my mom and my step dad got married, we named the tree they planted in the front yard. And, each year we name our turkey. Yes, really.

My Chevy Cavalier? Charlie. The Tahoe? Topenga. The Ford Explorer? Dora. Christmas tree of 2011? Milton. Christmas tree of 2012? Bradley. (Yes, we think we are hilarious.)

This year was our first time brining a turkey and once we pulled the old gal out, we decided to name her Tratrina. It was our best turkey yet!

I made you pickles! Excellent transition, right?

I crave those really thinly sliced pickles that some of my favorite restaurants serve up. {insert your own pregnancy related joke here} I like ‘em sweet and I like ‘em spicy. This time I made them with classic pickle flavors; garlic, dill and peppercorns.

I know what you’re thinking… making pickles means  you have to wait six months before being able to enjoy them. Yea, I’m not patient enough for that either… enter refrigerator pickles, ready in just six hours! Pour all the ingredients into a mason jar, seal it up and give it a shake.


Refrigerator Pickles

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes


12 oz. mason jar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 cucumber
2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
2 cloves garlic, smashed
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
1 teaspoon sugar
water, filled to the top of the jar


Slice your cucumber thinly and place in your mason jar. Add in the vinegar, dill, garlic, peppercorns and sugar and fill the remaining room in the jar with water. Seal with a lid, give it a good shake and place in the fridge for about 6 hours.


5 Responses to “Refrigerator Pickles”

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — December 6, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Oooh I wanna try making these…I think Logan would love to snack on them!

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    Kumar's Kitchen — December 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    this is an easy to make and flavorful pickle…a must try :-)

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    olivetorun — December 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    These sound delicious AND easy! I will have to give them a go!

    • Mackenzie — December 8th, 2013 @ 11:33 am

      You should, they are so stinking easy!

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    laurasmess — December 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Yum! I love cucumber pickles but for some reason I’ve never made them at home. I need to change that, quick smart!! Love the photos in this shoot Mackenzie. Gorgeously styled :) x