Have you ever wanted to make pickles at home, but didn't want spend a lot of money on expensive preserving equipment? You can make delicious refrigerator pickles that are ready within a few days. It's easy!
For a small batch of garlic pickles with a kick, you will need:
- Two cucumbers
- coriander seeds
- mustard seeds
- black peppercorn seeds
- red chili flakes
- fresh dill
- 2 cloves of garlic
- pickling or white vinegar
- kosher salt
First, place 1 1/4 cup of pickling vinegar or white vinegar and 1 cup of water in a small pot on the stove, bringing it to a rapid boil. Remove from heat and add in 1.5 tablespoons of kosher salt. Allow the salt to dissolve. Please note, you should not use table salt. Use a kosher or coarse salt. Table salt will ruin the flavor!
Whilst the brine (the ingredients you boiled) are dissolving, chop your cucumbers as you prefer them. Some people like round chips and others prefer spears. There is no right or wrong way to prepare the cucumbers!
Make sure your jar is clean. For refrigerator pickles, you do not have to have a special preserves jar. For example, a reused pasta sauce or peanut butter jar would be suitable for refrigerator pickles.
When it comes to seasoning, the world is your oyster. Play around with the combination of flavours. The herbs and spices I have suggested make a delicious garlic pickle with a kick. You can leave some things out and add your own ideas!
At the bottom of jar, add a sprig or two of fresh dill. Next you'll want to add your seeds. I usually place in 3-4 mustard, coriander, and black peppercorn seeds. Chili flakes are next for a lovely kick. Lastly, I chop up one clove of garlic, adding it with the rest of the seasoning.
Place cucumbers in the jar, on top of the herbs and spices. Take another clove of garlic, chopping it up, and placing it on top. Carefully add the brine. Seal the jar tightly and place in the refrigerator immediately. Three days later, you are in for a treat! And that's how you make the best refrigerator pickles.
****Please note that these will not keep in the cupboard. Without refrigeration, they could grow harmful bacteria.