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Small-Batch Refrigerator Pickles

Small-Batch Refrigerator Pickles

Image credit to: Chris McIntosh for Boston Organics


  • 2 pounds pickling cucumbers or other vegetables like green beans, cauliflower, okra, summer squash
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons pickling salt
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled (2 per jar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper per jar (3/4 teaspoons total)
  • 1 teaspoon dill seed per jar (3 teaspoons total)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns per jar (1 1/2 teaspoons total)
  • 3 1-pint canning jars with fresh lids


Wash and slice the cucumbers into spears, or in wheels for pickle chips.

In a large pot, combine vinegar, water and salt. Bring to a simmer.

Arrange jars on counter and dole out the spices into each. Pack the cucumber slices firmly into the jars. You don't want to damage the cucumbers, but you do want them packed tightly.

Pour the brine into the jar, leaving approximately ½ inch headspace. Tap jars gently on countertop to dislodge any trapped air bubbles.

Apply lids and let jars cool. When they've returned to room temperature, place jars in refrigerator. Let them sit for at least 48 hours before eating.

This basic technique can be applied to green beans, okra, garlic scapes, hot peppers, cauliflower and summer squash. Makes 3 pints.

Tested and Approved by Boston Organics (Chris McIntosh)

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