Friday, June 22, 2012

Refrigerator Pickles

I have always loved pickles, but never realized how easy it was to make my own until last year.  They only require a few ingredients, most of which are pantry staples for many of us.  Normally, I use either English cucumbers or regular old cucumbers.  These little pickling cucumbers were on sale, so I decided to give them a try.  Holy. Cow.  They produced the best pickles I have ever made.  The texture is just perfectly crunchy and...pickle-like.  Not sure if I can go back to regular old cucumbers.

Garlic Fridge Pickles (adapted from Tasty Kitchen)

6 pickling cucumbers
2 cloves of garlic
1c apple cider vinegar
1c water
1/3c sugar
1T salt
1t dried dill
1/4t red pepper flakes
6 whole peppercorns
6 coriander seeds

Slice cucumbers into 1/4" rounds.  Cut garlic cloves into quarters, and smash slightly.  Place cucumbers and garlic into a bowl.

Heat vinegar, water, sugar, salt, dill, pepper flakes, peppercorns, and coriander seeds in a saucepan until sugar and salt are dissolved.  Pour over cucumbers and garlic, and let marinate in fridge overnight.  Enjoy!