Refrigerator Sweet Pickles are a fun way to use up those late summer garden cucumbers!
This sweet pickle recipe is so easy to make! A simple brine consisting of white vinegar, water, honey and kosher salt is poured over top sliced cucumbers and onions in mason jars. The jars are covered with the lids and gently shaken, then set in the refrigerator to cool. And within just 24 hours, these delicious sweet pickles can be ready to enjoy! Top your fave burgers or sandwiches with slices of these homemade sweet quick pickles all year round!
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What are Refrigerator Sweet Pickles?
Refrigerator pickles stay refrigerated as opposed to water-bath canned pickles which can be stored at room temperature. They provide the same great taste without the lengthy canning process! It’s the best way to get delicious homemade pickles in minimal time!
Quick and Easy Pickles!
- Use up those beautiful green garden cukes with this super easy recipe that’s totally versatile! Try making them mild, hot, spicy-sweet or dill flavored with easy modifications to the recipe!
- With this easy two-step recipe, anyone can make delicious pickles for everything from burgers to salads! Add sweet pickles and onions to an antipasto platter with assorted meats and cheeses, or to your favorite egg or tuna salad!
- Pack them with any variety of your favorite herbs or spices! Make dill, sweet, sour, savory, or spicy-anything goes!
Ingredients and Variations
CUCUMBERS: Any cukes will do! The smaller width varieties that are picked early make for the best-shaped slices, mostly because they have thin skins. Either way, choose cukes that are heavy, clean, and without cuts or soft spots. Pearl onions are attractive additions, as are sliced red onions.
MIX-INS: Make pickles as sweet, savory, or spicy as you like! It’s all about the brine! Or brine together some sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, even chunks of bell peppers!
How to Make Refrigerator Sweet Pickles
It’s never been easier to make homemade pickles. Just follow these steps!
- Place sliced cucumbers and onions in a mason jar and cover with the remaining ingredients (as per recipe below).
- Gently shake the jar and refrigerate up to 24 hours before using.
How to Store
Keep sweet pickles in the refrigerator for 4 and 6 weeks. Within that time frame, continue to add fresh cucumbers and onions to the brine!
Other Recipes With Cukes!
- Cucumber Dill Salad – a creamy salad
- Tzatziki – so fresh and delish!
- Greek Salad Recipe – zesty side salad
- Orzo Pasta Salad – just 15 minute prep
- Quick Pickles – with dill
Refrigerator Sweet Pickles
- 1 pound small cucumbers about 2-3, thinly sliced (⅙ inch thick)
- ½-1 small onion thinly sliced (1/16 inch)
- ¾ cup white vinegar
- 5 Tablespoons honey
- 4 Tablespoons water
- 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
- Add cucumber and onion slices to a mason jar or other container(s).
- In a measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, water, and salt. Pour over the cucumbers and onions and cover. Gently shake the jar.
- Refrigerate 24 hours.
- Nutrition calculated with a portion of the brine.
- Refrigerate quick pickles for 4 and 6 weeks. Add fresh sliced cucumbers and onions to the brine during that time to make more sweet pickles.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.