Quick Refrigerator Pickles
Refrigerator pickles are quick and easy to make — no sterilizing jars required. Kirbies (pickling cucumbers) are the best cucumbers to use for pickling. Simply slice them into spears, cover them with brine, and put them in the fridge. You can munch on them the next day!
- 1¼ cups distilled white vinegar (5% acidity)
- 3 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups cold water
- 1¾ to 2 pounds Kirby cucumbers (about 6), cut into halves or spears
- 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
- 6 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 16 dill sprigs
- Combine the vinegar, salt and sugar in a small non-reactive saucepan. Whisk until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
- Transfer the liquid into a bowl and whisk in the cold water. Refrigerate brine until ready to use.
- Stuff the cucumbers into two clean 1-quart jars. Add the coriander seeds, garlic cloves, mustard seeds, red pepper flakes, dill sprigs, and chilled brine into jars, dividing evenly. If necessary, add a bit of cold water to the jars until the brine covers the cucumbers.
- Cover and refrigerate about 24 hours, then serve. The pickles will keep in the refrigerator for up to one month.