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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Quick Refrigerator Pickles and Onions

I have eaten pickles and onions for many many years. I love recipes that I continue to make as an adult enjoying the same things that my mom and grandmas have made and continue to make.

Refrigerator Pickles and Onions, also called refrigerator pickles or pickled cucumber by others, are super quick and easy to make. There's no canning equipment required.

They are great to whip up and have on hand for a fast addition to your meals.

You only need a few ingredients and most are staples in the kitchen and the cucumbers and onions came from my garden. We have cucumbers and pickling cucumbers growing like crazy as well as sweet onions in the garden that we will be pulling soon to dry. So I grabbed a few and made up a few jars of pickles and onions to enjoy this week.


 3-4 medium sized cucumbers, thinly sliced cucumbers - I prefer mine to be peeled, but you can leave the skin on if you'd like
1 small sweet onion sliced
1 cup water

1 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp salt
a little pepper for taste


1. Mix water, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add cucumbers and onions to the mixture. Taste and adjust to your liking. Add more cucumbers or onions if you like more of either. 

2. Your cucumbers and onions should be covered with the brine mixture. If you want to make a large batch make up more brine to add. 

3. Place the mixture in containers in the refrigerator. The flavors blend together overnight, although I start eating as soon as I've made them. 

They can store in the refrigerator up to two weeks. I have been making several jars up on Sundays to last us the week then repeat again. Makes about 4 pint jars of pickles and onions.


The farmers markets are plentiful of cucumbers and onions at this time in the season. If you don't garden, go grab some up and make yourself this refreshing recipe. Now I'll go enjoy mine with my dinner. Enjoy!


  1. About how many cucumbers would you recommend for the listed amount of pickling ingredients? And are they regular cucumbers or pickling cucumbers? How much does this recipe make?

  2. I too would like to know how many cucumbers were used?

  3. can you use raw vineger instead white?

  4. These are a huge favorite from my childhood and you've reminded me that I haven't made them in a while. Now, where is the printable recipe (giggles) ;)

  5. Oh, my gosh!!! This is the recipe my mother used to make. I have been looking for it online for 2 years!!!!

  6. My grandmother, aunts and mom made a similar recipe but they didn't use any sugar and they added dill and garlic. Probably because those two ingredients were always in their garden. I use red wine vinegar and cider vinegar sometimes for a different flavor but they are definitely a sour pickle. We called the table cukes. My husband won't eat sweet pickles of any kind but this is a family favorite. So glad people share their recipes and heritage. Most of our heritage is mixed with foods.

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  11. Oh I love me some refrigerator cucumbers. These look amazing!

  12. This is a fantastic idea! Great way to use the summer cucumbers!

  13. This looks incredible, this would be perfect on burgers!

  14. So fun...making them now! Thanks for the inspiration...I had two cucumbers in the fridge and no plan. 😊

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