I thought I'd share with y'all real quick is uh , refrigerator pickles , how I like to make a quick , easy pickle .
Um , they don't take very long to actually make and in three days we'll have some excellent tasting pickles .
There's a lot of ways you can make pickles .
Um , we're gonna use all the ingredients from our uh vegetable garden .
I mean , you can ferment , uh , fermented pickles or even uh canning or processing uh pickles .
But this is a simple way you can use any jar and there's no special equipment whatsoever needed to make refrigerator pickles , which we are going to make today .
All right .
So the first thing we gotta do is get out of the garden .
We're gonna pick our cucumbers that we got on the vine .
We've got quite a few growing this year .
That was the goal and plan .
So we can make a lot of different kinds of pickles .
And , uh , also we're going to pick some of this fresh deal we got growing .
Um , so we can use that in making our homemade refrigerator pickles .
All right .
So the next thing to do is , uh , make sure you get them all washed very well cleaned .
Um I like to take the stems off and the blossom ends , make sure they're nice and clean and wash them .
Well , as you can see , we have all shapes and sizes of cucumbers here .
Um Some of them are bigger .
This one here .
If you look at it , it's kind of turning white or yellowish towards the end .
This one is not the best ideal for making uh pickles , but it's still most definitely edible .
I would recommend using a uh a uh firm fresh pickle uh cucumber right out of the garden to make your pickles with .
And uh that's what we're going to do here .
I'm gonna uh spear most of these make spears , pickle spears , you can slice them or even leave some of the smaller ones whole and they will do just fine as well .
So there's only really a couple of ingredients you really need to make refrigerator pickles .
One is vinegar water and uh salt .
I have a Himalayan pink salt that I've finally ground earlier .
I like to use this salt and you can use really any vinegar .
You can use your apple cider vinegar .
I have a raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar that which I really like to use for this purpose .
You can use a white vinegar or regular apple cider Viner or even a uh champagne vinegar , uh white wine vinegar .
There's all kinds of vinegars out there .
So choose the vinegar and make different kinds and see which one you really prefer .
And then it's up to you as far as ingredients we're gonna use from .
We're gonna make some dill refrigerator pickles .
So we got some fresh dill from the garden .
Uh a little spice , we can use red pepper flakes .
Uh Some people recommend dill seed if you want a little more dill flavor and uh some use a uh pickling spice as well .
If you want them sweet , you can add sugar or anything else like that .
So there's really infinite possibilities as to flavor combinations for our um pickles that we're going to make .
Let me show you real quick how I do it .
All right .
So the first thing we're gonna do is let's get our , our water and our apple cider vinegar and we're gonna bring it to a boil and we'll just let that come to a boil and add our salt .
Next thing to do is get our uh spices and flavorings into the jar in the bottom before we add our uh cucumbers .
So I'm gonna add my uh deal this break off as much as you want .
I like to add quite a bit of this .
You need a good amount .
There's no right amount to add necessarily .
And we'll put that in the jar on the bottom .
We'll add a few of these red pepper flakes as well to the bottom .
And I'm gonna add a little bit of dill seed today and then of course , our garlic that we've also grown from our garden , I'll just crush this and add that .
So I just have our garlic here , uh , just lightly crushed and I'll add that to the bottom of the jar .
And the next step really is , all you gotta do is , uh , put your cucumbers in any way you want , try to make them look nice .
I got a nice big jar here because I want to fill this up .
I got quite a bit of cucumbers I wanna make and turn them into nice , good tasting pickles here .
The best way to do this is turn the jar on the side and you can just lay them in until you get them how you want .
All right .
So , as you can see , we got our water vinegar mixture .
It's come to a boil and next we'll add our uh salt , turn off the heat and we'll make sure we stir that in really well till it's all dissolved .
All right .
So I got my uh cucumbers packed nice and tight in our jar .
As you can see , and I added a little bit more spices .
I left one small one up here and whole .
I like to cut them .
That makes the uh vinegar uh seep through the uh cucumbers much faster than if you leave them whole .
It'll take a little bit longer for the uh skins to um uh for the vinegar to penetrate through the skin .
If you leave them completely whole .
So some of these are just cut in half in this one as you can see here .
And all you gotta do now is fill your jars up with the uh vinegar , hot vinegar mixture that we just did .
And that is all there is to it , you know , leave a little bit of room up top , maybe about an inch space and uh let these cool down to room temperature before you put them in your refrigerator .
And then I'll just uh screw the lids on .
And it's that simple to make a uh refrigerator pin pickles .
So we'll let these uh set for uh three days in the refrigerator .
Make sure you do refrigerate .
These , these must be refrigerated .
These are not a shelf stable as these are a quick made refrigerator pickle .
These are not a processed or a canned pickle , um or fermented pickle .
So these must stay in the refrigerator or they will go bad .
So , uh let this cool down to room temperature and then we'll stick them in the refrigerator and wait three days and we'll have us some delicious pickles .
So , what I'll do is I'll just write the date that I um , made them wait three days and then they're ready to go .
Um You gonna ask how long this will last in the refrigerator for us ?
They won't last that long .
Uh We'll eat these in a couple of weeks .
Um You could probably get away with a month or two .
But the longer they set in here in this brine , they will get a stronger flavor and even get mushy , the longer they go , this is not ideal , uh , way to , uh , take your store , your pickles .
If you were looking for a long term storage solution for making pickles , I would recommend , uh , processing or canning or some other means , refrigerator pickles or for a short term , quick way to make uh pickles versus other options .
So , all right .
So as you can see , it's quite simple to actually make a refrigerator pickles .
You can do this , just not with cucumbers you could do with uh cauliflower carrots , uh green beans , uh okra , there's are a wide variety of any vegetables you want to do some pickled of any kind .
You can do that and you can always change or add spices of any kind of flavoring that you want for those uh particular vegetables that you want to pickle .
So , uh , as you can see , once you get the hang of it , it's pretty simple .
So make it a great day .