Friday, August 20, 2010

Refrigerator Pickles

Best refrigerator pickles I ever made, and the leftover pickle juice after the pickles are gone make a great salad dressing!

Pickle solution

1 1/2 c cider vinegar
1 2/3 c sugar
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp pickling spice
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 c kosher salt
1 sprig fresh dill
3-5 pickling cucumbers or enough to firmly pack quart jar.

Slice cucumbers and pack into jar, slide dill sprig down side so it shows and looks pretty :)

Put vinegar, sugar, spices, salt, garlic is pan and bring to boil, cool.

Pour over cucumbers in jar and refrigerate. Let sit in refrigerator for at least 24 hours before eating.

Pickling Spice mix

1 cinnamon stick, crushed
5 bay leaves, crushed
2 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp whole allspice
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp peppercorns
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp dill seeds
2 tsp cardamom seeds
1 - 2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp whole cloves

Mix, store in cool dark place.

Pickle juice salad dressing

1/2 c leftover refrigerator pickle juice
2 tsp brown spicy mustard
Olive oil

Take 1/2 cup juice and add 2 tsp brown spicy mustard, whisk in olive oil until desired taste is reached.

Keep in refrigerator.
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