Low-Salt Refrigerator Pickles

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In 1986, I was living with my husband and youngest daughter in Blue Jay, Ohio, on the Indiana border.  My husband had a huge garden and lots of cucumbers.  This was one of a long list of recipes for pickles that I used.  I was still working full time and commuting an hour each way, so this one was good because it used a lot of cucumbers and made up quickly.  I could get a batch made up after supper and they could be used within 4-5 days.   This recipe is from my bible at the time – Pickles & Relishes – 150 Recipes – Apples to Zucchini.

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LOW-SALT REFRIGERATOR PICKLES

  • 3 qts thinly sliced cucumbers
  • 3 medium size onions, sliced thinly
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 cups cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp pickling salt (optional)
  • 1-1/3 tsp turmeric
  • 1-1/3 tsp celery seeds
  • 1-1/3 tsp mustard seeds

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Layer cucumbers and onions in a jar, packing tightly.  Combine remaining ingredients and stir to dissolve the sugar.  Pour the syrup over the cucumbers and cover tightly.  Refrigerate for 4-5 days before using.

Keep these pickles refrigerated.  You can add to the mixture whenever you have more cucumbers.

Yield:  3 quarts

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

8 thoughts on “Low-Salt Refrigerator Pickles”

  1. That’s perfect for me! Why does canning time always come right when it’s hot? LOL Those look like regular cucumbers, not pickling cucumbers. That’s another advantage. I have some at home I need to put up this week, and I think I’ll try a version of this. It sounds like a sweet pickle?

    1. I used pickling cucumbers but I think the regular ones would work. They’re sort of sweet and sour. Lillian

  2. I loved my Nana’s favorite pickles – but I didn’t get the recipe. Refrigerator pickles are fantastic and I thank you for posting this because now I can make them again. Thanks!

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