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Cori’s Refrigerator Pickles

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Turn fresh cucumbers into delicious and easy dill pickles. They don’t require canning, just a little bit of time and a refrigerator.

Jar of homemade pickle spears.

I love a good crisp deli pickle.  You know the kind.  They have a green skin and a pale white interior.  The have a snap when you bite into them and the garlicy brine is just right.  These are just like that!

homemade pickle spears on plate ready to eat.

My cousin Cori shared the recipe that she uses for refrigerator pickles and it is amazing!  It is a great way to use up the glut of cucumbers coming out of the garden right now.  

The best part is, you don’t have to can them!  Just stick them in jars, cover them with the brine and let them sit for 3 days.

 Waiting is the hardest part!  After that, you can keep them in the refrigerator for months.

 I doubt they will last that long, but go ahead and try!

If you like these, you might also like Cori’s gone in a second pickles. They have a fun spicy kick.

Jar of homemade refrigerator pickle spears.

Refrigerator Pickles

Turn fresh cucumbers into delicious and easy dill pickles. They don't require canning, just a little bit of time and a refrigerator.
5 from 6 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 days
Total Time 3 days 25 minutes
Course Sauces, Dressings & Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 36 Servings
Calories 12 kcal


  • 1 gallon of cucumbers – make sure they don’t have a wax coating if using store bought
  • cup dried minced onion
  • 6 cloves fresh garlic
  • ½ T mustard seeds
  • 6 heads fresh dill
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup canning salt


  • In a saucepan, boil the onion, garlic, mustard seeds, water, vinegar and salt until the salt is dissolved completely.  Let cool. 
  • Meanwhile, slice the cucumbers lengthwise into spears.
  • Place dill in jars.  Just divide it up between the jars you plan to use. Then fill jars with cucumber spears.
  • Pour the liquid over the cucumbers.  
  • Place lids on the jars and let sit on the counter for three days, shaking occasionally.
  • After three days on the counter, refrigerate at least over night but up to 6 months.  They are ready when you are!


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 12kcalCarbohydrates: 2gSodium: 1576mgSugar: 1g
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Friday 14th of August 2015

Thank you so much!


Thursday 13th of August 2015

I want to try these! Maybe I missed it,but what size jars are shown? I think even I can make them! : D


Thursday 13th of August 2015

We filled 6 quart sized jars with this recipe. You can certainly do it!


Wednesday 5th of August 2015

These sound very simple. I'm going to have to give them a try!


Wednesday 5th of August 2015

They are easy and delicious! Canning is still a bit intimidating to me, so anything I can make and pop in the fridge or freezer is perfect!


Tuesday 4th of August 2015

I think my husband would really like these. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


Tuesday 4th of August 2015

I hope he loves them! I am a really big fan of the deli style pickles, so they were perfect for me!