Refrigerator Pickles Recipe

Refrigerator Pickles Recipe | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

A few years ago, Russell and I took a southern road trip. We visited Hilton Head Island, Savannah, and Charleston – and in Charleston, we ate at a little place called Jestine’s Kitchen. This tiny restaurant had the best pickles, served in cute little dishes, at every table. They were perfectly sweet and vinegar-y and I’ve wished many times that I had the recipe since.

Refrigerator Pickles Recipe | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Our garden has been producing tons of cucumbers this year, so many that the two of us can’t keep up with them. But I haven’t been feeling the need to can for real yet, since it’s time-consuming, so I thought refrigerator pickles (quick!) would be a good solution. After searching the net for recipes, this is my attempt at creating tasty refrigerator pickles.

Refrigerator Pickles Recipe | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

My Bubbie’s vintage pyrex bowl is probably the best bowl I own! The yellow just makes me happy.

Easy Refrigerator Pickles Recipe


  • 4-6 medium cucumbers
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 8 tsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • canning jars


  1. Rinse and dry cucumbers. I peeled every other strip, to leave a little color and add dimension.
  2. Slice cucumbers in thin, round shapes.
  3. Add cucumbers to bowl, and mix with sugar, salt, and peppercorns. The salt will pull a lot of water from the cukes, but keep it.
  4. Slice onion into thin rings, then quarter into half-moon shapes. Mix with cucumbers in bowl.
  5. Boil the water and vinegar together; I used a tea kettle to easily pour.
  6. While water boils, prepare canning jars. I ended up with 7 or 8 from this recipe. Place equal amounts of the cucumber/onion/sugar/salt/peppercorn mixture to each jar, filling a little more than 3/4 full.
  7. Then pour boiling water over each jar, until filled. Cucumbers and onions should be covered.
  8. Seal and refrigerate immediately. These kept for up to three weeks for us.

Refrigerator Pickles Recipe | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

I will say that these weren’t quite as good as Jestine’s – maybe I needed more sugar? Or there’s a missing secret ingredient? – but I wasn’t disappointed in them, either. It was a nice way to get rid of our garden’s produce, and we gifted a few jars to family.

Refrigerator Pickles Recipe | Life Is Sweet As A Peach


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