Sweet & Spicy 1-Day Pickles

Finally, pickles

I wasted the entire summer doing projects around the house, not one enjoying thing like canning the summer's bounty of fruits & vegetables, something I really get a kick out of and that is pleasurable to eat as well.

So when I saw a pack of Kirby cucumbers in the grocer the other day, I knew I had to get in on something - even if it meant 1-day refrigerator pickling.

Here is my version for super easy, quick as can be, crispy pickles that has just enough sweet kick to be called down-right-delicious. Enjoy!

Sweet & Spicy 1-Day Pickles
makes about 1 quart

5 or 6 pickling cucumbers (Kirby)
2 small white onions
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon canning salt
1 tablespoon pickling spices
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup white distilled vinegar

Wash and dry cucumbers. Peel onion. Peel the cucumbers in stripes with a vegetable peeler. Slice into 1/8-inch rounds with a mandolin or sharp knife. Slice onions into 1/4-inch rounds. Set aside.

Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir until sugar and salt dissolves, about 3 minutes.

Pack cucumbers and onions into a sterilized quart jar using a wooden spoon to nestle all in. Pour in the vinegar mixture and tighten lid. Shake several times to distribute spices. Refrigerate for about 5 hours shaking every now and then. Turn jar upside down occasionally too. These will do okay in the fridge for a month, if there's any left at that time.

Note: These turned out so good, I think I will do English cucumbers during the latter months. Oh, and the ones left in the jar got hotter after the third day, so unless you like 'em like 'fire & ice' cut back on the red pepper, personally, I won't change a thing... great on roasted pork sandwiches.


  1. Drick, these sound fantastic! I love pickles, and I love the idea of making my own. Thank you for sharing a FANTASTIC recipe!

  2. I love spicy pickles, but have never tried canning...They certainly look so much better fresh :)

  3. This is something I have never tackled but you really dabble in everything and this is another art I have never tried....will have to give it a go sometime cant beat fresh~

  4. These look great! My son is addicted to spicy pickles and I know that he would love these! And you make it kook so easy! :)

  5. Those are beautiful pickles. I haven't ever made refrigerator pickles before. The more I read other blogs, the longer my list of things to try!

  6. you are the pickling king! those babies look delicious, and sound like they would be great with a pork sandwich!

  7. Wow! These look similar to the kind my mom makes. But I should not be so surprised, considering we are family and all! :)

  8. It's never too late to make refrigerator pickles is it? Any time you can get your hands on some pickling cukes you can have homemade pickles. I make a very similar one without the hot pepper for my grandbabies. Once they know there's a jar full in the fridge they don't last very long!

  9. how wonderful you got the chance to make a batch, they look great...oh summer projects seem to last forever...hope things have settled down for ya!

  10. this is so refreshing in summer and with BBQ.

  11. This sounds interesting! I love spicy pickle. I just can't wait to try it :)


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