19 Sep 2012


We are a pickle loving family.  Even Fin loves a good dill. Is that strange for a 14 month old?  Probably not since she is the spawn of dill addicts.  

Since pickling cucumbers are all over the farmer's markets at this time of year, I figured I'd give it a whirl and try to make my own dills (I'm a canning virgin).  Since traditional canning seems way too complicated and precise for me, I went with the refrigerator version.  I mostly followed the recipe from here....except that it says to leave the pickles on the counter for 4 days without a lid.  I couldn't handle that, so I read a few other recipes, which all said to put them in the fridge as soon as they are cool.  I liked that version much better.

Now all we have to do is wait a week until we can eat them!!!!  I hope they taste as good as they look.

How about you? Any canning experts out there? Have you tried refrigerator pickles before? Do you have a tried and true recipe?  Please share...maybe I can get over my canning fear this year.


  1. An older lady that cans pickles....just gave me some she canned using her mother's recipe. They were delicious!

    Have a blessed day!

  2. Your Grandma always seems to have reliable answers to any of my canning questions. She's definitely my advisor and she can tell from reading a recipe if it will taste good or not and/or if it's likely to work. K.

    1. True enough. She's always a pretty good resource. Did you make pickles this year?

  3. I love pickles...my favorite to make is probably bread and butter - not too sweet, and not too sour.

    You'll have to give the water bath canning method a try sometime, it'll free up your fridge space and you can just keep all those lovely pickles in your pantry for later on whenever the pickle cravings hit you.

    I have been canning for several years and helped a co-worker friend of mine with her first batch over a weekend this summer. I enjoy the process, but it's more fun when you have people to share in the preparation.

    The Ball Blue Book of Canning is a great go to source if you want to do a variety of things.

    -Erica F :)

    1. Hey Erica. Thanks for the book suggestion! I'll check if maybe the library here has it....just so I can ease into things. I have to admit, I couldn't wait a full week, and I did break down and try our pickles....and they were fantastic! I guess that's why canning might help me - I'm going to be done these ones in weeks!


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