Do you want to know how to preserve your cucumbers in the frig? Or do they make you want to go and drop off your abundance of cucumbers on neighbors’ porches because you have so much?
It’s the end of summer as we know it, and you still have an overflowing amount of cucumbers. I bet you are tired of making the same old salads. Or maybe you just would like a way to preserve them without a lot of work. Me too! I don’t know anything about canning, except I don’t have the supplies or skills as of yet. I plan to learn, it’s just, one thing at a time, you know?
We just got back from a vacation and now we have an abundance of items to use up. So, when you already have a ton of things to do, not to mention, unpack, you do things the lazy way. I first heard about Refrigerator pickles about 7 years ago. I just tweaked the recipe a bit because, if you didn’t hear me before, I am lazy today.
Refrigerator Pickles Explained
First of all, this is really not a recipe. I just use whatever jar of pickles I’ve already purchased. Most people usually have some pickles in their frig. I happen to like Claussen. After all, they claim to have cold crispy pickles, never cooked. I just slice the pickles any old way. If you like them in many different ways, that works too.
As you can see from the picture, we like the sandwich sliced, spears and whole. So, just slice them how you like to enjoy them and place them right in the jar. You heard me right. There are already spices in the jar and you can just reuse them. How’s that for saving money?
In a couple of days, you will have perfectly seasoned pickles from your fresh cucumbers. This preservation process will continue the longer they are in the frig, thus the different colors of pickles in my container. These pickles are more in the fermenting category than the unpasteurized kind. This is the reason you must keep them refrigerated. When they are not refrigerated it speeds up the fermenting process. These could last from 12 to 18 months.
Types of Pickles to Use
There are different types of pickles to try and preserve. This time I used a seed I received for Christmas from my husband. They are from Heaven’s Harvest and called Cucumber Poinsett 76. They are heirlooms, so they may look funny but taste great! You can find them here.