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26.8.12

REFREGIRATOR PICKLES


Refrigerator pickles, fridge pickles, ice cream bucket pickles, ice cream pickles, bucket pickles are some of the names these pickles are called and the variations are endless. I never heard of this thing, making pickles in your fridge until a few years ago my friend Barbara wrote out a version of it for me during one of their visits from Edmonton. I took it, but I knew I will never make it; it had way too much salt, vinegar and spices in it for my palate. However the idea intrigued me so I decided to make it using the same concept but in a milder version. I always liked pickles, but never cared for the pucker types and so it remains to be seen if I will succeed with these ones.

This morning I used up some of the cucumbers the man picked for me last night. We are in the man and woman mode when we are dog sitting, “go with the man” or “go to the woman” we tell the dogs; between the two of us we have so many names we don’t want to confuse them. I quartered the cucumbers; put them in 2 glass jars with the dill and the garlic cloves. Then I made the brine. I poured the brine over them, put the caps on and the jars went into the fridge. Now I wait 5 days to see if these cucumbers will turn into pickles. The color will tell me apparently.

It is day four and the cucumbers look like pickles. Now for the taste test… They taste pretty awful. I put them back and decide to wait for one more day. I forget to check the pickles on day five so this is day six. What a change in two days! These are pretty good! I will do a batch of kosher dills next. Then I will compare and see which one I like better.

pickling cucumbers in various sizes to fill 2 glass jars
2 heads of dill
4 cloves of garlic

Brine:
6 cups of water
3/8 cup sugar
6 Tbsp pickling salt
1-1/2 cups 5% white vinegar

• Wash the cucumbers and cut off the ends.
• Quarter them and set them aside.
• Place a head of dill and 2 garlic cloves in each glass jar.
• Arrange the cucumber on the top.
• To make the brine, boil 4 cups of water.
• Meanwhile place the sugar, pickling salt, pickling spice and the vinegar in a bowl.
• Pour the boiling water into the bowl and stir to dissolve the pickling salt.
• Divide the brine between the two jars with the cucumbers.
• Place a well fitting screw cap on the tops and put them in the fridge for 5 days.
• Pickles are ready a couple of days after the color changes. It was good by the sixth day. Now I can rest.
• Pickles will keep for 6 months in the fridge.

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It began with posting a few recipes on line for my family. "zsuzsa is in the kitchen" has more than 1000 Hungarian and International recipes. What started out as a private project turned into a well visited blog. The number of visitors long passed the two million mark. I organized my recipes into an on-line cookbook. On top of the page click on the cookbook to access the recipes. I am not profiting from my blog, so my visitors will not be harassed with advertising or flashy gadgets. Feel free to cut and paste my recipes for your own use. Publication is permitted as long as it is in your own words and with your own photographs. However, I would ask you for an acknowledgement and link-back to my blog. This is to my old on-line friends and visitors: policing the comment section for spam and answering questions has become a chore. Good wishes to you all, happy cooking and keep on feeding your people with good food.

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