Refrigerator pickle recipe
pick first thing in the morning, for best flavor; select ones that are free of mold, insect damage, blemishes and soft spots
whole mustard seed
fresh dill weed
whole dried bay leaf
white distilled vinegar
white wine vinegar
more fresh garlic
of crushed red pepper
a few chopped jalapenos or a habanero
Ancho peppers will add a peppery boldness
chipotle chiles will give the pickles a rich & spicy smoked flavor
Thoroughly wash the cucumbers and assemble the spices.
Cut the cucumbers into spears or slices and place in a 2-quart container or jar with a lid.
Add the garlic, peppercorns, mustard seed, dill weed, and bay leaf.
Stir together the brown sugar, vinegars and water.
Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumbers and shake the jar well to combine.
Cover and chill for at least 24 hours for the fullest flavor. They will keep up to 3-months in the refrigerator.
Adapted from Organic Gardening, Aug/Sep 2010