Thursday, September 2, 2010

Quick Pickles

I had some fresh, local kirby cucumbers on hand and decided to try a "quick pickle" recipe.  I came across a Rachael Ray recipe that had great reviews and I had all of the ingredients - bonus!   These were easy as can be to make and were quite delicious.  I thought that there was a good balance between the sweet and sour.  The pickles had a nice crunch and were even better a day or two later. 

Quick Pickles

1/2 cup white vinegar
2 rounded teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1 teaspoon salt
1 clove cracked garlic
2 tablespoons fresh dill leaves, chopped or snipped
1 bay leaf
4 kirby cucumbers, cut into 1-inch slices on an angle


Heat small saucepan over medium high heat. Add vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, salt, and garlic to the pan and cook until it begins to simmer and sugar dissolves. Toss the dill, bay leaf, and sliced cucumbers together in a heat-proof bowl. Pour the simmering liquid over the cucumbers and stir to evenly coat. Allow to cool to room temperature or chill before serving.


  1. I love pickles! They add such a nice crunch and refreshing flavor to just about any sammy...but I've been known to eat them straight out of the jar. :) I bet your homemade version is better than anything from the store!

  2. There's nothing better than a simple recipe AND all ingredients are on hand.

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  3. I have all the ingredients at hand! And cukes in the garden. Perfect! Crunch!

  4. I need to try this... my daughter loves pickles.

  5. Nothing could be simpler, Jen. Super recipe! We love pickles around here.

  6. Yum! Lisa made some quick pickles from cucumbers in our garden this week for some Cuban sammiches. - John

  7. I have never made my own pickles, I did see some great candidates at the farmers market last weekend, maybe its time to give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. I love pickles and yours sound delicious. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary