23 Quick Pickle Recipes for Your Garden Bounty (2024)

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Quick Pickles are delicious, small-batch friendly, and super easy tomake. Plus, they require no special equipment and are usually ready to eat within a day or two of preparation.

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Quick pickles, also known as refrigerator pickles, are simply vegetables that are pickled in a vinegar, water, and salt solution and stored in the refrigerator. (Depending on the recipe, the solution may also include sugar and other spices.)

Our garden is bursting at the seams right now, and we arehustling to preserveall that fresh garden bounty, and one of our favorite ways to do that is pickling. (Yeah, I know, Portland. We can pickle that.)

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Our fridge is crammed with tart, tangy quick pickles that will last us through the next couple of months until our traditionally canned, "real" pickles have had time to percolate in their jars out on the pantry shelves.

Quick Pickle Recipes for Your Garden Bounty

Quick Pickles are delicious, small-batch friendly, and super easy tomake. Plus, they require no special equipment, and are usually ready to eat within a day or two of preparation.

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Pickled Cucumber Salad

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Pickled Cucumber Salad is the traditional Danish side dish to everything from hamburgers, meatballs, and sandwiches to chicken and pork. It’s easy to make, healthy, and can stay fresh in the fridge for a week.

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Refrigerator Pickles

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These refrigerator sweet pickles with cinnamon and cloves are delicious and easy to make. They are crunchy, sweet, tart and subtly flavored with cinnamon, clove, black peppercorns, bay leaf, mace and mustard seeds.

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Swedish Cucumbers

Swedish Cucumbers are a snap to make! Ready to eat in just hours, you will love the fresh, briny sweetness these easy quick pickles bring to the plate. (No canning required!)

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Spicy Quick Pickled Cucumbers

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Quick Picklesare the answer to a summer bounty of vegetables. TheseSpicy Quick Pickled Cucumbersare so easy and delicious, you'll want to have a jar in the fridge all summer long!

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Homemade Dill Pickle Chips

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These Homemade Dill Pickle Chips take a few easy steps to transform simple cucumbers into fresh and crunchy, delicious pickle chips. Perfect for snacking, sandwiches and of course, burgers. These are not like sweet bread and butter pickles. There is very little sugar, so they are more on the tart side with slight sweetness.

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Easy Refrigerator Pickles

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Easy Homemade Refrigerator Pickles–A super-easy recipe for homemade pickles that cure right in your fridge so there’s no need to preserve them in jars. Ready in just a day or two, these classic dills will be a welcomed addition to your summer time parties and barbecues!

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Easy Refrigerator Garlic Dills

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These homemade garlic dill pickles produce an epic crunch! Just pour boiling salted water over the cucumbers, garlic and dill and the pickles areready for crunching the next day!

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Spicy Vietnamese Pickled Vegetables

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TheseSpicy Vietnamese Pickled Vegetablesprovide some crunch, tang, and texture to whatever you put it on.

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Quick Pickled Vidalia Onions

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Quick Pickled Vidalia Onions ~ this sweet onion refrigerator pickle takes just minutes to prepare, and you’ll reap the rewards all summer long on burgers, brats, steaks, sandwiches and tacos!

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Authentic Mexican Pickled Carrots

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Mexican pickled carrotsare a crunchy delicious snack, often served at Mexican restaurants. Make this easy quick pickle recipe at home!

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Grilled Pickles (Zucchini Pickles)

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Homemade grilled pickles are a delicious topping on burgers.

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Pink Peppercorn Pickled Swiss Chard Stems

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A simple little recipe that uses an otherwise throwaway bit, swiss chard stems. Pink peppercorn pickled swiss chard stems are super yummy on top of a salad, as a condiment for a sandwich,or just on their own as a crunchy, salty snack.

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Quick Pickled Jalapeños

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Quick Pickled Jalapeños ~ your pickles are ready in the time it takes you to slice your peppers, and you’re going to want to load up on these, because jalapeños make everything better!

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Russian Grandma's Pickled Tomatoes

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Get your pickling on! Try these Russian pickled tomatoes: healthy, delicious and super easy to make. A flavorful and refreshing appetizer or snack made in only 30 minutes that will keep for months on the shelf.

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Quick Pickled Watermelon Radish

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The pickled watermelon radish is sweet and slightly sour, with a hint of spiciness. It takes only 5 minutes to put together and another 5 minutes to marinate. It works as a fun appetizer by itself and is a great ingredient to add to your salad. {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

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Spiced Crunchy Balsamic Beet Pickle

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This is the easiest and tastiestBalsamic Beet pickleout there! Crunchy beet, marinated with chilli and caraway and balsamic vinegar.

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Refrigerator Pickled Radish & Turnips

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There is still time left to savor summer and my favorite way is to make giant batches of refrigerator pickles. Put aside the cucumbers and learn to makePickled Radish and Turnips.

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Small Batch Refrigerator Pickled Beets

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Small Batch Refrigerator Pickled Beets – Are extra beets taking over the back of your refrigerator? Break up that rabble and put them to good use with this delightfully simple pickling recipe!

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Pickled Vegetables (with Leftover Veggies)

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Pickled vegetables are easy to make using cauliflower, peppers, fennel, onions, garlic and carrots. Put any veggies in a simple vinegar and oil brine.

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Pickled Red Onions Recipe

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Use these quick pickled red onions to add punch to vegan dishes and help cut through the richness of meaty ones. You really can't go wrong.

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Prettiest Pickled Onions

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This recipe for pickled onions are absolutely the prettiest and easiest thing imaginable. All you need are onions, vinegar and peppercorns!

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Pickled Pineapple

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Pickled pineapple is perfect when you want something sweet, sour and spicy all at the same time.

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Pickled Green Strawberries

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Unripe strawberries are too tart to eat. But pickled green strawberries are amazing and so easy to make.

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  1. Phil says

    Thank you for the small recipes. I do a lot of canning but sometimes am put off because my recipes are a lot larger and I don't want to get the big water bath ready...I can do most of these easily, even the recipes calling for a water bath...just use one of my larger pots. And I can try one recipe to see if I/we like it...to see if I want to make more.

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  2. Garry says

    These look great

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  3. Hannah says

    I didn't even know you could pickle all these things. I am super intrigued and planning to try a few. Thanks for the idea, I am super excited to try this

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  4. Holly says

    I love pickling veggies...these are awesome!

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  5. Tanya Schroeder says

    These are lovely and i bet they taste delicious!

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FAQs

What is the difference between pickling and quick pickling? ›

Traditional pickle making includes canning, which uses high temperatures to sterilize and create an airtight seal that further preserves the contents from spoilage. Quick pickling uses the same basic ingredients as traditional pickling but you skip the canning process and store them in your refrigerator.

How do chefs quickly pickle vegetables? ›

Place the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar (if using) in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Pour the brine over the vegetables, filling each jar to within 1/2 inch of the top. You might not use all the brine.

How long do homemade quick pickles last? ›

Once cool, store in the fridge. The quick pickles can be enjoyed right away, although they'll taste much better after 24 hours and even better after a week. Quick pickles will keep for about 3 months in a sealed jar in the fridge.

What is the best pickling ratio? ›

The classic ratio is super easy to remember and is easily scale-able depending on how many pickles you're making. It's 100% vinegar, 50% water, 25% sugar and 12.5% kosher salt by weight. So for example, 200g vinegar, 100g water, 50g sugar and 25g kosher salt (again, you can scale this up or down!).

Which vinegar is better for pickling? ›

Most pickle recipes call for distilled white vinegar. This is the clear, colorless vinegar made by fermenting grains. It has a mellow aroma, tart acid flavor and does not affect the color of light-colored vegetables or fruits.

Why use distilled vinegar for pickling? ›

Distilled white vinegar

Because of its clarity, it maintains colour and flavour of the produce being pickled. This makes it ideal for pale produce you don't want to discolour like fruits and white vegetables like cauliflower or onions.

What is the quick pickle method? ›

Quick pickling is the process of immersing food in a spiced vinegar and water solution for immediate or short term consumption. Quick pickles are sometimes called refrigerator pickles, because they're stored in the refrigerator and eaten within weeks, as opposed to canned or fermented pickles which are shelf stable.

How long does it take a cucumber to become a pickle? ›

Begin sampling the cucumbers after 4 hours if you've quartered them, 8 hours if you've halved them. In either case, it will probably take from 12 to 24 or even 48 hours for them to taste pickled enough to suit your taste. When they are ready, transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate them in the brine.

Are quick pickled vegetables good for you? ›

While quick pickles do have some of the blood sugar and healthy gut benefits of regular pickles, they don't undergo the full fermentation process to form lactic acid, and so they have fewer of the probiotics.

Can I reuse quick pickle brine? ›

Absolutely yes, you can reuse pickle brine,” says Phillip Bec of McClure's Pickles. Mark Hungarland, the co-founder of Doux South Pickles, agrees. "We have always encouraged our customers to reuse our brines," Hungarland tells Southern Living. "It is such a waste to dump the brine after the pickles are gone."

How long should quick pickles sit before eating? ›

You want to completely cover the vegetables with the brine. Put a lid on, then let the jar cool to room temperature before storing in the fridge. I like to let the pickles sit in the fridge for at least one day, though they really start tasting more pickle-like after 2–3 days.

Why did my homemade pickles go bad? ›

Pickled fruits and vegetables can go bad if the jars are inproperly sealed, if the ratios of vinegar or salt in a brine are off, or if the pickles are exposed to air because there isn't enough brine in the jar, or they aren't weighted down.

What is the 321 pickle rule? ›

This is a basic 3-2-1 pickle recipe—three parts vinegar, two parts water, one part sugar. Salt and spices are totally up to you. You can also reduce the amount of sugar for a more savory pickle brine.

What is the basic pickling formula? ›

Use this BA-endorsed formula as a brine base for pretty much everything: Bring 1 cup distilled white vinegar, 2 Tbsp. kosher salt, 2 tsp. sugar, up to 2 Tbsp. spices (e.g., peppercorns, coriander seeds, and/or mustard seeds), and 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan.

Can Apple cider vinegar be used for pickling? ›

I love how the cucumbers soak up the flavors of the pickling solution and dill while maintaining that satisfying crunch. Apple cider vinegar (ACV): I used apple cider vinegar as the base to the pickling solution. It adds a tangy and slightly sweet flavor to the pickles.

What does quick pickling do? ›

Quick pickles only require a few days in the brine before they can be enjoyed. If you are impatient (or your 2-year old is) you can even try them the next day! Quick pickles also tend to stay crispier than canned pickles because they're not heated as long.

What are the benefits of quick pickling? ›

The brine imparts a tangy flavor and helps to preserve the food. And compared with store-bought pickled veggies, homemade quick pickles can be lower in sodium and sugar.

What are the 2 methods of pickling? ›

Pickling Science

The pickling process is carried out in one of two ways. One method is through anaerobic fermentation in a brine that creates lactic acid. The other method is marinating and storing it in an acid solution, usually vinegar (acetic acid).

What are the 4 types of pickling? ›

The many varieties of pickled and fermented foods are classified by ingredients and method of preparation. The four general classes are: brined or fermented, fresh-pack or quick-process, fruit and relishes. Caution: The level of acidity in a pickled product is as important to its safety as it is to taste and texture.

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