Refrigerator Pickles and Giveaway!

Refrigerator Pickles and Giveaway! |

In my hometown our church runs a pear farm and every August I would spend summer evenings picking pears with my friends so the pears could be shipped all over the country to aid in welfare relief efforts. It also meant that my mom and I would spend several sticky hours in our kitchen canning a ridiculous amount of pears that we would glean after the initial harvest was over. 

If you’ve never canned before it can be a seemingly intimidating process, but the truth is that it’s pretty simple once you get a few basics down. But, instead of  try to organize my thoughts about canning in one post I’ll just refer you to the professionals and let them give you the skinny. Canning is super simple and Ball brand canning wants you to know how to do it so they are hosting,

National Can-It-Forward Day on Saturday, August 17.


You can come and participate in a live webcast of canning demos where viewer questions will be answered in real-time!  Food Network star Ted Allen will be live on site demoing his favorite canning recipes for viewers too!   You can find information about how to participate in Can-It-Forward Day as well as watch the live stream at

Cool, Right? I’m kind of excited about watching and learning something new. Until then, if you want to curb your craving for canning without really having to know how to can, these refrigerator pickles are for you! They use canning jars so you’re basically canning, right? The only difference is that the finished pickles need to be stored in the fridge after making as opposed to being stored in the pantry. This makes for a quick project that is super easy.

You can basically pickle whatever vegetable your little heart desires but I went basic with cucumbers. Asparagus, young carrots, raddishes or green beans work well too. I used half pickling cumbers and half regular cucumbers in the pictures.

Refrigerator Pickles and Giveaway! |

Wash, slice, and get your veggies ready how you want them and peel 10 cloves of fresh garlic.

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In the meantime heat 4 C of water to boil, cook the garlic in the water for a few minutes, remove from the heat and stir in some vinegar and salt– this is your brine. I LOVE fresh dill.  I love the way it smells. I love the way it looks. I love the way it tastes. I honestly wish I could have a vase of it in my kitchen year-round. Is that weird?

Refrigerator Pickles and Giveaway! |

Divide about 1 C of fresh dill (stems attached) among two quart-sized canning jars.

Refrigerator Pickles and Giveaway! |

Remove the cooked garlic cloves from the brine and divide evenly along the jars. Add 2 tsp of pickling spice to each jar as well.

Refrigerator Pickles and Giveaway! |

Pack each jar with your veggies– you can pack them in there pretty tight if you want to.

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Bring the bring back up to a boil and and fill each jar with it until the veggies are immersed. Allow to cool, place a lid on top and refrigerate until ready to eat!  They’ll keep in the fridge for up to 3 months and so much better than your typical grocery store pickle! The recipe is at the bottom of the post, just past the giveaway info. Enjoy!

Refrigerator Pickles and Giveaway! |


Two ways to win:

1). Ball wants you to be ready to start canning once you learn all you need to know about canning on Saturday, so to one of you lucky ducks they are giving away:

·         The Ball Canning Discovery Kit

·         The Ball Blue Book Guide To Preserving

·         One coupon for a free case of Ball brand canning jars

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me me what you want to can first! I’ll pick a winner on August 27th and contact the winner via email.

2.) One grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card to and four runners up will receive a Ball branded package including a Ball Blue Book, Canning Discovery Kit and Case of Heritage Collection Jars by pinning a canning-related image on Pinterest and tag it with #canitforward. (Click on any of the “pin it” buttons below my pictures on this post to pin these pickles). Email your pin to to be entered to win!

Refrigerator Pickles
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • several sprigs fresh dill (about 1 cup, stems attached)
  • 4 tsp pickling spice
  • Desired vegetables (I used all cucumbers, but green beans, asparagus, young carrots, raddish, sweet peppers, etc. work well)
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and add the garlic. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and salt, raise the heat, and bring to a boil, stirring until the salt dissolves. Remove from heat.
  2. Evenly divide the dill among 2 1-quart canning jars. Divide the pickling spice among the jars as well. Using tongs, remove the garlic from the brine and place 5 cloves in each jar. Pack each jar with desired vegetables (I used about 2 pounds of cucumbers) until each jar is tightly stuffed.
  3. Bring the brine back to a boil and pour over the veggies to cover completely. Allow to cool, then place the lids on the jars and refrigerate. Keep these in the fridge for up to 3 months.
Source: Ted Allen, Food Network Magazine


  1. Nancy A. says

    I would love to make some jam and those refrigerator pickles! We love pickles and eat jam on toast every morning.

  2. sharonjo says

    I’d like to can some chokecherry jelly. The berries are just ripening here, and they are beautiful this year! Thanks so much.

  3. Susan says

    I’ve already canned pickles, applesauce, strawberry jam and loquat jam. I’d like to have a go at canning salsa.

  4. Mandie says

    I would love to try canning homemade ketchup! I have been looking at recipes for years, but haven’t tried it, yet.

  5. Blessie Nelson says

    I am so excited about this giveaway and canning! I would make mango shrimp pickles and can them for the winter!

  6. Judy Pollock says

    Would love to can some hot peppers. I have tons that need something done with them asap :)..Thank you!

  7. Ginger says

    I need to get started canning my tomatoes! They’re starting to pile up on my window sill, I’ve just been too busy to do it lately.

  8. says

    I’ve got a ton of cucumbers growing in my garden!! They’ll be my first canning experience!! Next year my garden will be much bigger & I’ll need lots of canning supplies :-)

  9. Rhonda Essid says

    I plan to make some refrigerator pickles, dilly beans, and peach/jalapeno jam. This looks like such an easy, tasty recipe.

  10. Linda says

    These pickles look easy enough for me to make, and I like the fact that I don’t have to worry about sealing the jar. I think I will give it a shot. Thanks for the instructions!

  11. Sarah Newton says

    The first thing I’d can would be an old family classic of yours, pears! We bought this house a year ago, and last year was my first year canning pears – and it was a bit of a learning curve disaster. I’m more confident this year and would love to give it another go!

  12. Lisa White says

    That brings back memories of when I was a little girl canning in the kitchen with my Mom. I would LOVE to can some Pickles or Salsa!!

  13. Ashley says

    I am looking forward to making my great grandmother’s bread and butter pickle recipe. I’ve never made it before, but my grandmother used to make them all the time when I was a child.

  14. Cynthia R says

    I want to make homemade pesto with the basil I have growing in the garden. I also want to try to can some of the garden tomatoes. Maybe even a pasta sauce using those two ingredients?

  15. Anne says

    If I’m the lucky winner of this canning kit, the first thing I try with it would be some applesauce. The apple trees around the house are full of fruit this year, and it won’t be long until it’s ready for picking.

  16. Cynthia R says

    I want to make homemade pasta sauce from the Roma tomatoes and the basil in my garden! Your fridge pickles look delicious…like those Claussen pickles.

  17. Lori says

    I can’t wait to try this on my fresh cucumbers out of the garden. Hopefully I can get to them before the deer do.
    I have tons of fresh dill and it would be nice to finally use some instead of just growing it for the aroma. I love the smell as well and just grow it because I love it.

  18. Natasha says

    This would be awesome because Ive been dying to try canning but never really had the confidence to do it. I would probably start with strawberry jam!

  19. kris johnson says

    I have never canned before but I just bought a half peck of cucumbers and cannot wait to try making garlic dill pickles. Thank you for the recipe and making sound so simple. :-). Wish me luck!

  20. Ann says

    Heather, I’m going crazy trying to find out a question about cheese. Is there a cheese,that would replace gouda in a recipe?
    Thanks, I love your site. (Don does too but not sure if he would admit it!)

  21. Ann says

    Everything you make always looks so yummy. I miss the pear farm. They had some good pears and a good selection. Canning is something I’ve never really tried by myself but I know I can do it. I’ll just call Heather and she will talk me through it! OK with you, Heather?

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