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Quick Pickles or Refrigerated Pickles – Delicious Instant Pickles

Quick Pickles or Refrigerated Pickles – Delicious Instant Pickles – Quick pickles or refrigerator pickles are instant pickles. To quick pickle something all it takes is to soak the vegetables in a vinegar brine.

Quick pickles are made with vegetables pickled in a vinegar, water, and salt (and optionally sugar, too) solution and then stored in the refrigerator.

Letting refrigerator pickles sit longer helps their flavour develop more, so an overnight rest is ideal, but they’re also fine to eat right away!

When you make your first quick pickle, you will discover that sometimes there’s a delicious & crunchy pickled vegetable that really takes the dish to the next level.

How to make quick pickles with vegetables?

How to make refrigerator pickle at home?

This is no rocket science and has been done since many years.

It involves vegetables to brine in a vinegar solution, infusing them with seasonings for extra flavor, and landing with quick pickled vegetables that are ready to eat the same day.

You can easily create quick pickles with cucumbers cut into wedges or slices, thinly sliced beetroots, turnips, or carrots, zucchini ribbons.

This works well with green beans, asparagus, cauliflower, radish, roasted cherry tomatoes and baby onions refrigerator pickles as well.

Seasonings can be added in any amount you desire. Sugar can be increased or omitted depending on how sweet you want the end result to be.

Always use the freshest possible vegetable produce for refrigerator pickles.

How long does it take for a pickle to pickle?

How long does it take for a pickle to get ready?

Quick pickles are also called instant pickles or unfermented pickles because they are ready to eat almost immediately.

Similarly, they are called refrigerator pickles or fridge pickles because they require a few hours to a few days of refrigeration in the brine to mature.

To make a refrigerator pickle, simply mix your vegetables with vinegar, salt, sugar, dill, garlic and onion. Store them the refrigerator for 4-6 hours and they’ll be ready to eat.

However, the flavour of quick pickles matures more with time. You can put them in a jar with a tight lid. Shake the jar a couple of times a day for 4-5 days.

The unfermented pickles will be well pickled and ready to eat in five days to one week with a far more robust flavour.

How long do quick pickles last?

How to store your quick pickles?

Quick pickles can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. At room temperature, quick pickles usually last for a week.

While you can technically pickle any time of year, something about quick pickling always feels very summery to me. Especially, if you land up at the farmer’s markets and garb farm fresh vegetables.


Pickled Cucumbers in Quick Pickle Brine


Which vinegar can I use for pickling?

Which are the good vinegar for pickling?

Vinegar is the preservative and flavoring agent in most pickles. Ensure you use a vinegar that has 5% of acetic acid. What kind you use depends on the color and flavor you want to have in the pickled product.

White Vinegar – 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 the light-colored vegetables or fruits.

Apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar, made from fermented apple juice has a mellow, fruity flavor that blends well with spices. However, it darkens most vegetables and fruits. Cider vinegar may be substituted for white vinegar of the same acidity.

Malt Vinegar: Malt vinegar made from malted barley is another prime contender. It is often quite a dark brown so will colour the food you are pickling a shade of brown and it has a fairly bold flavour so is best used with high flavoured produce.

Avoid using aged or concentrated vinegar like balsamic or wine vinegar for pickling.

How vinegar preserves food?

Is vinegar a good preservative for pickles?

Vinegar is highly effective as a preservative is because of its pH. The acid in vinegar is acetic acid created by acetobacter, a type of acid producing bacteria.

The acidity of vinegar inhibits the growth of damaging bacteria and therefore foods stored in vinegar are able to last much longer without refrigeration.

Acidity is, therefore, a key requirement when choosing a vinegar to preserve foods.

Some types of bacteria are able to grow in slightly acidic solutions we need to ensure the vinegar we use to pickle with is acidic enough to start with.


Quick Pickles or Refrigerator Pickles – Easy Instant Pickles


What kind of herbs can I use for my refrigerator pickles?

Herb suggestions for your quick pickles

You can use fresh or dried herbs like thyme, rosemary, dill, oregano, etc. to add flavor to your pickle. Dill pairs perfectly with fresh cucumbers, while thyme complements cherry tomatoes well.

What kind of spices can I use for flavouring my quick pickle?

Spice flavourings for your refrigerator pickles

Whole spices like peppercorns, red pepper flakes, dill seed, mustard seed and star anise are excellent additions. You can also use some ground spices like turmeric, which blends well.

Adding ginger and garlic works very well and it enhances the flavours very nicely.

In addition to traditional aromatics like ginger and garlic, you can also try using various types of fresh, bhut jolokia to add a super fiery kick. Check out the lotus root pickle recipe as an example.

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Pickled Cucumbers | Quick Pickle Cucumbers | Refrigerator Pickled Cucumber

Pickled Cucumbers | Quick Pickle Cucumbers | Refrigerator Pickled Cucumber. Quick pickled cucumber recipe with garlic and dill. These refrigerator pickles are super easy to make and are ready to serve the next day.
Course Pickle, Quick Pickle, Refrigerator Pickle
Cuisine World
Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Pickled Cucumbers, Pickled Cucumbers Recipe, Quick Pickled Cucumbers, Quick Pickled Cucumbers Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 20 Servings
Calories 11kcal
Author Sumit Malhotra

Ingredients

  • 20 piece 4-6 inch Cucumbers Tendli
  • 1 Piece Head of Garlic
  • 3 Cup White Vinegar 5% acidity
  • 4 tablespoons Pickling Salt no iodine salt
  • 4 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Dill 1 Bunch
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tablespoons Black Peppercorns

Instructions

  • Get your ingredients ready. Wash and drain cucumbers. Sterilise your jars.
  • Fill up the jars with the cucumbers and add garlic cloves, black peppercorns, fresh dill.
  • In a big pot, bring vinegar to a boil together with salt and sugar.
  • Boil for only 2-3 minutes, then add the dried thyme and coriander seeds.
  • Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Pour the liquid over the cucumbers to fill the jars. Ensure cucumbers are totally covered in brine.
  • Seal the jars and store them in a cool place for a few hours.
  • The flavors develop over time, so an overnight soak is great.11

Notes

  • White vinegar is the traditional vinegar for this recipe, however, apple cider or rice wine vinegar are also good.
  • The pickles will last at least a week in the fridge but get less crisp as time goes on.
  • You can recycle your brine for a couple of times, simply add more cucumbers.
     

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Quick Pickles or Refrigerated Pickles – Delicious Instant Pickles

Quick Pickles or Refrigerated Pickles – Delicious Instant Pickles – Quick pickles or refrigerator pickles are instant pickles. To quick pickle something all it takes is to soak the vegetables in a vinegar brine.

Quick pickles are made with vegetables pickled in a vinegar, water, and salt (and optionally sugar, too) solution and then stored in the refrigerator.

Letting refrigerator pickles sit longer helps their flavour develop more, so an overnight rest is ideal, but they’re also fine to eat right away!

When you make your first quick pickle, you will discover that sometimes there’s a delicious & crunchy pickled vegetable that really takes the dish to the next level.

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