Photo of pickles in jars

Refrigerator Pickles in a Snap

The pickle cucumbers are ripe and ready, and so it’s time to make some refrigerator pickles!

A Family Recipe

This is a recipe my aunt gave me. You really can’t ask for easier.

These pickles are not preserved by canning, they are to be kept in the fridge. The recipe says they will last up to nine months, but we will never know because they are gone long before then!

Got Cukes?

You can easily double or halve the recipe if you want to, but remember that the jars must be refrigerated.

Photo of cucumber slices packed into pint jars
cucumber slices packed into pint jars


Photo of pickle juice in saucepan
Stir to dissolve sugar.


Sophie's Refrigerator Pickles

This recipe is so easy, and so delicious!  Keep your jars in the fridge, as these are not heat processed.
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: side
Keyword: pickles
Servings: 16
Calories: 40kcal
Author: A. JoAnn


  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • ½ cup salt (table)
  • 1 ½ tsp celery seed
  • 1 ½ tsp turmeric
  • 3 yellow onions, sliced
  • 13-18 cucumber pickles, sliced
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


  • Pack onion slices into the bottom of clean jars.
  • Fill jars with cucumber slices, leaving about 1 1/2 inches on top for adding pickle juice.
  • Heat remaining ingredients over medium heat just until sugar dissolves completely.  Cool the solution.
  • Pour cooled pickle juice over cucumbers and put lids on jars.
  • Refrigerate at least 5 days before eating.  Turn the jars over once a day to disburse flavors!


Makes about 12 pint-size jars.  Lasts 9 months, refrigerated.


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