I have a love affair with pickles. Mostly dill, but sometimes I'll wander into the sweeter ones. Lately one thing has been deterring me from my pickle affair, additives. Truthfully what sticks out to me is the food coloring. Why in the world do I need my already green pickles to be colored with Yellow #5 and Blue #2? The answer, I don't! Yes, there are a few brands that offer pickles without unnecessary additives, but truthfully, they are expensive and I forget to check the refrigerated section for them.
Low and behold the One Hour Refrigerator Pickle!
Lets get started! You will need:
1 large washed cucumber, unpeeled
1c distilled white vinegar
1/2 c water
1 3/4 t salt
1/2 t dill (I used dried)
1/2 t Garlic (I used dried)
1/4 t red pepper flakes (optional)
1 large glass jar (pint is best)
Slice your cucumber as thin as you would like your pickles. The thicker the slice, the longer it will take to pickle. I like thick, crunchy pickles, so my slices were rather thick. Throw those slices in your clean, dry glass jar.
Place vinegar, water, salt, dill, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a small sauce pan and boil. (You can play around with different spices if you would like, bread pickles might be fun)
After the brine (what you just made over the stove) begins a good boil, poor the boiling mixture into the jar over the pickles.(please be careful!) Cover the jar with a lid and place in the refrigerator for one hour. Take out the pickles and give them a good shake.
That's it! If you sliced your pickles thin, they will be finished! If you did yours a little bit thicker, or in spears, they might need to finish overnight. These pickles will last about 10 days in the refrigerator or one Heart of Dixie episode ;) This took me about 10 minutes and $.75 for a whole jar, so I'm calling that a win. And guess what, theses babies are plenty green for me :)