Refrigerator pickles are so easy to make and you can have a dish of them sitting in the refrigerator all season long, even if you make canned pickles.
If you don't live in an area that sells Walla Walla Sweet Onions, any sweet white onion will work. Walla Walla onions are grown on 500 acres of land in the small community of Walla Walla, Washington at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, and the onions are so important to the economy of the area, that unless the onions are grown there, they are not Walla Walla Onions. There's an annual festival celebrating this prized sweet, white onion and the season is very short. Actually this pickle brine is so good, just marinating the sweet onions in it for burgers is worth the effort.
Yield: A large bowl full
6-8 cups sliced, unpeeled cucumbers
1 cup sliced Walla Walla sweet onion (1 onion)
2 Tablespoon pickling spice
2 Tablespoon salt
1 cups white sugar (or sweetener of choice)
1 cup packed light brown sugar (or sweetener of choice)
3 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Wash, stem and slice. Do not peel the cucumbers. Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl, jar or crock. Cover with water and plastic wrap then in the fridge. The longer they marinate the tastier they will be. They will keep up to 3 months in the fridge.
Note: If you would rather not have the spices floating in the brine, use a tea diffuser or a spice bag to contain the spices, and remove before serving.
Tip: At times I have added yellow, red, orange sweet peppers and halved cherry tomatoes to this for added color and presentation. When the pickles are all gone, reserve the brine, to make pickled eggs (refer to the link below)
Serving Suggestion: Serve as a side with meat, serve on a relish and vegetable tray, or top a burger, or fill a dessert bowl and enjoy them as a snack.
Refer to the link to make pickled Garlic: justfowlingaround.weebly.com/appetizers/pickled-garlic
Refer to the link to make pickled Radishes:
Refer to the link to make pickled Eggs: justfowlingaround.weebly.com/recipes-for-self-reliance/lazy-gal-pickled-eggs
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