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Spicy Garlic Cucumber Refrigerator Pickles

July 8, 2018

Spicy Garlic Cucumber Refrigerator Pickles are zesty, garlicky, spicy and perfect on top of any sandwich or as a side to any Asian inspired meal.

Spicy Garlic Cucumber Refrigerator Pickles are going to be your go to easy peasy pickle this summer. Fabulous in sandwiches, in pasta salads and rock as a side dish for any Asian inspired meal. Head on over to check out the full recipe. #pickles #cucumbers #asian #vegetables #pickling #recipe #vegan #glutenfree / https://www.hwcmagazine.com

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You are just going to love these Spicy Garlic Cucumber Refrigerator Pickles is the perfect bite with sour, spicy, aromatic and slightly sweet notes that are completely addictive. I dare you to stop at just one!

We love eating these Spicy Garlic Cucumber Refrigerator Pickles right out of the jar but these little delicious refrigerator pickle bites take sandwiches and Asian fusion tacos over the top. Served along side our Peking Glazed Beer Butt Chicken or  BBQ Oolong Tea Smoked Chicken  these pickles are the best.

We are loving the farmer’s markets right now with so much fresh produce. Maybe you have a garden and have a surplus of harvest. Sometimes though we get carried away and get so much fresh vegetables that we will never be able to consume it all while it is perfectly fresh. That is where the concept of super easy refrigerator pickles comes in as the perfect solution. You can essentially quick pickle any vegetable your heart desires.

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We were loving the Spicy Garlic Cucumber Refrigerator Pickles so much that we went on to create two more posts for a Gingered Red Onion Pickled Golden Beet and a Lemon Diakon Radish Refrigerator Pickle. Stay tuned as this week. You are going to enjoy three fun refrigerator pickle recipes! All 3 recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. We used stevia to keep the recipes low carb and diabetic friendly.

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We know that many recipes require you to boil the pickling spices before you make them but that just heats up your house and totally not needed. Pouring hot pickling juice on these fresh vegetables just makes them wilt and go soft. However, with our quick and easy method of just mix and pour (no heating required), the vegetables stay crunchy and delicious with loads of flavor.

Refrigerator pickles really need at bear minimum 3 ingredients; vegetables of choice, vinegar of choice and salt. Anything else is just for added flavor. Refrigerator pickles will last between 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator. Well, we guess as they have never lasted longer than 24 hours. LOL

The hardest part is just waiting at least 6 hours or overnight for the flavors to mingle. We enjoy tossing a few Spicy Garlic Cucumber Refrigerator Pickles in coleslaws, sandwiches, Vietnamese bao’s and as a side to all our favorite Asian dishes. You might even see us foraging for these delicious pickles as a mid-night snack.

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You know what I find amazing as no matter how big a jar you make of these they never seem to last a month.

The most important health directive when making refrigerator pickles is making sure that you wash your jars with lids with super-hot and soapy water and rinse well and then let air dry. Glass jars are the best. We used these reseal able ones from France as they are so easy to use. There is no need to boil and sterilize your jars, but if you wish to, knock yourself out.

Spicy Garlic Cucumber Refrigerator Pickles are made with white vinegar, cucumbers, dried Chinese chili peppers, whole black peppercorns, fresh garlic, salt and just a pinch of stevia. It is important to make sure that your vegetables are completely submersed under the liquid. You really can add any herbs or spices you wish but we love this combination.

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Spicy Garlic Cucumber Refrigerator Pickles

By HWC Magazine  , ,   

July 8, 2018

Spicy Garlic Cucumber Refrigerator Pickles are zesty, garlicky, spicy and perfect on top of any sandwich or as a side to any Asian inspired meal.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients

Glass jar – 350 - 450 ml container with lid

Cucumbers – 4 medium (about 1 and ½ cups) Cut into ¼ inch slices. Like sliced a little thicker so they are crunchy. Depending on the size of your container, pack in as many that will fit leaving about an inch from the top to allow room for vinegar and spices. If you like your pickles thin, use a mandolin to slice- just be careful of your fingers.

Black peppercorns – 1 tablespoon

Garlic – fresh 4 whole peeled

Dried chili pepper – 1 Chinese Chili pepper sliced – can also use a teaspoon of dried chili pepper flakes or fresh chilis. (adjust the amount of chili to your desired heat level)

Vinegar – white enough to cover the cucumbers in the jar about ¾ cup (400 ml container) – it depends on how many cucumber slices you have packed into your jar.

Salt – 1 teaspoon use kosher salt or pickling salt – not table salt (kosher salt without any additives or pickling salt lacks the iodine and anti-caking additives that turn pickles dark and the pickling liquid cloudy. Pickles made with table salt are still delicious, but your pickles will not stay bright green and your liquid may turn cloudy)

Stevia – ½ teaspoon or to taste

Directions

1Wash your glass container with hot soapy water and rinse well. Let air dry. Wash your hands to prevent cross contamination

2Pack sliced cucumbers, black peppercorns, garlic and dried chili peppers into clean glass jars .

3Mix vinegar, salt and stevia together well and pour over cucumbers and spices in the glass jars. Cover and store in refrigerator.

4Let sit for at least 6 hours, if you can wait that long and enjoy up to one month.

5Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1
Calories29
Sodium78 mg
Protein1.1 grams
Total Fat0.2 grams
Saturated Fat0.1 grams
Total Carbohydrates6.2 grams
Dietary Fiber0.8 grams
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