My kids love any kind of pickles. They will eat them anytime, anywhere, with anything. Refrigerator pickles are so easy to make from all of your extra garden cucumbers, green beans, or any veggie you like pickled…even cauliflower. And they are the perfect meal companion or snack.
Making refrigerator pickles is so easy and uses left over pickle juice!
You know how there’s always half a jar of bright green liquid when you fish out that very last pickle and it seems like such a waste? By washing, cutting and dropping cucumbers into the leftover juice of pickles and waiting a day or so, they will be ready eat and then keep for up to a week. I find giving your veggies a quick blanch in boiling water to kill off garden bacteria gives them a better taste (except for cucumbers, don’t do those.) before putting them in the left over pickle juice. A hard veggie like cauliflower you might consider boiling it until it softens a little, unless you like that hard crunch. We love all of those veggies at our house. I grow them every year and love that they trellis climb to maximize my garden space.
When we first tried this, we tried the green beans first. My kids actually ate them too! So of course after that, we just started dropping things in and waiting to see how they tasted just for the heck of it…Carrots..mmm, not bad. Plain cucumbers.. tasted like pickles (who knew?)… onions , and green tomatoes.. I liked the onions, they didn’t. Sliced pickles are such a great side dish for a light lunch!
Make sure they stay in the fridge the entire time, and if at any point they don’t seem right or smell off, when in doubt, toss it out! Here is a recipe from Martha Stewart if you want to make a pickle brine from scratch.
To Make Fried Green Tomatoes
Put on paper towel to blot off extra oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Eat! A large tomato will serve 2 people. I know you’re going to love them!
Many year ago, My mom and I went to Kentucky and we had a fried green tomato BLT. It was fantastic and such a nice twist on an old classic! So good! If you love pickled foods and want an easy dinner, check out this steak salad meal with this pickled beet recipe!