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Minnesota Cooking: Brining Secrets - Sweet Pickles from Cucumbers

Updated on September 6, 2016

Pickles with Brine on them, ready to eat

These are brined and ready to eat.
These are brined and ready to eat. | Source

Refrigerator Pickles

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These pickles are easy to make.

When I make them, I use cucumbers from the garden. Usually the weather is very hot when I pick them and that makes the cucumbers very bitter. You must cool them down by soaking them in a bucket of cold water for at least 10 hours.

After they are cool, you must peel them. Discard the peels. If you have a cucumber that has fully developed seeds, try to discard those cucumbers. They are probably too big. If you decide to use those cucumbers anyway, please remove the seeds and only use the firm cucumber flesh.

Once you have your cucumbers sliced and in a bowl, you must add two tablespoons of canning salt and let them sit for a few hours until the excess water and fluid is exuded from the cucumbers. You will not keep this fluid but will in fact, drain it away.

The cucumbers are covered with a brine mix. It is easy to remember. 2 2 2. Two cups of sugar, two cups of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of canning salt.

This is mixed together and poured over the sliced cucumbers in the bowl. I like to add a tablespooon of mustard seed and several sweet peppers and sliced onions.

Cut Off

Cut off end and discard
Cut off end and discard | Source

Peel the cucumbers using potato peeler

peel green layer from cucumber and discard green layer
peel green layer from cucumber and discard green layer | Source

Peel the cucumbers and discard peels

using a peeler for peeling carrots, peel the green skin from the cucmbers
using a peeler for peeling carrots, peel the green skin from the cucmbers | Source

Thinly slice cucumbers

slice thinly and place in large bowl
slice thinly and place in large bowl | Source

Salt cucumber slices and let wilt, then drain

let salted cucumbers sit for a few hours and drain resulting fluid from them
let salted cucumbers sit for a few hours and drain resulting fluid from them | Source

Brine Preparation

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves at least one person.

Brine

  1. Mix vinegar, sugar, salt and mustard seed together. It takes a few minutes for the sugar to dissolve.
  2. Pour over cucumbers, peppers and onion slices

Brine

  • 7 - 10 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups sugar, white
  • 2 tablespoons canning salt, kosher
  • 2 cups vinegar, white
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard seed
  • 2 onions, sliced thin
  • 2 peppers, sliced thin

Cover with brine

Cover with brine and let absorb brine for a few hours or a few days
Cover with brine and let absorb brine for a few hours or a few days | Source

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Homemade Refrigerator Pickles or Store Bought?

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 + people
Calories 33
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Sugar 6 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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