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Great Sour Pickle Recipes

Updated on February 5, 2017

Do you love sour pickles?

The more sour the better as far as I'm concerned when it comes to pickles. I also love to make my own but sometimes I don't want to go through the hassle of canning so instead I make refrigerator pickles. This is especially good when you only have a few cucumbers or other veggies you want to pickle.

Refrigerator Pickles

The easiest way to make homemade pickles is to make refrigerator pickles. These are pickles that must be stored in the refrigerator after preparing and eaten relatively quickly (they keep for about 2 months).

To make refrigerator pickles you need all the ingredients for normal pickles, a container, a pot to boil the brine in, and that's it. I recommend making small batches of one or two jars at a time. For refrigerator pickles since you aren't trying to get a totally sealed container you don't have to use a canning jar, you can recycle a pickle jar (wash it very well first) or even use plastic storage dishes like Tupperware, only requirement is it must be heat safe and have a secure lid.

Step 1: Pack your container with whole or sliced pickling cucumbers and any garlic, peppers, dill, etc. in the recipe.

Step 2: Bring the brine ingredients to a boil on the stove.

Step 3: Pour brine over into the container over the veggies. Fill almost to the top.

Step 4: Place lid on top and allow to cool.

Step 5: Place in fridge and wait. Pickles will be ready in 4-7 days depending on how strong you like your pickles.

Exotic Pickle Recipes

Most of the pickles on this lens are European or American in origin and use cucumbers. Here are recipes either from other areas of the globe, using other vegetables, or both.

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    • paulahite profile image

      Paula Hite 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Sour pickles are so yummy! I shared your lens on our G+ page today.

    • kristalulabelle profile image


      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      I love these easy recipes! One of my goals for 2013 is to learn to pickle and I think this sounds like a great starting off point! Thanks for the recipes!

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      6 years ago

      I love both sweet and sour pickles japanese sweet pickles are delica...turkish sour pickles also unbelievable tastes...

    • ResearchAddict profile image


      7 years ago

      Great information. I hope to try some of these out.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      7 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Looks wonderful! Have never made my own pickles; my grandmother already held that task.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love pickles! Yum. Sour is good.

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      7 years ago

      Sour pickles, Hmmm. Sound and look like something I want to try, although the health benefits are already great. Please visit my lenses. Thank you for this lens, Dr. James Dazouloute

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Please add your lens on the Not Zazzle Lens plexo on

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Yummy! Love pickles. Blessed!

    • TheFoodDigest profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm sending this lens to my daughter. She's a sour pickle freak. Nice job.

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      7 years ago

      yup, I love sour pickles!

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      7 years ago

      I like pickles as a side dish.

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens! As a sour pickle lover I am pleased to see it represented here :).

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      bames24 lm 

      8 years ago

      informative lens... thanks :)

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      8 years ago

      Homemade canning can also be a fun exercise and canning beans picked fresh from your own garden can be even more exciting. Explore the various online homemade canning processes and find more detailed info on canning beans.

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      8 years ago

      OMG! I seriously am a pickle nut -- love pickles of all kinds, sour pickles too!

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      8 years ago

      Yummy! A great collection of recipes and ideas.

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      Eliza Rayner 

      8 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      yum1 my husband has just started making sour pickles, they are delicious.

    • eclecticeducati1 profile image


      8 years ago

      Sounds really yummy! Blessed by an Angel.

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      8 years ago

      My great aunt used to make the most amazing homemade pickles and bring them to every family gathering; thank you for reminfing me of those with this lens; i think i need to try making pickles

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      9 years ago from New York

      Mmm... pickles! I'm a half-sour fan myself (hope that's not heresy). My grandmother and my great-grandmother used to make their own pickles. This looks much easier!

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      9 years ago

      Thank you so much for making me feel like this an hour before lunch break!

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      lasertek lm 

      9 years ago

      I love sour pickles! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful lens.

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      Mickie Gee 

      9 years ago

      I emailed this lens to my daughter who wants to learn how to make pickles!

      Blessed today by this mothering Squid Angel.

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      9 years ago

      To answer your question, yes, I love sour pickles. That is why I dropped by your lens. I wanted to see what juicy pickle facts I can find on here and see if you got tips for great pickle fans like me and ta-daahh.. I found your refrigerator pickles recipe! :-) Thanks! Great lens!

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      9 years ago

      Although I've never pickled anything I've eat my share. Love pickled radishes.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I used to make pickles now I make lenses.

      Your lens is well done & blessed.

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      10 years ago

      My first attempt at pickle making was disastrous! Nobody told me that the dill pickles couldn't be eaten right away. I was young and not-so-bright in the canning department.

      Great lens! I'm lensrolling it.

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      10 years ago

      I love pickles, I really should try making Refrigerator Pickles so I can learn to make my own.nook

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      10 years ago

      I love pickles, especially pickled garlic. Great lens, thanks

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      10 years ago

      Going to give this a try after my next visit to the farmers market. Good job!

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      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      They look really good... I could go for a homemade one. Great lens!

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      10 years ago

      I love sour pickles, Thanks for the recipes, I have to try making my own pickles soon.

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      The Homeopath 

      10 years ago

      I adore pickles. Sweet pickles, sour pickles - I'll take them all please!


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