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Refrigerator Pickles

Refrigerator pickles are incredibly simple – no sterilizing jars required. Try green beans, cauliflower, bell peppers, jalapeños or onions, too!
Refrigerator pickles are incredibly simple - no sterilizing jars required. Try green beans, cauliflower, bell peppers, jalapenos or onions, too! Fantastic gifts and they're all great in Bloody Mary's!

This is the most fun I’ve had blogging in a long, long time.

Each year, the National Restaurant Association gets in the kitchen to explore the top menu trends for the coming year. For its annual What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation – to find which foods, beverages and culinary themes will be hot on restaurant menus in 2016.

And they’re letting me share those juicy details! Without further adieu, here are the top 20 food trends for 2016:

  1. Locally sourced meats and seafood
  2. Chef-driven fast-casual concepts
  3. Locally grown produce
  4. Hyper-local sourcing
  5. Natural ingredients/minimally processed food
  6. Environmental sustainability
  7. Healthful kids’ meals
  8. New cuts of meat
  9. Sustainable seafood
  10. House-made/artisan ice cream
  11. Ethnic condiments/spices
  12. Authentic ethnic cuisine
  13. Farm/estate branded items
  14. Artisan butchery
  15. Ancient grains
  16. Ethnic-inspired breakfast items
  17. Fresh/house-made sausage
  18. House-made/artisan pickles
  19. Food waste reduction/management
  20. Street food/food trucks

You knew there had to be a tie-in to my homemade pickles.

I’d already been planning on sharing my refrigerator pickles on the blog when I had the good fortune to read their predictions. I’d clearly put it off long enough, however, since house-made/artisan pickles will be trending next year. I think it’s a great idea (and here’s hoping we see more Bloody Mary bars to go along with them)!

Refrigerator pickles are incredibly simple - no sterilizing jars required! Try green beans, cauliflower, bell peppers, jalapenos or onions, too! Fantastic gifts and they're all great in Bloody Mary's!

I didn’t just make refrigerator pickles, either. I also pickled green beans, red bell peppers, red onions, carrots and jalapeños. Cauliflower is next on my list! I combined some of those, too; both green beans and carrots were spiced up with jalapeños, mixed the bell peppers and onions and tossed some crushed garlic cloves into a few jars.

Christmas gifts for neighbors, teachers and a few Bloody Mary-loving friends is now complete.

Refrigerator pickles are incredibly simple - no sterilizing jars required! Try green beans, cauliflower, bell peppers, jalapenos or onions, too! Fantastic gifts and they're all great in Bloody Mary's!

Whenever I make refrigerator pickles, they always go fast. Always. My 11-year-old is a serious pickle lover so I make them often for her. They’re so much better than what you can buy at the store. I can’t wait to see if my local favorite restaurants put some on their menu! My bet is Mokomandy will for sure. I’m heading there for dinner and a couple of their fantastic hand-crafted cocktails tonight so I’m going to slide in a customer suggestion :)

Refrigerator pickles are incredibly simple - no sterilizing jars required! Try green beans, cauliflower, bell peppers, jalapenos or onions, too! Fantastic gifts and they're all great in Bloody Mary's!

These refrigerator pickles are so, so simple. The hardest part – for me, anyway – is anticipating just how much brine I’ll need for the amount of vegetables I’m pickling. So much depends on what you’re pickling, the way you cut it and how tightly you pack each jar. I inevitably have to make a few more batches of brine since I’m clearly not good at gauging this in advance. But it’s so quick to make another batch that I don’t really mind. And there are those rare times when I actually get it right the first time around!
Refrigerator pickles are incredibly simple - no sterilizing jars required! Try green beans, cauliflower, bell peppers, jalapenos or onions, too! Fantastic gifts and they're all great in Bloody Mary's!I like a simple brine made with just six ingredients. Occasionally I’ll use fresh dill weed but most of the time I prefer mustard seeds and black peppercorns. I skip those for the jalapeños as I prefer straight jalapeño flavor (and I cut the sugar to about half). But you can play around with it and make it however you like it most.

I would love to hear which food trends you’re most excited about! I have one more recipe coming off the list – this one for homemade Andouille sausage so don’t miss it!

Refrigerator pickles are incredibly simple - no sterilizing jars required! Try green beans, cauliflower, bell peppers, jalapenos or onions, too! Fantastic gifts and they're all great in Bloody Mary's!

Refrigerator pickles are incredibly simple - no sterilizing jars required! Try green beans, cauliflower, bell peppers, jalapenos or onions, too! Fantastic gifts and they're all great in Bloody Mary's!

Refrigerator Pickles #WhatsHotNow

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Ingredients

  • Assorted vegetables, such as cucumbers, bell peppers, red onions, carrots, cauliflower or green beans
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 bay leaf, I reuse this if I end up needing more

Instructions

  1. Clean, trim and cut vegetables as desired. Pack firmly into mason jars. Set aside.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring frequently. Pour over vegetables in jars all the way to the top. Allow to come to room temperature, then seal and place in refrigerator.
  3. Pickles will be ready after a few days and at their best after about a week. They can be stored in the refrigerator for about a month.
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Julie Buter

Saturday 22nd of August 2020

These pickles have way to much vinegar! I tried making them twice thinking I did something wrong the first time.

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Hi Julie, the vinegar is necessary in order to pickle. I think they're delicious but sorry they didn't work out for you.

Rhianon

Wednesday 7th of September 2016

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I love how easy it is to make pickles at home! And it's nice you can make them without having to go through the whole canning process.

Kristy Bernardo

Saturday 17th of September 2016

Thanks, Rhianon!

Kelli

Thursday 14th of July 2016

These sound yummy! I've never made pickles before so I am excited to try this out! Do you do something special to seal the mason jar? Or do you just screw it shut? Thanks! I plan on making a lot of Christmas gifts this year & I think I might have to add this to my list after you mentioned Christmas!

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 18th of July 2016

I just screw it shut as these are just a refrigerated version and not actually canned and sealed. Hope you enjoy them! :)

Amy at Very Culinary

Tuesday 24th of November 2015

We are a pickle family! I've never made them before, but now I'm going to. These pictures are gorgeous - taste the rainbow!

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 25th of November 2015

Thanks Amy!

Lisa

Saturday 21st of November 2015

Thanks so much for this inspiring recipe! I can't wait to make these for my family. We're all big pickle fans and these are gorgeous!

Kristy Bernardo

Sunday 22nd of November 2015

Yay! Thanks so much, Lisa :)

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