These pickles are addictive, gorgeous and ridiculously easy to put together in minutes. Use whatever spices you already have on hand, a vinegar with 5% acidity and, in addition to cucumbers and red onion, any raw fresh vegetables you want. I added in the tips of some flowering chives I bought in Chinatown a week ago—besides looking lovely in the brine, they also tasted amazing and provided a contrasting spicy bite that complimented the other pickled components perfectly.
EASY REFRIGERATOR PICKLES WITH FLOWERING CHIVES
Yield 2 small jars
- 3 cups of cucumber, thinly sliced on a mandoline
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 6 gloves garlic, halved and smashed
- several springs of fresh dill
- several springs of flowering chives
- 3 cups pickling vinegar (5% acidity)
- 1 cup water (optional, if you want a milder-tasting pickle)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp coarse sea salt
- 1 tsp black mustard seed
optional spices to add
- 1 tsp celery seed
- 1 tsp red chili flakes
- 1 tsp caraway seed
- 1 tsp cumin seed
- 2-3 bay leaves
- Pack the cucumber, onion, garlic, dill and chives nicely into 2-3 Ball jars. Combine the rest of the ingredients together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute, uncovered.
- Pour the hot vinegar mixture into each of the jars and place the lid on immediately, then place in the refrigerator to marinate for 1-2 days without opening the lids. Use within two weeks.