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Easy Refrigerator Pickles with Flowering Chives


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  • 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
  • 23 bay leaves


  1. 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.
  2. 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.