Super easy, Quick Bread and Butter Refrigerator Pickles are both sweet and tangy. Made with minimal ingredients, they’re the perfect summertime treat. Fantastic on burgers, with sandwiches or just as a snack.
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Let’s throw it back a couple years….um, decades? Shall we? I grew up in a REALLY old house….like really old, when we moved in we found a set of skeleton keys that actually worked on a lot of the doors. We had a big iron grate in the entry hallway floor that air would blast through when the heater kicked on and I’d spend, what seemed like hours, floating balloons over the hot air until it would shut off. There was a grape arbor behind the house that actually produced grapes…it also attracted Japanese beetles by the truckload and that’s probably why it vanished a few years later. And we had a super creepy basement (although my parents tried their best to convince me that it was NOT creepy)…..but a creepy basement is almost a pre-requisite in an old house, am I right?
The stairs leading to the basement (which I would absolutely NEVER go down) were lined with shelves filled with jars of homemade canned goods. Things like grape jelly (from that arbor I mentioned), beets, strawberry jelly, tomato sauce.…and….Bread and Butter Pickles. I remember the pickles were my favorite thing and if there was anything that could get me to open the basement door…it was the Bread and Butter Pickles.
I have a vague recollection of how they were made but over the years I’ve developed my own version and came up with this easy Quick Bread and Butter Refrigerator Pickles. So simple even my basement hating child-self could make them with minimal assistance. A simple brine…well, I’m not sure it’s technically a brine since I didn’t add any salt but let’s just call it that for simplicity sake. So….a simple brine is made by boiling a bit of apple cider vinegar, water, brown sugar and pickling spice, it takes minutes. While the brine cools….you slice.
To make my Quick Bread and Butter Refrigerator Pickles pretty I used the OXO Chef’s Mandoline Slicer 2.0. It’s pretty amazing because it create up to 21 different cuts with thickness settings in 0.5-mm intervals, straight and wavy blades, and built-in julienne and French fry blades. The indicator window shows each setting from above, so you can prep like a chef without needing professional knife skills….. or a knife at all. I set my slicer blade to a wavy setting and finished all my cucumbers in less than 2 minutes.
After I placed my soon to be pickle slices in the jars, I poured the (still hot) “brine” into the jars and then….lidded up! Stash them in the refrigerator for 1 hour or overnight and you have the most amazing homemade Quick Bread and Butter Refrigerator Pickles! They’re great on sandwiches, for topping burgers or just to pop in your mouth.
Your Quick Bread and Butter Refrigerator Pickles will be the hit of any party and make a great hostess gift, too. Serve them to your friends at barbecues alongside your favorite burger or add them to a light lunch of chicken salad with your girlfriends. Simply fantastic!
Easy Quick Bread and Butter Refrigerator Pickles
- 6 small English cucumbers
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon pickling spice
Using a mandolin, slice the cucumbers into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place the cucumbers in canning jars and set aside.
In a small saucepan, add the vinegar, water, brown sugar and pickling spice. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Pour the liquid into the jars filling approximately 3/4 full. Place the lid on the jars and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.
Serve as desired.
Pickles will last approximately 2 months in the refrigerator if you don't eat all of them first.