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Spicy Refrigerator Pickles with Radishes

My kitchen is a bit of a disaster right now. I’ve been busy developing recipes for BettyCrocker and Pillsbury, as well as keeping up with blogging everyday at We are also in the process of buying a new home. So I’ve been busy with all the details, and packing up all our things little by little. We’re buying a house in the same area where we live now, so thankfully there isn’t a huge move involved. We should be moved in the next few months.

Since it’s been so hectic here, I’ve been making lots of easy old favorites like these refrigerator pickles. These are one of my favorite snacks. I always have some on hand during the summer months. They make the best snacks in the afternoon. I’ve made refrigerator pickles so many ways. This is one of my favorite ways because it has lots of spiciness from added radishes.

I make these pickles in a large Tupperware container, but you can put them in little jars if you like. I add lots of fresh cucumbers, radishes, Vidalia onions and fresh dill. I like our pickles with straight vinegar, but many people will halve their vinegar with water. For a touch of sweetness, I add some agave. You could also use honey. Make sure to use a sweetener that can dissolve in room temperature liquid.

The radishes turn the vinegar a beautiful pink hue. After we eat out all the veggies, I’ll add more cucumbers, radishes, onions, and sometimes a good beefsteak tomato. I keep my vinegar for several weeks and just re-use it over and over.


Spicy Refrigerator Pickles with Radishes


2 English cucumbers, sliced thin
6 - 8 radishes, sliced thin
1/2 Vidalia onion, sliced thin
3 - 4 cups white vinegar, or enough to cover (you can do half water and half vinegar too)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
a large bunch of fresh dill
1 - 2 tablespoons Agave or Honey


Combine all ingredients in a large Tupperware container or in individual jars. Refrigerate for at least 2 - 3 hours.

Refrigerator pickles will last at least 5 days.

These pickles have been in my fridge for 3 days.

6 Responses to “Spicy Refrigerator Pickles with Radishes”

  1. Jersey Girl Cooks — April 20, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    I have a bunch of cucumbers in the fridge and now I know what to do with them.

  2. Paula - bell'alimento — April 20, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    I love making refrigerator pickles. Will have to try your spicy version : )

  3. Miriam — April 21, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    First off I would like to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Kudos!

  4. Mom Foodie — April 21, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    I pickle peppers all the time, but have never done radishes. I like Japanese pickled radishes, now I’m thinking of some other great uses…

  5. Belinda @zomppa — April 22, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    That’s a lot of changes – exciting changes!! This jar can keep one happy and sane throughout it all.

  6. Monet — April 24, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    I know the feeling! So many changes, and so much going on. But these pickles look so delicious. I’m glad I finally had a chance to visit. I’ve been just swamped with work and school. But as always, your post brought a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing!

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