Sweet Refrigerator Pickle Recipe

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I grew up eating these pickles and now my kids love them as much as I do. They’re great on hamburgers or just as a side dish! Good luck not eating them right out of the container ;)

Sweet Refrigerator Pickle Recipe

Sweet Refrigerator Pickle Recipe


Sweet Pickle Ingredients

  • 7-10 cucumbers, washed
  • 1 C white vinegar
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 T salt
  • 2 Tcelery seed

1. Thinly slice the pickles. I use a mandolin, and a little helper. The helper is an added bonus.

Sweet Pickle Recipe

2. Add the ingredients to a large container and stir it up a little. When we made them this time, Jack said “Wow – these can’t be good for you–that’s a lot of sugar!”

Sweet Refrigerator Pickle Recipe

 3. That’s it. You’re done. Seriously. You’ll be tempted to add more liquid to them, but it’s not necessary–they make their own. Just stir them up a few times in the next few hours.

Sweet Pickles

The hardest part is the waiting. As the cucumbers sit, they’ll add more liquid to the container. Eventually they’ll get soft (the skins will stay crunchy!) and will wilt a little, making room for you to add more sliced cucumbers. I usually add more cucumbers about once a week to keep the container full. Your pickles will be ready to eat in a few hours, but will taste so much better after about 48 hours.

After about 2 months, add another round of ingredients to the container-that’ll keep them yummy for a while!

Sweet Refrigerator Pickle Recipe


  1. says

    I need a helper like Jack…send him my way! I love what kids say when they start cooking and seeing just how much sugar and such is in our food. It’s a better lesson than just telling them. I’ll be making these very soon.

  2. Melissa says

    We do refrigerator “pickles” too but not sweet. It’s just thinly sliced cucumbers and onions with white vinegar and water (2/1). I can’t keep them in the house.

    My grandmother used to make something with sour cream or something and it was delicious — unfortunately, I never was able to get the recipe :(

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Barbara Ranallo says

      Don’t know if this is your grandmothers recipe. . .Peel and slice 3 cucumbers. Diced one half onion. Dill weed, salt and pepper to taste, and about 3 tablespoons of sour cream. Mix all together and refrigerate for an hour.

  3. says

    These are so delicious! When I was a kid my parents had this huge garden and we would make pickles like this too and eat them all summer & fall.

  4. Ryan Stewart says

    I LOVE homemade pickles (used to make them all the time with my grandparents). Better believe I will be trying this out shortly. My True T-49 fridge is going to be stocked with so many goodies like this in the coming weeks! Great post, great memories.

    • Becca says

      I usually keep them for a few months. I have never had “bad” ones, though, so I’m not sure! My grandmother used to can them and keep them in the basement–I think they would keep longer that way!

  5. kimberley says

    Thank you so much for this simple recipe. I made a batch and it didn’t last a week. This will be my go to recipe from now on.

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