Craving pickles, but short on time? This quick pickle recipe is for you! You can make flavorful homemade cucumber pickles in under 10 minutes – no need to wait days and days for them to ferment!
Wow it’s been ages since I posted a new recipe here. But don’t worry, that is about to be rectified. Don’t all start cheering at once, now.
In any event, I am really excited to share this quick pickled cucumber recipe with you guys. It’s just so quick and easy, and super kid friendly. I love knowing that my kids are getting their nutrients in a way they love. No fighting with kids to eat their veggies = win!
You know the drill. Before getting into the recipe, we need to answer some
Common Homemade Pickle Questions
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1. How long does it take to pickle something?
Typical cucumber pickles need at least a day to ferment, to allow the flavor to penetrate into the entire cucumber. However, this pickle recipe is much faster. Slicing the cucumbers thinly allows them to be pickled in under ten minutes.
2. Do homemade pickles need to be refrigerated?
Yes. Next question.
3. How long do homemade pickles last?
Well, in my house they are always gone within a few days, since we all love them. However, according to this article, homemade pickles can last in the fridge for around two months, and as long as there are no obvious signs of spoilage (mold, bubbling, mushiness, odor), they can be safely consumed.
4. What is the best vinegar for pickling?
My recipe calls for distilled white vinegar, and that seems to be the most common vinegar used in pickle recipes.
5. Do pickles get better with age?
Yes, in the short term. The cucumbers in this recipe will already have a nice, pickled flavor after a few minutes, but letting them sit in the fridge for a day or two will intensify the pickling. (Pickling. That’s a weird word. And that has nothing to do with anything, but it just struck me as I was writing this.)
Canned or store-bought pickles are already fully pickled, and their flavor will not improve or change with age.
And finally, the most important question of all:
How do you make quick homemade pickles?
Step One: prepare the brine
Boil 3 cups of water in an electric kettle. (Yes, use the electric kettle. It will make this quick pickle recipe even quicker.) (To see why I recommend an electric kettle, and what other kitchen items I think are essential, check out my post on kitchen tools that make life easier.)
Put the boiled water in a medium pot. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar, 6 cloves of garlic (roughly chopped), 2.5 tablespoons of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
Bring the pickle juice mixture to a boil, and then remove it from the heat.
Step Two: add the sliced cucumbers to the pickling juice
Slice six Kirby cucumbers into thin slices while the brine is coming to a boil. Once the brine has been boiled and then removed from the heat, add the cucumber slices to the pot.
Step Three: wait
These pickles are already flavorful and delicious after only 5-10 minutes of waiting (thus the title “quick pickle recipe.” Duh.) As noted above, waiting 24 hours will give a chance for the flavors to really intensify, but that is absolutely not necessary. Make a huge batch 10 minutes before dinner, eat ’em with your burgers or what-have-you, and save the rest in the fridge for a few days.
And there you have it! Quick homemade cucumber pickles. Would you have believed it would be so easy??
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- 3 cups water
- 6 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2.5 tbsp salt
- 1.2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 6 Kirby cucumbers
- Boil the water in an electric kettle.
- Place water and all other ingredients besides for cucumbers into a medium pot. Bring to a boil, then shut the flame.
- Slice the cucumbers into thin slices and add them to the pot.
- Wait 5 - 10 minutes to allow the cucumber slices to get pickled.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 39Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2917mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information was calculated by a third party calculator. Note that the sodium is including the full amount of salt in the pickling brine, which you will not be eating.