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Grandma's No Cook Refrigerator Pickles. Sweet and tangy with a delightful celery accent. Not like any pickle you have eaten. And, of course, no need to turn your kitchen into a sweat room.

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Just like Grandma made. Grandma's No Cook Refrigerator Pickles. Sweet and tangy.

Easy No Cook Refrigerator Pickles

Making these icebox pickles is easy, but you have to wait a few days to eat them.

One day when I stopped by my neighbor Diane Bayer's house, she was in the middle of making No Cook Refrigerator Pickles, a recipe she got from an older woman in her church. A few days later (after they aged) I tried them. Wow! De-LISH-ous! They are sweeter than a bread and butter pickle and tangier than sweet pickles, with a flavor all their own.

Diane gave me the recipe and I went home and made some. And I've been making them ever since. homemade pickles are so much better than canned pickles!

Take a look at the no-cook refrigerator pickle recipe video

Watch the WHSV TV3 video of me telling Bob Corso on the 1-on-1 Program how to make these pickles.

Reuse & recycle the pickle juice

The recipe isSO EASYand the pickles keep indefinitely in the fridge. Not only that, but when you finish all the pickles, you can use the juice again to make another batch. Wowie!

Use other veggies too

The last time I made these pickles, I made some with green beans, too. You make them exactly the same, except you have to blanch the beans before you put them in the jar. Try it! Quick pickles will become household favorites 🙂

Other veggies you can pickle this way:

  • carrots
  • parsnips
  • cauliflower
  • peppers
  • beets
  • etc.

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Pickled Green Beans

Ingredients for easy no-cook refrigerator pickles

This recipe only calls for 6 ingredients and can easily be multiplied if you have an abundance of cucumbers, or your family just loves pickles with every meal 😉

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  1. cucumbers
  2. onion (I used a yellow onion, but you can use red onion and even sweet onion: whatever you have on hand)
  3. white vinegar (apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar can work too, but I like the white vinegar)
  4. granulated sugar
  5. iodized salt
  6. celery seeds

This recipe is very basic, and it works well that way. But, if you want to play with your spices, here are some ideas. And feel free to experiment with other spices and herbs you love (or grow in your garden).

  • add a few pepper flakes or garlic cloves for spicier pickles
  • mustard seeds
  • bay leaves
  • black peppercorns
  • fresh dill sprigs (dry works too, but fresh looks much better in your jar)

Tools you need to make these fridge pickles

  • a knife (or one of these mandoline slicers if you want your pickles sliced up faster and more uniform)
  • cutting board
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • a large jar to store your pickles
  • a funnel would also be helpful.
  • but what you really want is a good dish to serve them. Am I right?

How to make icebox pickles

Simple, simple, simple. Just 6 ingredients.

  1. Slice the cucumbers and onions.
  2. Put them in a large glass container with a plastic lid (like these).
  3. Mix the vinegar dressing and pour it over the veggies.
  4. Refrigerate for three or more days, turning the jar over every once in a while.

Don is delighted. His mom used to make pickles like these, and he loves them. You will need some covered half-gallon jars or something to make and store them in.

What to serve these pickles with?

Now that you made pickles, how can you use them? what other foods can you pair them with?

Well, U love them as a low-calorie snack, so maybe give that a try. But they also go well with:

  • soups
  • burgers
  • potato salad
  • wraps
  • sandwiches

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Grandma's No Cook Refrigerator Pickle Recipe

Lois Carter Crawford

No Cook Refrigerator Pickles, just like Grandma used to make. They keep indefinitely in the refrigerator. Tangy and sweet.

4.20 from 47 votes

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Prep Time 20 minutes mins

Cook Time 0 minutes mins

Refrigerator Resting Time 3 days d

Total Time 3 days d 20 minutes mins

Course Appetizer, Side Dish

Cuisine American

Servings 24

Calories 141 kcal



  • 8 cups medium-sliced cucumbers about 4 large
  • 1 medium yellow onion (or use red onions for more color) sliced in half rings
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 4 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons celery seed


  • Combine the cucumber slices and the onion slices in a half-gallon jar or container with a leak-proof cover.

  • In a bowl, mix the vinegar, salt, sugar and celery seed until the sugar dissolves.

  • Let the vinegar mixture stand about a half hour.

  • Pour this mixture over the pickles and onion slices.

  • Tightly cover the jar or container and refrigerate. Turn the jar over periodically (once or twice a day) to mix the ingredients,and let age for 3 days or a week to enhance flavor.


Note 1: The longer you keep these pickles, the better they get! Nutrition is based on one-third cup per serving.

Note 2: You can re-use the juice to make another batch (or sometimes 2) of pickles so don't throw the brine out.

Note 3: If you heat the vinegar (stirring constantly), sugar and salt mixture on top of the stove for about 5 minutes, the sugar will dissolve quicker and more thoroughly. Be sure to let it cool before pouring it over the cucumbers.

Note 4: Your cucumbers will reduce in size after about a day. Add another sliced cucumber to the jar to fill it up.


Serving: 1/3 cupCalories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 1182mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 32IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.4mg

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Grandma's No Cook Refrigerator Pickles. Awesomely easy.

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Lois Carter Crawford is an author, home chef, health advocate, and food coach who fought her way back from several debilitating health issues, including a moderate heart attack! She discovered that inflammation caused by the food she ate was the underlying cause of most of her health problems and developed a method and tools to help others research their food sensitivities.

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