With so much wonderful fresh, local produce available at our market, it’s a great time to try your hand at making some Ice Cream Bucket Refrigerator Pickles. This is a recipe that’s been handed down that’s so easy to make and you’ll be eating great pickled vegetables within a day or two of making them.
First off, start with a clean ice cream pail (1 gallon size with lid) and fill with sliced cucumbers (pickle cucumbers that you’ll find at our market). Alternate the layers of cucumbers with sliced onions. (1 large onion per bucket). If you don’t have an ice cream bucket, then just about any larger sized container will do that you can put a lid on – larger glass jars, large bowls, etc.
The next step is making your brine – in a pot, mix…
4 cups vinegar
4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon tumeric
1.5 teaspoons celery seed
1/2 cup pickling salt (coarse salt)
1.5 teaspoons mustard seed
Heat the above brine solution but do not boil. Pour the heated brine solution over the cucumbers and onions. Let this sit on your countertop for about 2 hours and then put the lid on and put it in your refrigerator. If you find your vegetables are floating a bit too much, then just place a small plate on top of the mixture to weigh everything down.
By the next morning you can do a bit of sampling and within 3-4 days they’ll be great for eating/snacking/serving. They will keep in your refrigerator for up to 4-6 months. Other vegetables you can add in include cauliflower pieces, sliced bell and/or hot peppers, dill, pearl onions, garlic cloves – your imagination might be the limit.