My husband loved these pickles. It was the only way I could get him to eat cucumbers so I made them often. It’s a quick and easy thing to do. The longest part of the process is peeling the cucumbers so feel free if the peels don’t bother you to leave them on. And it’s so variable – by simply changing the type of vinegar and herbs/spices used, the taste changes completely. I’ll give you some variations at the end of the basic recipe.
In a 3-cup bowl combine:
1/2 to 1 cup water, depending on how strong you want the pickle
1 cup vinegar (I use a blend of white and rice – a strong and a mild vinegar)
2 teaspoons date sugar
1/4 teaspoon alum (keeps the cucumbers crunchy)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
6 mini cucumbers, sliced
That’s the basic recipe and they are very good just this way. I like to change it up though so think about adding the following, remembering that spices are always better once they’re a little roasted.
1/2 teaspoon of: mustard seed, cumin seed, celery seed, coriander seed or just one of these
2 bay leaves
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced or several scallions, sliced
1 tablespoon of: fresh dill weed or 1 teaspoon of dried dill weed
1 tablespoon of: fresh tarragon or fresh rosemary or fresh thyme or fresh basil or parsley
Using all white vinegar makes for a very pungent pickle where you may want to increase the date sugar or even use a couple of tablespoons of honey or agave nectar
Using all rice vinegar will make a very mild pickle where the date sugar can be totally eliminated
As I said at the top, changing the vinegar, and there are plenty of them out there these days, will totally change the taste of these pickles so use the vinegars your family likes best
3 thoughts on “Easy Summer Pickles”
This is great- I have rice vinegar I didn’t know what to do with. Do you mind if I ask where you get date sugar?
I like pickles, but can’t eat the store kind due to ingredients, so can’t wait to try these. Bookmarked them. Thank you!
I order my date sugar on-line usually from Amazon but Whole Foods also sometimes has it. You could also use a little agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup depending on your taste. Rice vinegar is very mild so don’t add much water.
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