How to quick pickle some more: Overnight Refrigerator Pickles

Posted By One Hungry Mama On July 23, 2013 @ 10:26 am In 10+ mos,12+ mos,24+ mos,appetizers,dairy free,entertaining,fast & easy,finger foods,food & learning,gluten free,how to's,lunch,salads,sides,snacks,vegetables,vegetarian,videos | No Comments

Last week I carried on about my ever-growing fondness of quick pickles with a quick tutorial on how-to quick pickle [1] garnishes like quick-pickled grapes [1] and lime pickled red onions [1]. Today’s quick pickles are just as quick to prep—you need 10 minutes to make these overnight refrigerator pickles happen—but they sit overnight instead of an hour. It’s a longer soak, but totally unattended and you end up with something so much more than a garnish. These are summer snack heaven, perfect for a cooling afternoon treat, picnic in the park or backyard BBQ.

These can be made with other summer produce like carrots and peppers and are a perfect way to get kids in the kitchen. Little ones can easily help make these and, while they do, they get to touch, smell and feel gorgeous in-season produce. And with no pressure to eat it (unless, of course, they want to snack while they prep)! Instead, they get to wait overnight and see how a simple combination of vinegar, water, salt and sugar completely changes the way the veggies taste and feel. It’s like a science experiment. A healthy, delicious one.

And, who knows, if you get them hooked on pickling, maybe they’ll start canning for you when they get older. That’s what I’m going for!

Take a peek to see how easy it is to make overnight refrigerator pickles, no recipe required. Watch and you’ll see why. Then give a shout and let me know what herbs and spices you and kiddo use—or plan to use—to season your quick pickles.

*Note: Quick pickles are a safe and healthy treat for beginner finger food eaters and a great way to excite your little one’s palate. Just be sure to share age-appropriate bite sizes, especially if serving firm veggies like carrots. They also make a great snack for your older one’s lunchbox!

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