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Quick Confetti Pickles

No time to can? No problem. These refrigerator pickles are easy--and so colorful that you'll want to shingle them on buttered brown bread or put them in a glass bowl just to show them off. Standard radishes will do, but slender, carrotlike icicle radishes from the farmers' market are easier to slice.

Oxmoor House APRIL 2013

  • Yield: Makes: 2 (1-pt.) jars for the fridge
  • Hands-on:30 Minutes


  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 medium-size yellow squash
  • 4 tablespoons canning-and-pickling salt, divided
  • 1 long, slender medium carrot
  • 2 pink, purple, or red icicle radishes or 10 standard-size radishes
  • 4 dill sprigs
  • 1 cup cider vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dill seeds


1. Wash vegetables. Score cucumber and squash lengthwise with a fork, leaving furrows in the peel on all sides. (This makes scalloped edges when vegetables are sliced.) Trim stem and blossom ends of cucumber and squash; cut into 1/8-inch slices. Place in a colander in sink; sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. salt, and toss gently. Let drain 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, peel carrot, and cut carrot and radishes into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Toss together with drained cucumber and squash.

3. Place 2 dill sprigs in each of 2 clean (1-pt.) jars or nonreactive containers with lids. Pack vegetables in jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.

4. Bring vinegar, next 3 ingredients, remaining 2 Tbsp. salt, and 2 cups water to a boil in a 1 1/2-qt. stainless steel saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar and salt dissolve. Pour hot vinegar mixture over vegetables to cover. Apply lids. Chill 24 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.


Total time: 1 hour, plus 1 day standing time


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