Saturday, September 20, 2008

Matt's Mom's Freezer Pickles

Matt's Mom sent us a recipe for freezer pickles to help us use up all the cucumber we've gotten from our CSA (I still had 5 huge ones in the fridge). The nice thing about freezer pickles is Matt will be able to have homemade pickles as a snack long after the cucumbers are out of season. He's been known to eat a jar of my refrigerator pickles in one sitting.
Freezer pickles
This recipe makes a garlic dill pickle which is something Matt had been asking for as well. The recipe calls for the pickles to be frozen in two 1-quart freezer containers. We decided to use four 2-cup containers so we could just thaw a little at a time when we wanted them. Its a super simple recipe with the only time consuming thing being the slicing. I can't wait to thaw some out & see how they taste. Knowing how good a cook Matt's mom is I bet they'll be great.

Freezer Pickles

5 small cucumbers, washed & thinly sliced (I used 2 big cucumbers)
1 large onion, peeled & thinly sliced
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 1/2 c cider vinegar
1/2 t salt
1/2 c honey
1/2 c water
2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
8 sprigs of fresh dill

Layer the cucumbers & onions in freezer containers. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, salt, honey, water & garlic until well combined. Pour over the cucumbers & onions leaving about 1 inch of headroom (it will expand when it freezes). Top with the sprigs of dill. Cover & freeze.
Freezer pickles
Update 10/1: Here's how the pickles turned out.


Anonymous said...

How long do they have to freeze for before you can thaw them?

kat said...

Anon - The recipe we used didn't specify but I would assume like refrigerator pickles 36 hours would be enough time.

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

Freezer pickles: what a cool idea. . .pardon my ignorance but I've never heard of freezer pickles prior to this recipe. Now that I know, I know this is a fantastic thing. Thanks!

Alicia Foodycat said...

I never knew you could do this! So do they stay crunchy when you thaw them like a normal pickle? This is genius!

grace said...

what a terrific idea! kudos to your mother-in-law, and kudos to you! let us know how they turn out. :)

Madeline said...

I had no idea. Thanks for sharing, I look forward to hearing how the turn out.

billjac said...

I dunno. I can't imagine cucumbers freezing well and the flavor can't develop while the brine is frozen. Do please post again when you defrost a batch; I'd quite like to see the results.

Gloria Chadwick said...

I've never thought to freeze cucumbers to make pickles. I'll wait to see how yours turn out before I try it, but I'm open to new adventures.
BTW, you've won an award. Come on over and see what it is. Hint: It doesn't have anything to do with pickles.

Jill Schams said...

Just found your blog the other day- I love it! We live in La Crosse, Wisconsin- just a few hours south of you (and pretty close to Viroqua, where your CSA boxes come from!) Browsing through the past posts, I noticed that you once drove Radiohead around Minneapolis- how in the heck did you manage that! My husband is a huge Radiohead fan, and is completely jealous!
Anyway, I look forward to many more posts and delicious looking food! Thanks!
Jill in La Crosse

Anonymous said...

I googled freezer pickles and yours came up funny. I already had this one from Flickr. I'll be making these today, I used up all of my fresh dill, so I may just sprinkle in some dried. You have really been an inspiration to me with all your photos...thank

Unknown said...

Great post with lots of really good information!


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