I have been wanting to make some homemade pickles, which is something I have never done before, when I saw a bag of mini pickles at Costco the other day. I just had to have them! I created an easy pickle recipe that you can either spice up or not with red pepper flakes to your liking, as well as adjust the sweetness. Since our grandkids were visiting this week I was in a hurry and wanted a fast recipe so I opted to make sliced pickles instead of leaving those adorable little things whole. I hope you enjoy the recipe.
Homemade Sweet and Spicy Pickle Recipe – zero sodium!
A quick and easy sliced homemade pickles recipe that is sweet and spicy; and easily made gluten free.
- 10 mini (or 2 - 3 regular sized) thinly sliced cucumbers with skin
- 1/4 yellow onion, chopped
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 cups rice vinegar (There are sodium free and sugar free rice vinegar available.)
- 1/2 to 1-1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (optional) (I used 1-1/2 and they were medium to medium-high heat.)
- 1 teaspoon celery seed (optional)
- In a small sauce pan add vinegar and sugar. Heat until the sugar melts. (Don't try and take a whiff as I did. It will burn your sinuses!)
- In a large plastic or glass container with a lid, add cucumbers, onion, red pepper flakes and any other seasoning you desire such as celery seed.
- Pour the vinegar on top of the cucumbers; close lid and refrigerate until cold or overnight. They soften slightly as they chill, but remain crunchy.
- You can add your favorite spices such as celery seed, dill, etc.
- Once chilled, if you find the strong vinegar or spicy flavor too much, drain all of the juices and add water and refrigerate again. If necessary, repeat this process one more time.
Besides the obvious, hamburgers, you can chop them up and use them as a relish in tuna salad, hot dogs, etc.
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