If you think of pickling as a time-consuming process that requires special equipment, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. But quick pickling is different. Quick pickles, also known as refrigerator pickles, are faster and easier to make, and call for very little kitchen gear beyond a pot and a jar or two.
These recipes offer five simple ways to discover the fun and ease of quick pickles. In addition to classic dill cucumber pickles, you’ll find recipes for pickled red onions, banh mi pickles, Japanese-style pickled cucumbers and pickled grapes. These won’t keep quite as long as pickles that are canned and processed in a water bath, but most quick pickles will last about a week in the fridge. Of course, once you start enjoying quick pickles, you may find it hard to keep them around that long.