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Jul 6, 2009 04:28 AM

Have you made frozen cucumbers?

I recently visited a former teacher of mine, who offered me some of her homemade pickles to sample. They were excellent. Turns out you can make them very easily IN THE FREEZER! I just made my first batch with native pickling cukes and used a mandoline so they're not only beautifully sliced, but crinkle-cut, too. Here's the recipe:


2 quarts unpeeled cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 large sweet onion, sliced
2 tablespoons salt
1 cup cider vinegar
1 ½ cups sugar

Place cucumbers, onions and salt in a large bowl. Cover with cold water and let stand for 2 hours. Drain. Dissolve sugar with vinegar on medium heat. Pour over cucumbers and onion; mix well. Put in plastic containers; leave ¼ inch at top for expansion. Freeze. Thaw before serving.

Move pickles from freezer to refrigerator the night prior to serving (or about four hours before use). Store in refrigerator after thawing.

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  1. i've heard of refrigerator pickles, but not freezer pickles. what is supposed to be accomplished by freezing vs. simply refrigerating?

    10 Replies
    1. re: alkapal

      I honestly don't know! I can only tell you they "work" and are very tasty. If I hear from Mrs. B. as to the logic, I will let you know. I did find other similar recipes on, but no explanations. I am so tickled by these fancy homemade pickles. Even the onions are crinkle-cut--they look very artsy. ;)

      1. re: kattyeyes

        Are they super crunchy and stay that way?? I made refrigerator pickles not too long ago, they were crunchy but after day two they lost that nice crunch.

        1. re: chef chicklet

          I will have to get back to you on that, cc. I have to say, I liked the handful I sampled before I put them in the freezer.

          1. re: kattyeyes

            Sure take your time. I was hoping you hit the secret I've been trying to find out. We have a little German restaurant not far from my home, and the Grandma makes the most delicious bread and butter pickles. All I could pry out of the grandson was that she makes them every day and that no one knows the recipe but her. She makes all of the traditional German dishes for the restaurant using her family recipes. Some are good, some are so heavy.. but these pickles are to die for. They are crunchy fresh and the seasoning delicious, I think a touch of clove,and a sprinkling of love and who knows what else, but they are terrific.

            1. re: chef chicklet

              Hello again! This is officially day two of pickledom. I thawed them yesterday, had a sampling last night and just a few minutes ago (my stomach knows no clock). They are indeed crunchy and NOT slimy whatsoever. I snapped a photo, too, which I'll post later on when I get to my other PC.

              Re the German pickles, you could easily try these (it's a cheap experiment!), see how you like them, then perhaps modify with spices and see if they're a match. And if you use a mandoline, please be careful slicing so you don't wind up with a chunk of skin missing from your thumb! :(

              1. re: Scargod

                EXCELLENT, I've bookmarked your recipe, and will try it. Thanks this is so great, I was wondering how she had got them to be so crunchy.
                Little trickster...

        2. re: kattyeyes

          Wouldn't they "work" if not frozen? When sliced thin cukes take on a brine very quickly.

          1. re: scubadoo97

            Maybe so. I know absolutely nothing about making cucumbers except this recipe. :) I took one container out of the freezer this a.m. and moved 'em to the fridge so I can sample later.

        3. re: alkapal

          maybe to preserve a little longer as they will keep frozen longer then in ref.

          1. re: mildredmm

            My thought is that pickles lose their crunch the longer they're floating in the brine. By freezing them, you're stopping that crunch-loss factor in the later-eaten pickles.

        4. I've made these, and had them made by a few different ppl. They are always little on the slimy side for my liking. I much prefer just leaving them in the fridge instead of freezing them. I basically just make fridge pickles without the sugar. Freezing IMO ruins the integrity of the cucumber - probably does something to the cell walls of the poor thing which results in the difference in texture. Most frozen veggies become soggy / slimy in one way or another. I'm really not sure why ppl would freeze these pickles, but there sure are folks who like these.

          1. Thanks for the reminder - I made these a couple of years ago and they're really good. Sort of a bread and butter type of pickle, with excellent texture - not at all slimy. I have always been a hard-core traditionalist when it comes to preserving stuff, but these have me converted, at least a little bit. I don't know why they work, but they do.

            Freezer Pickles
            8 cups small cucumbers, scrubbed
            1 medium onion
            2 tbsp. coarse pickling salt
            1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
            1-1/2 cups white vinegar
            1 tbsp. whole celery seeds
            1 tbsp. whole mustard seeds

            Cut the ends off the cucumbers and slice them, crosswise, as thinly as possible. Place slices in a large bowl. Peel the onion, cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into slices as thinly as possible. Add to the cucumbers. Sprinkle with salt and stir to mix. Let sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature.

            Meanwhile, combine the sugar, vinegar, celery seeds and mustard seeds in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then pour over the cucumbers in the bowl. Stir well, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours (more or less), stirring occasionally.

            Transfer to individual freezer containers or zipper-top bags and freeze. They can be defrosted and eaten anytime.

            Makes about 6 cups

            1. Here's a pic of the pickles!

              We heard back from Mrs. B. today. Apparently, you're supposed to keep the pickles frozen a week before thawing and eating, so I'll have two separate batches to try--these "overnighter" frozen pickles and "one-week-in-the-freezers." I still say they're very tasty right here, right now on day 2.

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              1. re: kattyeyes

                yummmmy! I do have a mandoline, time to practice!

              2. sista-kat, i thought of you when i saw this recipe for squash pickles with ginger & lemongrass: