How to Make Refrigerator Sweet Pickles

Grab the cucumbers. Today we’re making pickles!

Refrigerator pickles are easy to make, and they’re a great way to use up those cucumbers from your garden. With some simple boiling and mixing, you’ll have instant pickles.

The recipe I use, as well as my whole family, comes from my dear grandmother (now 95 years young). My grandma is an amazing cook. Growing up in the Depression era, she has always been thrifty with what she has, and this valuable skill carries through her cooking.

Recipe for Refrigerator Sweet Pickles

My grandma has been making refrigerator pickles long before I came along. When I was younger, she’d always drop off a container of freshly made pickles, and my siblings and I would gobble them up that same day. Now it’s a summer tradition for my family to make Grandma’s pickles.

If you like your pickles a little sweet, then this recipe is sure to delight! All you need is seven simple ingredients, many of them you probably already have on hand.

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Crunchy Refrigerator Pickles

  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 C. white sugar
  • 1 C. white vinegar
  • 7 C. sliced cucumbers
  • 1 C. minced or diced onion
  • 1 C. diced green peppers
  • 2 T. salt
  • 1 T. celery salt.


Boil together white sugar and white vinegar. When cooled, mix with the rest of the ingredients and put in the refrigerator for at least a few hours before eating. Taste improves as pickles stand.


Helpful Hint: Just like with any recipe, the fresher the food, the better results you’ll have. I highly recommend using cucumbers right from the garden or cucumbers from a local farmer’s market.

  • Prep Time: 30 min

Keywords: pickles, refrigerator pickles, crunchy refigerator pickles, lehmans sapphire cookbook collection, lehmans cookbook

You can find my grandma’s recipe in Lehman’s Sapphire Cookbook Collection along with many other treasured recipes from Lehman’s employees and customers. Available at or in our retail store in Kidron, Ohio.Lehman's Sapphire Cookbook

Editor’s Note: First posted in August 2021.

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Sharon LeCompte
Sharon LeCompte
1 year ago

I’m a beginner canner, definitely going to try this recipe, thanks

Jenelle Gould
Jenelle Gould
1 year ago

Can this recipe if refrigerated pickles be canned and sealed?

Tina Fiedler
Tina Fiedler
1 year ago

Hello there, I love pickles. My question is, does the ‘T’ for salt in the recipe mean tablespoon or teaspoon?
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