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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Refrigerator Cucumber Salad

Submitted by Ann Kelly 

 This is a great yummy summer salad and can stay in your fridge up to 2 months. 







4 thinly sliced cucumbers
1-large  sliced red onions
1-large  sliced green bell  peppers (or color of your choice)
1-tbsp salt
2-cup white vinegar
1 1/2-cups sugar (for my family I cut the sugar in half but if I was taking it somewhere I would add the the sugar)
1-tsp celery flakes
1-tsp red pepper flakes


Mix cucumbers, onions, peppers and salt; set a side.


Put vinegar, sugar, celery flakes and pepper flakes  in a pot and bring to a boil. Once mixture comes to a boil remove from heat and  add 2 handfuls of ice until melted.

Place all veggies in large mouth canning jars (2 quarts or 1 half gallon jar)



Pour mixture over cucumbers,  store in refrigerator.
Will keep up to 2 months

Makes 2 quart jars- amount will differ based on the size of your veggies. I made mine with fresh from the garden so they may have been smaller than store bought. 






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110 comments:

  1. really looks good Ann Kelly

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  2. That looks really good. I make a similar salad when we go camping. I might have to try this one too.

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  3. What a colorful fresh looking salad. It has all my favorite veggies in it too!

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  4. Sounds like a great summer salad! Thanks for the recipe.

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  5. So pretty! Soon I will be able to make it and all ingredients will be from our garden! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Wondering if I could use a sugar substitute like Splenda? Always trying to cut calories?

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    2. We don't do any sugar substitutes at out house but I am sure you could. When just making this for my family I cut the sugar in half. but when taking somewhere I add the extra sugar

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  6. I have made something similar, it is so refreshing. But I love the idea of the red pepper flakes.

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  7. Visiting you from inspire me Monday. This is great, going to book mark to do with all my cucumbers that I have started in my garden! yay!! :)
    Cindy

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  8. YUM!
    Am now following you, would you mind following me back? Thanks!
    www.generationalrose.blogspot.com

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  9. That is just beautiful to look at. I'm sure it will make a delicious snack to keep in the fridge for summer :)

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  10. this is great. I found it via the It's Keeper link up. I have linked in a beef dish. Have a super day.

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  11. I've always wanted to make something like this! It looks gorgeous, too!

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  12. Looks beautiful, makes my mouth water! Do you think this could work with less sugar, or with a different sweetener?

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    1. most of the recipes I saw for similar recipes had equal parts of sugar and vinegar but I thought it would be way too sweet so I did cut the sugar some. My parents loved this recipe as is but my hubby thought is was too sweet so I divided into two jars and added about another 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of water to each to make it let sweet.

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    2. I used Splenda and agree it is too sweet. I used some White Vinegar and some Rice Wine Vinegar. next time I will use 50/50.

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  13. What a great salad for the summer months. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us @ Toot Your Horn Tuesdays.

    Erin

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  14. What a gorgeous looking salad! It does look and sound perfect for these hot summer days!! You had the most number of views from Trick or Treat Tuesday...congrats:-) You will be the number one feature on the party this week!!!

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  15. Anyone tried this using an artificial sweetener?

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  16. Well, I have just made this and put it in the fridge...read back over the recipe and realized I forgot the ice cubes!!! I was wondering...how do you think squash would work in this as well???

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  17. Just found this on Pinterest and made it today. Looking forward to trying it tonight. I cut the sugar back to 1 cup and it's still plenty sweet for my tastes.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it Justine. Thanks for letting us know you made. We love hearing when someone tries one our recipes! Have a wonderful week!

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  18. This looks like a tasty salad.

    But when did adults start to use babytalk to each other? "Yummy" and "veggies" are so silly. Tis seems to be a particular problem with "foodies," but I guess people who call themselves babytalk names are probably going to be more likely to use babytalk in receipts.

    The dumbing down of our culture continues.

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    1. Perhaps before bemoaning the "dumbing down" of our culture, you should check for misspellings in your post.

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    2. And since when are "yummy" and "veggies" silly?

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    3. The "dumbing down" of our culture? Where did you read that little gem? I ask because I doubt that you made it up since you misspelled the word "recipes" in a food related post. lol

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    4. how inappropriate and rude that was!!! bring on the "yummy" and "veggies"....

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    5. I suspect that post was by an older person...my grandmother also called recipes "receipts". I do, however, agree that their comment was highly inappropriate. There was no need for that.

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    6. i cant believe how negative some people can be! my goodness, if you don't have anything nice to say then just don't say it! what's the point.

      anyway, this recipe looks delish!! making right now! (BTW.. is "delish" considered 'babytalk'..? i wouldnt want to offend anyone...)

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    7. Wow how rude and immature. There is nothing wrong with the words yummy and veggies. Go troll somewhere else!!

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  19. I did bread and butter pickles with Splenda...it worked great!

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  20. Just made- oh so yummy:) thank you:)

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    1. so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for letting us know

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  21. Could pickling spice be used? Would use a spice ball so the pickling spice wouldn't be loose. Could let the pepper flakes stay loose in the salad.

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    1. I am sure it would still be good, I make this for my hubby and he would not like the pickling spice, I also cut the sugar in half for him. -- Ann Kelly

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  22. Could pickling spice be used? Would use a spice ball so the pickling spice wouldn't be loose. Could let the pepper flakes stay loose in the salad.

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  24. I don't have celery flakes, can I crush celery seed or just omit the celery flakes? Would I need to subsitute something else?

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    1. I would just leave it out or add a little celery seed. still will be great

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  25. Can this be processed as pickles would be?

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  26. What would make this recipe better is if you left out the vinegar and made it a true pickled recipe! Either in a brine or lacto-fermented. I like to get probiotics that way :)

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    1. we do a lot of that too at our house but this is a favorite of my husbands

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  27. Two thumbs up!!! Very good and very easy.

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  28. I found this on Pinterest as well. I must have had really large vegetables, because mine made TWO half gallon jar fulls. However, I LOVE bell pepper and added two to mine, but still would not account for the extra 1/2 gallon jar. Liquid was a little short obviously, so added 2 c. of apple cider JUICE (not vinegar). I had some leftover from a jelly recipe I was making tonight and decided to use it. I was trying to let it set for a few hours before trying it, but couldn't resisit...then my kids couldn't resist. At first the smell of vinegar threw them off when I was making it, but needless to say, I only have a half of one of the 1/2 gallon jars left. Yeah...don't think this will last a few days, much less a few months. ha ha Don't let the vinegar fool you, you barely taste it. VERY GOOD SALAD!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for letting us know you tried it and enjoyed it.

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  29. Does anyone have the answer to the question as to wether or not these could be processed in a waterbath? thanks for your help.

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    1. I do not know for sure, I would like with the vinegar it would work fine but they would get soft with the processing... What we like so much about this salad is it is a fresh salad just waiting when ever we want it.

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  31. Made this yesterday... I did a bit of changing, but I love it! I left out the celery flakes, and added 1 tablespoon of the red pepper flakes instead... Delicious!!! Thank you so much!

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  32. i made this last weekend. i was nervous because it looked a little too much like canning to me! it was very easy and so delicious. definitely wouldn't last 2 months in my house though. i doubled the recipe and it was gone the next day. my kids are pretty practical. they saved all the liquid and just dumped in more chopped veggies the next day. so good!

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  33. CAN THIS BE PROCESSED IN A WATER BATH, IF SO, HOW LONG.
    THANK YOU

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    1. we don't process it and while I am sure you could process it would be completely different we like this salad since it is so fresh.

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  34. So making this i want to know can i omit sugar????? Thank You

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    1. you can but the taste will be bitter... I cut the sugar in half or more when making it just for my family. It is a little too strong for some so when I take it other places I add all the sugar. Most recipes similar to this will call for even more sugar.

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  35. Thank You & Bless You.

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  36. That looks wonderful! I can't wait for summer when we have cucumbers in our garden again.

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  37. Do you think I could use red wine vinegar? I'm just not a fan of white vinegar or sweet salads/dressings. I love cucumber salad in vinegar I've just never boiled it before

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  38. Can you eat this right away or does it have to set for a couple of days?

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    1. We have eaten it within a hour or so of making it.

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  39. Love this idea! Not only will it have awesome flavor, but cucumbers are high in Vitamin B and help you feel rejuvenated!

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  40. Could you use red or orange bells?? I think it would work.

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  41. Do you have to use green bells, or could you use another like red?

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  42. Could you use red or orange bells?? I think it would work.

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    1. I am sure you could use any type of pepper and be fine.

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  43. Just made this tonight. How long does it need to sit in the fridge before eating?

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  44. Just made this tonight. How long does it need to sit in the fridge before eating?

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  45. You can eat it right away if you want.

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  46. Just made this! It was so easy. I split it into smaller wide-mouth jars and one I'm using tonight and the other a little later after it sits a bit. I can't wait!

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  47. Hey folks, this is clearly a refrigerator pickle. I would not can well as is.

    Looks tasty. It reminds me of the cucumber and onion salads I've tried in the south.

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  48. I made this the other day and found a few tweaks I needed. First off, it filled *3* quart jars, and at that I was smashing the veggies down in there to get them all to fit. Because of the three jars, I had to make a second round of vinegar solution (1 cup an 3/4 cup of sugar) to fill them all. Couldn't find any celery or red pepper flakes at the store, so we'll see how it is without. Anyone else wind up with way lots of veggies that needed more than 2 wide-mouth quart canning jars? I didn't increase the quantities of any of them. Anyway, I'm letting it sit a bit to get some good pickled flavor in the veggies, and I'm loving watching the vinegar turn pink from the red onion. :)

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  49. Thought you may would want to know you pic and recipe is being used on one of those FB recipe sites with no credit given to you. I hate that people are doing this.

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    1. Thanks this recipe and a few others from our page are all over pinterest and facebook with no credit to our site :( but thanks for letting us know :)

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  50. Thought you may would want to know you pic and recipe is being used on one of those FB recipe sites with no credit given to you. I hate that people are doing this. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=433064116780483&set=a.412089665544595.100798.412046715548890&type=1&ref=nf

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    1. Susan - thank you VERY much for making us aware of someone using our images and recipe without permission. I have commented on their post.

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    2. I don't see your comment...wonder if she deleted. Sad folks who crave attention.

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  51. I just made this.. I'm new to using red pepper flakes but are they responsible for the fire in my mouth? I'm DYING..

    So I ended up adding tomatoes to my bowl when I ate it but wasn't sure if they could go in the jar so did them separately.

    Here's my result!

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/386881_10151346139526470_696692716_n.jpg
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/163933_10151346139491470_719221773_n.jpg

    I also wanted to alert you to a FB page that has stolen this recipe and photo without credit given or a link to your blog..

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=433064116780483&set=a.412089665544595.100798.412046715548890&type=1&relevant_count=1

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    1. Thanks, this recipe (along with a few others from our page) are all over the internet with no credit but thanks for telling us :(

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  52. Can this recipe be canned instead of just making a couple of quarts and keeping them in the refrigerator? If so, how or would the recipe have to be modified?

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    1. canning would change the texture you could can as pickled veggies but would be completely different

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  53. Wonderful! My son and I ate this up lickety-split, and had to make more right away. This has become a staple at our house.

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  54. Mmm It looks so yummy, great to eat with a sandwich.

    I love the title verse, God Bless You!

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  55. i love this recipe. being allergic to bell peppers i always have to omit the peppers. so mine is cucumber and onion. my question is. i have seen that they make one that is cucumber, onion and tomato. not yours has a jar life of two months. i was wondering if we add onion to yours..or any pickle onion combo does that decrease the jar life drastically.. ie..2 months vs..say a week.

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    1. I don't know, really don't think it would cause an issue but tomatoes would get too soggy for my taste and no one else in my house likes tomatoes :)

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  56. Thanks for this recipe! My sister and mom suggested I use this recipe for some of the peppers I have been growing and to have vegetables keep longer in the refrigerator. I made two large jars last night and it turned out beautifully! I improvised with my vegetables : sugar snap peas, cucumbers, peppers (yellow, red and green), celery sticks and red onion. So good!

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  57. I just finished a batch. Super easy and I used all fresh ingredients from my garden. I doubled the batch and got 4 quarts and 1 pint. I even sliced 2 jalapenos really thin and added to 2 of the jars. Can't wait till they cool! Thanks so much.

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  58. I cannot eat cukes--do you think zucchini would work instead?

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  59. This was WAY to sweet making it the regular way. Next time I will half the sugar like you do for your family. Good news is that my 17 month old came and grabbed an onion off my plate and ate it all. He then tried to grab more lol! I plan on making one for the kids and one for me with extra extra pepper flakes.
    Also, when I made it, it made almost 3 quarts not 2. Weird.I followed the directions exactly. Oh well the more to enjoy lol.

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  60. Does anyone have any ideas as to substitutes for the sugar? I don't eat sugar. Could you use a little honey or maple syrup?

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  61. How long after "canning" should we wait to eat it?

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    1. You can eat anytime but I would wait 3-5 days

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  62. Could you add some dill and fresh garlic? I think I may try that with a lot less sugar. Sounds amazing though!

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    1. sure... I cut the sugar in half when I make it for my family

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  63. Looks really delicious! Have you tried to use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar? I find ACV much healthier and wondering if it would work.Going to make this tomorrow :-)

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  64. That looks really good. I might have to try this one. Thanks for sharing it here

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  65. Would this work with no sugar at all? I just can't past the idea of sweet pickles....

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