Ian Obermiller

Part time hacker, full time dad.

Refrigerator Pickles


  • 3 large cucumbers
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1½ Tbsp salt
  • 1½ Tbsp celery seed
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 2 cups white vinegar


  1. Thinly slice cucumber. I prefer a mandoline with the thinnest slicer. Slice the onion more thickly into rings. They are easier to remove for burgers or salads that way.
  2. Mix the vinegar and sugar in a sauce pan. If it doesn't all dissolve, warm on low and stir until dissolved.
  3. In a large container with a lid mix the liquid and seasoning. Traditionally we use an ice cream bucket, but I also use pretzel containers.
  4. Add the cucumber and onion and stir.
  5. Refrigerate at least overnight. The flavor will improve over time.
  6. Once the pickles are gone, you can re-use the liquid one more time, simply add more cucumbers.

Adapated from Olivia's Aunt Colleen.