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Spicy Refrigerator Pickles
Spicy Refrigerator Pickles is one of our favorite pickle recipes. Or should I say one of my hubby’s favorite pickle recipes. They are easy to make and can be kept in the refrigerator. A few ingredients are a must to make these pickles just right. Garden fresh pickling cucumbers are always the best to use, dried chili peppers and hot sauce will give the pickles the right amount of zip.
The Longer They Sit
As with all pickles the longer they are allowed to sit, the better they will be. This is especially true for these refrigerator pickles. The longer they sit, the hotter they become but at the same time, they tend to mellow somewhat. With added cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes, along with the hot sauce and dried chili peppers, they are super hot. If your a fan of hot and spicy food, you’ll love these, if your not, beware!
Sweet and Spicy
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 to 4 whole dried chili peppers
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 12 to 14 medium pickling cucumbers, thinly sliced
Place sliced cucumbers in a clean, large glass bowl.
In a medium saucepan combine, sugar, vinegar, water, salt, hot pepper sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, whole peppercorns, bay leaves, dried chili peppers and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Pour mixture over cucumbers in glass bowl. Cover.
Refrigerate at least 3 days before serving, stirring occasionally.
Remove bay leaves and chili peppers before serving. Store in refrigerator.