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Refrigerator Pickling, fun and easy

by Paula Deen Test Kitchen

In the south, we love to pickle anything and everything from eggs to watermelon rind. One of Paula’s favorite gifts from her kitchen is a jar of pickled shrimp all wrapped up with a pretty bow in a beautiful handmade sweetgrass basket.  True pickling is the process of preserving food by anaerobic fermentation in a brine (a solution of salt and water) or marinating and storing it in an acid solution (usually vinegar).  Save the canning method of pickling for when the weather gets cooler and try this southern version of refrigerator pickling.  Paula’s family has been refrigerator pickling for decades.  One of her favorite refrigerator pickling recipes, Susie’s Peach Pickles, comes from her best girl friend Bubbles who she has known, taken dance class with and pickled with for too many years to remember. In the heat of summer, refrigerator pickling is a fast, simple and a fun way to enjoy your pickling in just a few days!  There are only a couple of rules to remember when refrigerator pickling.  Make sure whatever you are pickling is completely cleaned and unblemished before you start, and use sterilized non-metal jars to place them in.  Zip top bags make great refrigerator pickling jars too. Try the new recipe below for Paula’s Pickled Pub Eggs (say that three times) and her other favorite refrigerator pickle recipes or experiment with your own refrigerator pickling.  Paula hopes you love refrigerator pickling so much you might just want to dance with your best friend!
Paula’s Pickled Pub Eggs
Makes 12
Level:  Easy

12 hard-boiled eggs
4 cups of cider vinegar
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 red chili pepper, finely chopped
10 black peppercorns
12 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons allspice

Peel the hard-boiled eggs, allow them to cool and then place them in a large clean jar.
In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the vinegar and spices to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Pour over the eggs and seal the jar.  Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 days before consuming.  Best after sitting for two weeks.

Here are a few other pickling recipes you may like to try as well:

Candied Dills
Bobby’s Pickled Shrimp
Suzie’s Peach Pickles
Pickled Shirmp (Michael’s Recipe)

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Reader Comments:


If you say they are best after sitting for 2 weeks how long will these last

pat on August 06, 2009 05:08 PM

I have been looking for pub eggs, and here you have them coming right into my email!!! I’m going to put some up and give them as gifts!

Thank you very, very much for your wonderful shows, recipes, your beautiful spirit and your hard work.  You come into my home and make me feel so comfortable, happy and hungry!  You bring a smile to my face!  You have a beautiful family, and I am so proud of you!!!!

Katherine Meints
Arvada, Colorado

Katherine Meints on August 06, 2009 05:39 PM

i’m looking for a recipe for pickled peaches. i remember as a child my grandmother would make them and i would try to eat the whole jar myself. i’m sure mine would be as good as hers. here in my area canning and pickling is almost a lost art. i’ve made sure my daughter knows how, maybe she will continue.

dunnellon fl

julie roof on August 06, 2009 08:17 PM

Hi!  I am looking for recipes for pickled okra.

Randie Fisher on August 07, 2009 12:32 AM

Here is a refrigerated pickle peach recipe that lasts about 3 weeks.

W A Saxon on August 07, 2009 12:41 AM

Here is the recipe.

W A Saxon on August 07, 2009 12:42 AM

Hey Miss Paula~

Where can I find your recipes for “Refrigerator Pickling”?

I checked the “icons” that appear on the left side of the page, but could not find them.

Mama, I’ve been growin some great cucumbers here!
(can’t wait to try your recipe!)

Thank you and much love!
Cydney Anne

Cydney Anne on August 07, 2009 02:51 AM

How long do you pickled eggs last in the refrigerator

Kathy Walker on August 09, 2009 07:27 PM

Pickled eggs will last 3-4 months for the best freshness.

Libbie Summers on August 10, 2009 11:44 AM

Cydney Anne, we mistakenly forgot to add the links to other Paula Deen Refrigerator Pickling recipes in the article.  It has now been updated and you can find a couple more recipes there.

Libbie Summers on August 10, 2009 11:46 AM

kitchen sinks!  Definitely try Paula’s Candied Dill recipe…I think you will love it and it is easy.  I also think this recipe is super easy and not nearly as sweet.  Good Luck and have fun!

Libbie Summers on September 09, 2009 10:40 AM

Made Bobby’s pickled shrimp about a month ago and completely forgot about them.  How can i tell if they are still good.  Tried a couple and tasted ok but fear the vinagar may be masking.

Dan on December 30, 2009 08:12 PM

Hey Dan! Assuming you have left them in the refrigerator you should be fine to eat them. They are best when eaten within a couple of weeks. Happy New Year!
Libbie Summers, Paula Deen Food Editor

Libbie Summers on December 31, 2009 01:13 PM

My mom used to make pickled watermelon rinds with cinnamon red hots. She lost the recipe long ago. I have been trying to find one since. Any help?

Janelle on May 01, 2010 09:31 AM

hey miss paula. i grow a variety of peppers in my garden. i would to refrigerate pickle a mixture of jalapenos and cherry bombs. any ideas?

keith on July 21, 2010 06:23 PM


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