In my ongoing pursuit of ways to preserve some of the seasonal foods without having to resort to canning, I discovered refrigerator pickles. I have made freezer jam, have frozen green beans, made pesto and put in the freezer. And, I have a bottle of raspberry liqueur doing its thing on the counter. So, today I made just 4 quarts of pickles that sit out for 24 hours and then go into the refrigerator.
"Back in the day" Grady and I used to can all kinds of things, including pickles. And I'm not completely averse to doing more canning. But, I just want to be really sure. And, one thing I remembered about the pickles is that some turned out great and some were a lot less desirable. So, I guess I'm not interested in putting tons of work into canning pickles until I try out some recipes. So, this seemed like an easy way to try it out with a minimal investment of time and resources. They're beautiful looking. We'll find out in somewhere from 3 days to 2 weeks if they taste as good as they look. The recipes vary quite a bit in their opinions of how long they take to become pickles and then how long they last in the refrigerator.