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Easy Pickles

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: about 2 quarts pickles
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1 1/4 cups apple cider vinegar

1 1/4 cups water 

2 tablespoons sugar 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns 

1 small bay leaf 

1 teaspoon red chile flakes, optional 

4 to 5 Kirby cucumbers, quartered into spears to fit your jars OR 3/4 of a pineapple, cut into spears to fit your jars 


  1. In a nonreactive stockpot over medium-high heat, bring the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, peppercorns and bay leaf (and chile flakes, if using) to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the cucumbers (or pineapple), then remove from the heat and let cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until serving. Drain before serving. (Pickles keep, refrigerated, about 2 weeks.)
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