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Get Your Pickle On

We are a snacking family. The hubs and boy are the chip and cracker monsters and the girl and I will just snack on anything. This is not good for our health (and waistlines!) so we try to choose healthy alternatives like veggies and fruits. One of our favorites is pickles. My husband brought home a couple of jars recently and they were gone in TWO days. That’s a ton of sodium! After that, I said no more to the store-bought version since making them at home is so easy, and I can control the ingredients. And cucumbers are just the beginning! We’ve done carrots, zucchini, red onion and more. Our favorite is making refrigerator pickles because they only take a few minutes, and with all the produce growing in gardens this time of year it’s perfect for using up the endless amount of summer squash. Check out all the different types of pickles you can make after the jump…

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  • Spicy Refrigerator Pickles WIth Radishes 1 of 7
    Spicy Refrigerator Pickles WIth Radishes
    This recipes uses radishes and onion to spice things up. I love the recommendation of saving the vinegar and adding more veggies when these are eaten.
    Make your own Spicy refrigerator pickles with radishes
  • How To Make Refrigerator Pickles 2 of 7
    How To Make Refrigerator Pickles
    This is the perfect guild for giving you the confidence and know-how to turn any type of fruit or veggie into a pickle.
    Get all the tips on how to make refrigerator pickles
  • Quick Pickled Carrots 3 of 7
    Quick Pickled Carrots
    I first fell in love with pickled carrots at a Mexican restaurant (that offers a non-spicy version). My favorite way to make this is with fresh oregano.
    Make your own quick picked carrots
  • Sweet And Spicy Picked Peaches 4 of 7
    Sweet And Spicy Picked Peaches
    When I go home to visit my parents and we head over to the nearby peach orchard for our box of bruised and ripe bargain peaches, this is the recipe that's at the top of my list. It's an old-fashioned classic, and a great way to use up peaches without using the oven.
    Make your own sweet and spicy picked peaches
  • Jalapeño Bread And Butter Pickles 5 of 7
    Jalapeño Bread And Butter Pickles
    I tend to lean pretty heavily towards the dill and vinegar and less so towards sweet pickles, but this just might sway me. The thought of spicy-sweet flavor mixed with jalapeño is just too tempting.
    Get the recipe for jalapeno bread and butter pickles at Simply Recipes
  • Pickled Red Onion 6 of 7
    Pickled Red Onion
    This is one of my favorite condiments. I especially love these over fresh tacos. You know, the taco truck tacos? I could eat them on their own, they are so good.
    Get the recipe for pickled red onion at David Lebovitz
  • Old School Fermented Dill Pickle Relish 7 of 7
    Old School Fermented Dill Pickle Relish
    If ever I need relish, I usually just chop up a pickle. Now I know how to do it right. This would also make a great hostess gift for a summer BBQ.
    Get the recipe for old school fermented dill pickle relish at Neo Homesteading

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