Icebox Pickles


These icebox pickles are a wonderful sweet pickle recipe I got from my mother, who got it from a relative, who got it from a relative, and so on. It is very easy, a little time-consuming, delicious, and makes a lot of pickles. The recipe says to put them in jars, but I just store them in a clean gallon-sized ice cream bucket. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to a year.

close up view of Icebox Pickles in a jar with peppers, next to cucumbers and red peppers
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
1 gallon


  • 6 unpeeled cucumbers, sliced

  • 2 onions, sliced

  • 2 large green bell peppers, chopped

  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped

  • cup salt

  • 2 trays ice cubes

  • 5 cups white sugar

  • 3 cups white vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds

  • 1 ½ teaspoons celery seeds


  1. Combine cucumbers, onions, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, and salt in a large container. Cover with ice cubes. Let stand for 3 hours. Drain off brine and squeeze out excess moisture.

  2. Mix sugar, vinegar, mustard seeds, and celery seeds in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook for 3 minutes. Pour over cucumber mixture. Let cool, about 30 minutes.

  3. Divide cucumber mixture among jars. Cover with lids and refrigerate.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salt. The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

188 Calories
0g Fat
47g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 188
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 27mg 136%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 181mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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