Honey Sweetened Refrigerator Pickles

I have had issues with cucumbers recently.  It’s strange because I used to dislike them but lately I can’t get enough.  My body must be deficient in cucumber vitamins.  🙂  When I saw a box of organic cucumbers for sale at the farmer’s market I grabbed it.  Don’t worry, I paid for it first.

What’s a girl to do with a box of cucumbers but make pickles.  All of the refrigerator pickle recipes I had called for white sugar.  I haven’t had white sugar in the kitchen for some time.  I wondered, could I use sucanat?  I didn’t think that would work since it has a maple like flavor.  I was also afraid it would make the pickle juice an unappetizing brown color.

Then I wondered if I could use honey.  I did some searching online and found two recipes.  The first one seemed to be a simple and classic refrigerator pickle recipe with a few healthy adaptations.  The second recipe was like nothing I had seen before.  Pickles in lemon juice instead of vinegar.  Cloves, really?

I couldn’t help myself.  I tried them both. 

This honey sweetened refrigerator pickle recipe is a great basic recipe with the traditional taste you expect from refridgerator pickles.  There is a nice balance of salty, sweet and sour.  Next time I make them I might throw in some garlic or dill for fun.

Honey Sweetened Refrigerator Pickles


  • 3 Large Cucumbers, sliced thin
  • 1 Medium Onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Gently mix cucumbers, onion, salt and celery seed in a large bowl.
  2. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.  (I may or may not have eaten half the bowl of salted cukes before the hour was up.)
  3. Stir honey and vinegar in a small bowl until honey is dissolved.  Pour over cucumber mixture.
  4. Mix well.  Cover and refrigerate 24 hours.
  5. Pickles will keep 3 weeks or more in the refrigerator.

And the second recipe?  You can find it here.

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35 Responses to “Honey Sweetened Refrigerator Pickles”

  1. I never thought to use honey in my pickles! I used raw sugar and they turned out perfectly. I’ll have to try the honey next time. And I can’t wait to see the other recipe – sounds intriguing!

  2. I’ve never heard of using honey, Nancy. Do these pickles taste different? Admittedly, we still use white sugar, but I am always looking for alternatives. This has caught my interest. I am enjoying your blog this morning. I am happily following you now. Some of these vegetables sound fantastic!

    • Nancy says:

      I am no pickle connoisseur so I took them to a pregnant lady today. She said they were good and she did not taste the honey.

  3. Had never thought of using honey in pickles…Infact, just the other day I was reading that honey loses all its goodness when it is cooked…so, I have been thinking of using honey in other alternative ways…apart from adding to my oats porridge….this is a very clever idea…great space..I’ll be back soon…

  4. Jen says:

    I can’t wait to try these! I just picked a bunch of cucumbers and I was looking for something new to do with them, other than dill pickles! Thanks for linking up with Made From Scratch Tuesday!

  5. I can’t wait to try the honey ones. My daughter has been diagnosed with a dairy and sugar intolerence. Thanks so much for a super blog!!

  6. Swathi says:

    Next time when I buy cucumber I am going to try this recipe. Looks dleicious. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

  7. Leslie says:

    This looks like an interesting alternative. My garden is starting to mature and I will soon have a boatload of cucumbers. I will definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  8. You out-did yourself once again. You’re amazing. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Christina says:

    I can’t wait for my cucumbers to come in so I can make tons of pickles!

  10. Wow – these pickles look great! Thanks for linking them up to Friday Potluck!

  11. Hazel Moon says:

    My husband loves sweet pickles and this looks simple and lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Thank you for a beautiful wholesome recipe. First time visiting your blog and thrilled to see so many healthy things to carry me through the week ahead.

    • Nancy says:

      Thank you so much Trish! You have some wonderful sounding dishes as well. I might have to try Camille Southard’s Brazillian Chicken!

  13. Run DMT says:

    I love any kind of pickle. Sweet, dill, fried…I’ll eat them all. YUM!

    Thanks for the Friday Food Fight shout out. Swing on by and link up! 🙂

    • Nancy says:

      Fried? Hmm. I don’t think I’ve had those. I like everything else fried so I’m sure I’d like those. 🙂

  14. Melissa says:

    YUM! These babies are awesome. My new fav pickle. Thanks so much for posting!!

  15. Ricki says:

    Great idea! I used to be spoiled by homemade pickles when my grandfather was alive, but haven’t had any since. . . I may just have to give these a try. 🙂 Thanks for submitting to WW this week!

  16. Miranda says:

    I keep saying I want to make pickles. Maybe for National canning week. Great idea using honey, that sounds like the flavors would be great. Thank you so much for joining Fat Camp Friday! See you next week!

  17. KB and Whitesnake says:


    We’d love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  18. Wow! These sound awesome! I am a very picky pickle person but these sound like they will totally fit the bill for my kind of pickle. I think I will throw these together tonight before bed. How convenient that I have 3 fresh cukes just begging to have something done with them! LOL

  19. Alea Milham says:

    I love the idea of sweetening pickles with honey. I have avoided recipes that use sugar, so I am excited to apply this idea to some of the other recipes I’ve bookmarked. Thank you sharing this recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop – I am feeling inspired!

  20. For the first 30 years of my life I wouldn’t touch a cucumber in it’s “un-pickled” form…. Now…like you, I’m lucky if there are any left to make pickles!

    Great post and thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop last week.

  21. Bibi says:

    What a great recipe! I love using honey instead of sugar…excellent idea.

    Thank you for sharing this great recipe at Foodie Wednesday.

    Hope you can come by this week again and share another great recipe.

  22. Sheryl says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
    I hope to see you there!

  23. Iffy says:

    I made pickles last week too! Aren’t they SO much better than store bought?! Thank you so much for linking this up to my Favorite Things Friday Party! I can’t wait to see what you will share this week!

  24. april says:

    I love this..I am your newest follower!!! I hope you will link up here…