The cucumber harvest has been splendid this summer and oh my those fresh crispy cukes are so good. We’ve been preparing them a lot of different ways, but have topped them all with fresh refrigerator dill pickles. About as easy and quick to make as anything can be, the simple ingredients combine to create a symphony of flavor. And CRUNCHY? These pickles define the word. So, here are the ingredients. A batch of four pints mixes up in just minutes. Really. Then let them “stew” in your refrigerator for two days and voila! Pickles the likes of which you’ve never tasted, unless of course you regularly make refrigerator dills. No cooking.

The sweet pickles are just as easy — only quicker — ready to enjoy in eight hours. Cucumbers never tasted so good. These pickles are quick. They’re easy and best of all — so good.

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

8 to 10 fresh cucumbers (maybe more depending on their size)

4 fresh dill heads or several pieces fresh dill weed

8 garlic cloves, peeled and halved lengthwise

1.5 tablespoons sea salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1.5 cups rice wine or other mild vinegar

2 cups water

Slice cucumbers down their length and then slice each half down its length to create “spears.” Place one dill head and two cloves garlic in bottom of each of four pint jars. Start slipping cucumber spears into jars, filling jars as tightly packed as possible without crushing spears.

Mix together the salt, sugar, vinegar and water, stirring until sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour liquid into jars to completely cover cucumbers. Screw on lids and place jars in refrigerator for two days. Enjoy your fresh and crunchy dill pickles!

Quickie Sweet Cucumber/Onion Pickles

1/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup rice-wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 red onions, thinly sliced

2 cups thinly sliced garden-fresh cucumbers

6 fresh sprigs of dill

Whole peppercorns

Combine the sugar, vinegar and salt, stirring until dissolved and stir in olive oil.

Place sliced onions and cucumbers in a glass, plastic  or ceramic bowl, and pour vinegar mixture over. Toss to coat vegetables and add peppercorns to taste (about a teaspoon). Cover and refrigerate overnight or eight hours to pickle. Mixture will keep, refrigerated, about a week.