Pickles aren’t usually considered cool or sexy. In fact, many people (erroneously) believe making pickles is best left to Little House on the Prairie characters (along with canning and sewing quilts). But pickling at home is actually super easy, pretty fun, and a great way to preserve summer’s best produce to eat year-round. Plus, pickles add tons of complex, sweet-sour flavor to any dish without adding tons of extra calories. Try out these five flavorful, easy pickle recipes and join the pickling party!

Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles via So Let’s Hang Out
Let’s start with the basics — these sour pickles are perfect for pairing with a sandwich or burger. Simmer vinegar, salt, and water and pour the heated mixture over sliced cukes, spices, garlic, and plenty of dill. Let the jar sit for 48 hours and enjoy!

Photo: Gina / So Let’s Hang Out

Pickled Blueberries via Of Agates and Madeleines
We had no idea (until now) that you can pickle fruit! When combined with vinegar and red onion, bluebs are more savory than sweet. Pair these sweet-tart berries with cheese, fish, meat, or other sandwich fillings for a hit of complex flavor (hint: they’d also be bomb-diggety delicious on a cheese plate).

Photo: Emma / Of Agates and Madeleines

Pickled Mini Bell Peppers via Let the Baking Begin!
This recipe’s a bit more complicated than the others, but the results are well worth a little extra elbow grease. Roast mini bell peppers (or sliced regular-sized ones) and then marinate them overnight with vinegar, onion, garlic, and herbs.

Photo: Marina / Let the Baking Begin!

Homemade Pickled Onions via Inspired Taste
This speedy recipe is a guaranteed way to add flavor to tacos, sandwiches, burgers, omelettes, or pretty much any other savory dish. Simmer spices, vinegar, sugar, lime juice, and salt together, then pour the combination over red onions and let the whole container chill out for an hour. That’s all, folks!

Photo: Joanne and Adam Gallagher / Inspired Taste

Mint Pickled Strawberries via Snixy Kitchen
Strawberries, mint, vanilla, honey, sugar…and vinegar? Yep, this isn’t an extremely tardy April Fool’s joke. Pickling sweet strawberries turns them a little bit savory, making them perfect for sandwiches or cheese plates.

Photo: Sarah Nix / Snixy Kitchen

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