Did you know you can pickle tomatoes in the refrigerator? It's super easy and these refrigerator pickled cherry tomatoes are delicious.

Easy Refrigerator Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

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Did you know you can pickle tomatoes in the refrigerator? It’s super easy and these refrigerator pickled cherry tomatoes are delicious.m It’s a great way to use excess tomatoes from your garden!

hands holding cherry tomatoes and a toothpick for poking holes in them to make refrigerator pickled cherry tomatoes.

There is no special equipment needed when making refrigerator pickles. We don’t can because we aren’t allowed to serve the daycare kids home canned food, so this is an easy way for us to preserve our harvest a little longer without losing out on eating pickles. We can freeze and dehydrate foods too. Check out our frozen roasted tomato sauce, and frozen “Rotel”, yum! 

Oven roasted tomato sauce has a depth of flavor that is unbeatable! Its slow roasted tomato flavor permeates every dish you add it to. Roasting tomatoes brings out a rich sweetness that's hard to describe. Do you have a ton of tomatoes to use up from your garden? 

Pickled cherry tomatoes

I decided to make this brine a little bit sweet to have a different type of pickle in our refrigerator this fall.  There is no special preparation that needs to happen except to poke some small holes in the cherry tomatoes so they can get the pickling liquid inside. We used a toothpick. You can also make them out of big tomatoes by just dicing them up in large chunks.

Easy Refrigerator Pickled Cherry Tomatoes Taking stems off plate full of cherry tomatoes

Pickled tomatoes

Did you know you can pickle tomatoes in the refrigerator? It's super easy and these refrigerator pickled cherry tomatoes are delicious.
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Easy Refrigerator Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

Sweet, juicy, tart cherry tomatoes with amazing flavor. Pops in your mouth like a flavor bomb.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry tomatoes, pickling
Servings: 8
Author: Christina


  • 4 c cherry tomatoes, whatever kind you have
  • 2 1/2 c apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 c water
  • 1/4 c sea salt
  • 2 T raw sugar (white sugar if that’s what you have)
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Make brine by combining sugar, salt, water and vinegar in a pan.
  • Cook on medium heat, stirring until salt and sugar are completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Prepare the tomatoes by poking small holes into each one.
  • Place tomatoes in jars.
  • Divide garlic cloves between jars.
  • Add red and black pepper and dill to the brine and pour into jar until full.
  • Place lids on jars tightly.
  • Place in refrigerator.
  • Pickles are ready in about a week and will last for several months.
Pickled Cherry Tomatoes in a jar

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How long do pickled tomatoes last

These refrigerator pickled tomatoes will last 3-6 months in the refrigerator. The vinegar keeps them from collecting bacteria, so you can enjoy them for a long time. 

Refrigerator spicy pickled tomatoes

If you want to add a little spice to your tomatoes, all you have to do is add some hot peppers. 

You can use jalapenos, habaneros, or whatever kind of peppers you have on hand or enjoy eating. Just take your knife and poke a hole through the whole washed pepper. Stab it all the way through so the juice can permeate it from both sides. And push it down into the jar with the other ingredients.

It will spice the liquid and everything in it. If you want a lot of spice, add several peppers and if you want a little, just add one.

Fermented tomatoes

You can also ferment the tomatoes in a similar way. Click here to see how.

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