I had never done refrigerator pickles, and this was a good recipe to use for my first time. I left out the peppercorns and red pepper flakes because I didn't want it too spicy. I'm glad I did, because it still turned out kind of spicy. I sliced my garlic instead of just cutting it in half because I wanted a lot of garlic flavor. I recommend this recipe and will be using it again next summer!
I made a double recipe of this about two weeks ago. I used store-bought pickling spice. I thought the flavor was okay for these. My main advice is to double the amount of broth that you are planning to use because when I made this and thought that I stuffed the jars of carrots and cucumbers full, I found that I had to make another recipe to cover my vegetables. I believe it is easier to pour a bit down the drain than to keep preparing more broth. Other than that, I was pretty happy with the results. Thanks for posting, Yobittles, I'll use this again.
I have used this recipe several times now and my pickles come out perfect! I do like to add a little more garlic and vinegar too!