This recipe needs no canning and can be done at the drop of a hat. It is completely flexible.
Step 1: Make brine for the pickles.
The sweetness and sourness of the pickles depends on the brine. If you look at recipes in books or online, you'll find great disparities among the ingredient ratios.
You can choose how to proportion
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 tsp. salt
Bring the brine to a boil and stir to fully dissolve the sugar. I do this in the microwave.
Step 2: Prepare the vegetables
Slice, cube or other wise cut the cucumber into pickles shapes. Layer in a covered dish with the flavors you have chosen for the pickle.
Consider the following combinations:
- sliced cucumber, sliced yellow onion, chopped garlic, fresh dill
- cubed cucumber, sliced red onion, cinnamon stick, peppercorns
- Slice cucumber, squares of red bell pepper, slice sweet onion, whole coriander seeds
Pour the hot brine to cover the vegetables and spices. Cover with cling film and refrigerate.
These pickles can be eaten as soon as they are cold but they improve in flavor over the next few days, by which time they will probably be gone.
This recipe can serve as the basis for pickling other vegetables, e.g. zucchini, summer squash, sweet potato slices, cauliflower, etc. Have fun experimenting!