I’ve lived all over the United States – Oregon, Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Carolina, California and have family in half of the other states. My Grandma who will turn 97 (yup! She’s going to be 97 years old!) in just a few weeks lives in South Dakota and I visit as often as I can.
Over the river & thru the woods to Grandmother’s house we go!
We always have a big group in the summer time when we converge on the lake – usually 30-45. Uncles & Aunts, Cousins, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren & Great, Great Grandchildren and Grandma is always proud as a peacock to be surrounded by her family.
Been thinking about her a lot as her birthday is approaching & got a hankering for a bit of home. One thing Grandma always makes during the summer is Cucumber Pickles.
They are simple, but flavorful and a favorite of my brother & I. If it were up to Don and I, we would eat the whole bucket the first day! (Grandma makes them in two gallon buckets).
If you like crunchy pickles slice the cucumbers a little wider say 1/4 inch. You can keep the peel on or remove it – either way will work, it’s really your preference. Me, I like the texture of the peel after it’s pickled. I leave it on.
Easy Refrigerator Pickles - Crunchy, sweet, easy and the perfect topping for a burger or a snack, this little pickle reminds me of summertimes at the lake!
- 1 cups cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon Salt
- 2 tablespoon celery salt optional
- 2-3 cucumbers
- In a medium pan over medium heat combine the vinegar, water, salt & sugar until the sugar & salt are completely dissolved. Remove from heat & stir in the celery salt (if using). Set aside & cool completely.
- Slice the cucumbers in 1/4 inch slices & add them to a large plastic bowl or glass jar. Pour over marinade & cover tightly. Place in refrigerator & marinade them for one week before using.
** For variations, use rice wine vinegar & black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, you can also add red onion, carrots, jalapeno, etc. Great use of cucumbers in summer as these will keep several months in the refrigerator.