So I’ve had this post setting in my draft section for a good 12 days with just the title… yeah call me horrible at not finding time to write. Our garden is almost in full-swing. Our tomatoes are really starting to come on, but boy have a cucumbers continued to give us about 8 pounds… yes, I said 8 pounds a day! That’s a little over a pound per plant. My mother and I always have a spectacular garden that bears fruits and vegetables up until a really hard killing frost that kills through all of our covers.
Today, I am going to bring you one of our simple go-to recipes for using cucumbers. They only take a few minutes and you can keep them in your refrigerator for weeks.
It’s really quite simple, seriously. Equal parts sugar, water and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. I told you that it was simple!
Now, go gather up a few of those cucumbers that are just setting around!!
But before you begin I have a question for you. Have you ever bit into one of your cucumbers and they were bitter? Growers say it’s because of a lack of water. I have a cure for that though and it’s not just watering your plants more!! Are you ready for my solution?! Well, if you think your cucumbers are going to be bitter; before peeling, cut about a half inch off of the end that’s attached to the plant… making sure you have to correct end is very important! Now take that end, holding your cucumber upside down, rub the two cut ends together. It will start to foam, but don’t be alarmed… that’s supposed to happen!!!
The foam is like taking the bitterness out of your cucumber. Now that you’re done rubbing them together, cut about a quarter of an inch off of the same cut end. Taste. If it’s not longer bitter, peel if you would like or just eat it! If it’s still bitter, continue rubbing. We have been using this method for years and it always seems to cure the bitterness for us! Hope it works for you as well!
Also, in the background all blurred out you can see all of my scraps… well living on a farm and raising animals gets expensive so why not save all of your scraps? These cucumber peelings are going to go to the chickens! They love them! Granted they would rather you just slice the cucumbers in half and through them out to them so they can eat the seeds, but still they love all of our vegetable scraps. By the way, our chickens are free-range. I mean how else would we raise chickens!? They keep the bugs down, catch all those snakes and spiders that I’m like deathly afraid of. Yes, I love my chickens! Anyways, back to the Cucumbers & Onions.
When I make Cucumbers & Onions I make them in glass quart jars. The vinegar smell/taste does not get retained in glass like it does Tupperware, but if you’re going to eat them rather quickly it shouldn’t make a difference. How many cucumbers and onions you choose to use is completely up to you. If you’re not a fan of onions and just want cucumbers, go right ahead and make them with just cucumbers! Since I use a quart jar I tend to use 2-3 cucumbers depending on the size and roughly one onion. Like I said before though, it’s all up to you how many you want to use, but make sure whatever container you’re using that it’s full. The recipe that I will be providing will for one quart jar.
So, you have those cucumbers and onions handy now. Peel. I like to slice my cukes in about 1/4″ slices (if you have a mandolin in your kitchen, this would be the perfect time to use it). Also, cut the onion in 1/4″ slices and then cut each slice in half.
Place half of your cucumbers in your container, followed by all of the onion and remaining cucumbers.
Mix 1/2 cup sugar, water and vinegar together. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour over your vegetables in the container. I use a knife to gently poke through the cucumbers and onions to make room for the liquid to make its way to the bottom. Then I place on my flat and ring and give it a little shake and guess what?! You’re done! I usually let them set for a couple hours or over night to let the juices soak in.
Our family’s favorite way to eat these is in a bread and butter sandwich. So delic!! You should really give it a try! Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 3 medium cucumbers
- 1 onion
- Combine sugar, water and vinegar in a measuring cup and stir until sugar is dissolved
- Season sugar mixture with salt and pepper
- Peel cucumbers and slice in 1/4" slices (if you have a mandolin on hand, dig it out and use it!)
- Slice the onion 1/4" thick and then cut in half
- Place half of the cucumbers in the bottom of a quart jar
- Top with all of the onion
- Place remaining cucumbers over the onions
- Pour sugar mixture over the cucumbers and onions
- Using a knife gently poke through the cucumbers and onions giving room for the liquid to reach the bottom
- Adjust seasonings to your liking
- Cover with a lid and give the jar a little shake to make sure all the liquid has made it's way through
- **When measuring my water and vinegar I do so in a 2-cup measure and then add my sugar (saves on dishes)**
- **You can change the amount of liquid, cucumbers and onions to your preference depending on taste and the size of container you're using**
- **Try these bad boys on a bread and butter sandwich**