Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
A recipe from my mother, who got it from her mother, whose grandmother came to the USA from Germany. A great many German immigrants settled in Wisconsin, and this dish is from the homeland. (At least that's what I've been told.) Refrigeration time not included in Time to Make.
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 lb sliced cucumber (pickling cucumbers work best)
- 1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings
- Slice cucumbers and onions. In a medium bowl with a lid, mix the cucumbers, onion, and salt, tossing to coat evenly. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.
- In a 1-cup measuring cup, combine sugar, vinegar, and water. (Add water just until the 1-cup mark, you may not need a full 1/2 cup water.) Stir to combine.
- After the cucumbers and onions have sat for at least half an hour, rinse off the salt.
- Then, pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumbers and onions and stir to coat.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Will keep for 1 week or more in the fridge with lid on. If they last that long!
I was not happy with the results of this recipe at all. At first glance, 3 tablespoons of salt seemed excessive, but I assumed the salt was mostly to draw out liquid, like brining, which I've done and liked, and most would be removed after rinsing. Still, I used only 2 tablespoons instead of the 3 listed, squeezed out as much of the brine as I could both before and after rinsing, which I did twice before adding the marinade. I let the mixtue sit about an hour before I tasted it, and the cucumbers were still so salty they were inedible. To try and save it I rinsed out the marinade, poured fresh water over, let it stand about 1/2 hour, and then tasted it again. I had to do this 3 times before it was at a point I could add the marinade mixture again, let it sit and use it. It was still salty, but at least edible. I wonder if the amount of salt was correct?
This recipe is always a winner if you like cucumbers. I come from a German family, and this dish was on our family table as long as the cucumbers in the garden held out. Very good, refreshing.........and diet friendly too. Thanks for posting.......Donna