This is my own version of my Grandma Schatz' wonderful cucumber salad. I use "burpless" cucumbers because their seeds are tender and very edible, and their skin is so thin you don't need to peel them -- a real time saver!
Wash and slice cucumbers with thinnest setting on vegetable slicer.
Place in large bowl.
Add salt and toss cucumber slices.
OPTIONAL STEP: Pressing the Cucumbers.
Put a plate directly on top of cucumber slices in bowl. Place jars or cans on top of plate for weight to press the sliced cucumbers. Set the jars/cans inside a plastic bag to keep the salad sanitary, so they don't sit in the liquid. Let stand for about 20 minutes. Remove the weights and tip bowl and drain off liquid that has accumulated. Repeat process 2 more times, stirring each time before pressing.
Stir in sour cream, vinegar, pepper, sugar and chives.
Adjust seasonings to taste.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
If you skip the pressing of the cucumbers, the salad will still be delicious, but you'll have much more liquid in the bowl. Simply strain the salad with a slotted spoon when serving.