Fresh cucumber pickles

>> Monday, August 18, 2008

Recipe time! I grew up with these on the dinner table in the summertime but never appreciated them until now. This is a great, easy way to use fresh cucumbers. These quick pickles have a light vinegar flavor when freshly made that intensifies upon sitting. I like them better with the light vinegar flavor, and Ken likes them better when they've sat overnight in the fridge and have picked up a stronger flavor. Even better, my 4 yr old loves these!

Cucumbers are not the most nutrient packed vegetable, but they do have a few things going for them. The flesh is mostly water, but it also contains a good amount of vitamin C. If you leave the peel on, which sadly I usually don't because I tend to find it bitter, you'll also get a good dose of dietary fiber and silica, which is important for connective tissues like muscle. The peel also contains potassium and magnesium. (Man, I wish I didn't peel my cucumbers!)

Give these a try - they're a refreshing summer treat!

Fresh Cucumber Pickles
1/4 cup vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp dill seed
1 tsp mustard seed
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
cucumber, sliced
onion, sliced (optional)

Combine vinegar through sugar. Add cucumber and onion so that they're covered with liquid. Let set for about half an hour and enjoy!


Mark Salinas August 18, 2008 at 8:55 AM  

Thanks for the recipe...good stuff! :)

Melissa August 18, 2008 at 11:57 AM  

Hm. (New to the post) Now I think I ought to be tracking my HFCS consumption. I'm not a dessert person, nor a soft drink person...but still. I wonder how much gets into my diet.

POD August 18, 2008 at 4:34 PM  

My mom used to make these when I was a little kid. I have a ton of lemon cucumbers that I am growing. I'm going to try out that recipe.


cathy August 18, 2008 at 4:47 PM  

Melissa - it really is surprising where HFCS pops up, even without dessert and soda.

Mark and Pod - hope you like them! My husband just called while taking my son to swim lessons to tell me that my son was requesting more of these cucumbers. Gotta like that!

Hil August 18, 2008 at 5:39 PM  

This was one of my favorite summertime snacks as a kid. I only used vinegar and salt :)

Munchkins and Music August 18, 2008 at 6:12 PM  

Easy and healthy. I like it! Thanks for stopping by!

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great recipe, for long time I need some new ingredient for a good salad, now I got it, this combine with lettuce and tomato, some lemmon teaspoon and salt, mmmmm yeah!!!

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Melissa - it really is surprising where HFCS pops up, even without dessert and soda.

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