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How do you make Cucumbers and Onions in Vinegar???

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Hi - I love this board and all of the help in the kitchen! I want to make cucumbers and onions in vinegar. My mom used to do this - I know there was vinegar and water -- what else and what porportion?? Thanks in advance. i need to use up some of the cukes from the garden!

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nantucket ­shore1310676193.4835642 PostsRegistered 10/14/2007

You are correct....equal parts water and vinegar plus a tablespoon or two of sugar.

Enjoy....probably the easiest thing to do.

My grandma used to make them with sour cream too.....half of pint of sour cream, a Tablespoon of cider vinegar, salt, can add dill weed, and a tablespoon or two of mayonnaise....this was one of those recipes that you just added and knew...never actually wrote it down.

Shelbelle1310676322.87734713 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

My mom adds in a few cloves to the liquid.

LuvAutumn1310676465.9731641 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northeast Ohio

http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1650,159174-237202,00.html

This is the way I like to make mine!!!

~Luv~

puttersmom1310676820.63123 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008

Thanks so much for the help! Can't wait to make them!

Katey12611310677126.7533058 PostsRegistered 8/30/2008Texas

My Mother made these too. I always loved them nut, because I didn't knowthe ratio I haven't attempted to make them. what ratio per one or two cucumbers?

LuvAutumn1310677680.5671641 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northeast Ohio
On 7/14/2011 Katey1261 said:

My Mother made these too. I always loved them nut, because I didn't knowthe ratio I haven't attempted to make them. what ratio per one or two cucumbers?

Hi Katey, Here is how I made a small container last week.

1 large cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (3 cups)

1/4 cup vinegar

2 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp celery seeds

1/4 tsp dill weed ( some times I don't use the dill)

1/3 cup thinly sliced onion

~Luv~

lavenderju­nkie131067919213072 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

You can substitute a small amount of Equal or other artificial sweetner for the sugar, if you want. But use very little and let the flavors develop for a few hours, then taste, and see if you need more. I start with 3 packets of Equal (less if using Sweet n Low) to a cup of water and a cup of vinegar.

I also scrape out the seeds of the cucumber with the back of a spoon. And I peel the cucumbers too.

Gooday1310679904.32310384 PostsRegistered 1/20/2008
On 7/14/2011 LuvAutumn said:
On 7/14/2011 Katey1261 said:

My Mother made these too. I always loved them nut, because I didn't knowthe ratio I haven't attempted to make them. what ratio per one or two cucumbers?

Hi Katey, Here is how I made a small container last week.

1 large cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (3 cups)

1/4 cup vinegar

2 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp celery seeds

1/4 tsp dill weed ( some times I don't use the dill)

1/3 cup thinly sliced onion

I make mine exactly the same way. Yummmmm. And, big burps too.

GoodStuff1310680875.95715146 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

I slice sweet Vidalia onions and separate them into rings, and trim and peel cucumbers, cutting off outer peel in strips, leaving green unpeeled strips, then slice cucumbers so slices have pretty "striped" edges. Put onion rings and cucumber slices in a bowl and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Italian herbs. In a separate bowl, whisk together some olive or vegetable oil, mild rice vinegar, and a little sugar. Pour dressing over onions and cucumber slices and toss together. Delicious!

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sarpy1310681150.131595 PostsRegistered 6/29/2006

Peel or not the cucumbers. I use about 4. Also 1 med. onion.

Slice thin, spoon on about 5 tablespoons of sugar or splenda, add salt and pepper.

Let sit about 4 hours till the water drains out of the cucumbers and drain the water off.

Use a small carton of sour cream and add enough vinegar to make a gravy like sauce.

Pour on cucumbers.

Done.

You can use more cucumbers if you have many from your garden. Just add more onion.

I also make more sauce, about double the above amount.

sarpy1310681266.131595 PostsRegistered 6/29/2006

Goodstuff: What Italian herbs are you talking about?

scoutgirl1310684560.254238 PostsRegistered 5/25/2011

Oh ladies thanks.

My grandmother used to make these all the time, fond memories.

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forrestwolf1310691913.2376025 PostsRegistered 6/20/2010Deep in South Georgia

I have been eating some all week. I slice my cucumbers in my bowl, cover by 3/4's apple cider vinegar/and /or red wine vinegar, and then water to cover, sprinkle with salt and plenty of fresh ground black pepper, put on lid, and shake well, and refrigerate, and shake when you are walking by. You can always add onions, I just personally do not eat raw onions{#emotions_dlg.bored}

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lavendersa­ge1310692606.9735304 PostsRegistered 3/25/2009

I use cucumber and onion~ sliced thin, water, vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar...I don't measure..just add and taste, add and taste until it tastes good! Smile I make it and let it sit on the table for about an hour or more before the meal.

~ lavender ♥

ranna1310693312.803338 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007

i always add a can of draind beets.

happy hous­ewife1310693464.831960 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007
On 7/14/2011 nantucket shore said:

You are correct....equal parts water and vinegar plus a tablespoon or two of sugar.

Enjoy....probably the easiest thing to do.

My grandma used to make them with sour cream too.....half of pint of sour cream, a Tablespoon of cider vinegar, salt, can add dill weed, and a tablespoon or two of mayonnaise....this was one of those recipes that you just added and knew...never actually wrote it down.

i make it exactly like your grandma.i don't really like the sweet & sour kind.

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Sister Gol­den Hair1310694347.28314544 PostsRegistered 7/18/2008

I put fresh tomatoes in mine too! Yum I heat the vinegar, water and sugar then let cool. Just mixes better.

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lavendersa­ge1310694658.5975304 PostsRegistered 3/25/2009
On 7/14/2011 ranna said:

i always add a can of draind beets.

hi ranna...I love beets...I never would have thought to add them to this...I'll have to give it a try...we've got a lot of cucumbers now....thank you!

~ lavender ♥

DiAnne1310698194.2035739 PostsRegistered 9/22/2010

I slice a hot house cucumber into very thin slices in a bowl and cover with seasoned rice vinegar. Very refreshing in the summer. If you do not have seasoned rice vinegar just add a little sugar to regular rice vinegar.

kitkom1310727885.8575646 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 7/14/2011 lavenderjunkie said:

You can substitute a small amount of Equal or other artificial sweetner for the sugar, if you want. But use very little and let the flavors develop for a few hours, then taste, and see if you need more. I start with 3 packets of Equal (less if using Sweet n Low) to a cup of water and a cup of vinegar.

I also scrape out the seeds of the cucumber with the back of a spoon. And I peel the cucumbers too.

Thanks for the sugar/Equal conversion. I'm diabetic and anytime I see sugar in a great recipe I think I can't make it. I just bought a bunch of fresh cucumbers at my local farmers market and wanted to make something good with them. These recipes sound perfect!

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erblst1310735154.1272531 PostsRegistered 5/19/2008Central NH

My Dad was our cook growing up, and was a great Polish cook. He made the cukes with sour cream, but I prefer the vinegar method - I NEVER have added sugar, ever - just cukes, vinegar (apple cider or wine) and a bit of water....sometimes onions, sometimes beets, always pepper and DH salts his....

Once in awhile I'll put an oil & vinegar type homemade dressing on just for something different.

I would think adding sugar would make them taste more like pickles! JMHO.

Nan41310751004.261 PostsRegistered 7/15/2011

Hi, not sure about cukes and vinegar, but, my grandmother use to make cukes with sour cream and paprika. Peel and slice cucumbers very thin, place in a shallow bowl, add diced onion and salt. Mix. Place a plate ontop of the cucumbers and weigh down with a heavy can. Referigerate overnight. Pour off liquid. Add sour cream, a tsp. of vinegar, a little sugar, and paprika to color. Yum!

GoodStuff1310751779.85715146 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008
On 7/14/2011 sarpy said:

Goodstuff: What Italian herbs are you talking about?

Well......oregano and Basil are Italian standbys, and a sprinkle of either or both would be good with this. I also sometimes have pre-mixed Italian herb/seasoning blends sold commercially by companies like McCormick or others. I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants cook. I seldom measure and vary recipes according to my mood and what I have on hand, either fresh or dried. Recipes are more fun if they're not made the same way every time -- or at least it seems so to me. I like to play with food!

GoodStuff1310751891.01315146 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008
On 7/15/2011 Nan4 said:

Hi, not sure about cukes and vinegar, but, my grandmother use to make cukes with sour cream and paprika. Peel and slice cucumbers very thin, place in a shallow bowl, add diced onion and salt. Mix. Place a plate ontop of the cucumbers and weigh down with a heavy can. Referigerate overnight. Pour off liquid. Add sour cream, a tsp. of vinegar, a little sugar, and paprika to color. Yum!

My mom used to slice cucumbers, salt and pepper them, toss the slices with sour cream, and serve. Simple and very good!

annabellet­hecat1310752466.9314384 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006
My late husband loved this.

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