(yield : 1 quart)
2 pounds small pickling cucumbers or small zucchinis
1/4 cup of sliced onions (optional)
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1/8 -1/4 cup sucanat raw sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp sea salt
To ensure the cucumbers stay firm, soak for 2-4 hours in ice water prior to brining.
Trim the ends, and slice the cucumbers or zucchini into thin discs. Pack tightly into your jar. In a saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt and spice blend. Bring to a boil. Pour hot liquid over cucumbers leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Process by canning if desired or store directly in fridge. Try to wait 1 week before tasting, as the flavor becomes more balanced with time!
Image: Stacy Spensley