Marinated Cucumbers ~ Tuesday’s Table

                             Tuesday’s Table


Yesterday, we had our first cucumber harvest of the season. We were so excited to see the first veggies come out of our little vegetable garden this year.  Cucumbers are always a favorite.  In years past I have canned dill pickle relish, sweet pickles, lime pickles, dill pickles, hot dill pickles and sweet pickle relish.  Lots of fun uses for the humble little cucumber.  

One of my most favorite cucumber recipes, is a variation of one that both my mother and grandmother whipped up every summer.  There are many variations of this yummy side dish…but tonight I wanted to share with you my favorite.  Marinated Cucumbers is a snap to make too, which lends it even more appeal. =)

Nothing transports me back to childhood quite as fast as the smell of freshly sliced cucumbers and tomatoes.  I can instantly see in my mind’s eye my own sweet mother in her pretty little half apron, standing barefoot in our kitchen.  She is keeping vigil over a hot steaming pot of boiling water.  Filled to the brim with jars of pickles in their garlicy, dill goodness or better yet her fabulous lime pickles.  I can remember lying in bed at night and listening to the ‘POP’ of those lids sealing on those still warm jars  underneath their blanket…a kitchen towel.  It is officially canning season, one of my favorite times of year. The garden is full and life is good.
                                            Some of our cucumber harvest. =)
Marinated Cucumbers

Ingredients:

Several medium sized pickling cucumbers
1 medium white or red sweet onion diced fine
2 or 3 tablespoons of freshly chopped dill (Sometimes I switch out the dill with celery seed or mint!)
**Optional* (I also like to add freshly sliced tomatoes when they are available.)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 to 2 cups cold water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
sprinkling of black pepper

Directions: 
1.  Slice the cucumbers thinly and sprinkle with salt and let sit for approx. 30 min. 
2. Combine all other ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
3. Add cucumbers to the bowl of vinegar/sugar brine.
4. Add a few cubes of ice, to help crisp up the cukes.
5. Marinate for at least a couple of hours, preferably overnight.
6. These keep very well in the fridge for at least a week! Yum!


                                           Marinated Cucumbers 

I hope your week is off to a lovely start. 
Blessings and Sunshine, 
Valerie



6 Responses to Marinated Cucumbers ~ Tuesday’s Table

  1. Denise says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I love cucumbers.

  2. You harvested cukes already?! Where do you live, Valerie?

    And thanks for your lovely post – aren't food memories rich? A scent evokes a scene, which evokes a feeling and the circle continues.

    I'm going to save your recipe for the day I can buy locally grown cucumbers as our original garden has become too shady from neighboring trees growing to dizzying heights! Your photo made my mouth water!

    Hope you get my comment. 😉

  3. Delvalina says:

    Dear Valerie,

    oh how blessed you are that you combined recipes from your mother and grandma 🙂 such a lovely memory!
    lets see, I never heard about recipes for cucumber so sometimes my mom only made cucumber juice for my dad as he has high blood pressure. But with your new recipe I can try with this one and that would be fun during summer!

    Thank you for coming and visiting – I've been so busy until July so I might not be able to blogging too much. I have two dresses of sewing and other sewing stuff that should be finished on July.
    you are sweet friend here.
    thank you.
    blessing to you my friend.

  4. Valerie says:

    Dear Denise,
    Thank you! Enjoy the recipe. =)
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  5. Valerie says:

    Dear Vickie,
    Yes, we are harvesting more and more every day! I live in sunny and very warm (at the moment) NC.
    Food always brings lovely memories along with it. =) Enjoy the recipe.
    The rains last year caused rain rot in our gardens around here…so glad for a good growing season this year.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  6. Valerie says:

    Dear Delvalina,
    Thank you so much for your kindness and lovely comments. Enjoy the recipe. I always enjoy visiting you on your lovely blog. You are so sweet to write such lovely things.
    Blessings and Sunshine dear friend,
    Valerie

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