Quick-Pickled Cucumbers and Onions

The pickling process requires patience and perseverance. This quick pickling recipe illustrates the point and sets the pickling process apart for other possible preserving prospects. (Now try saying that three times fast!)

In episode 4 we showed you how to make fermented pickles. That process takes days. If you don't have that kind of time and need pickles pronto, try this recipe for making quick pickles.

Makes about 4 cups
1 pound small, seedless cucumbers, cut into ¼-inch rounds
1 bunch spring onions, cut into rings or 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 (12-ounce) bottle unseasoned rice wine vinegar 
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place the cucumbers and onions in a 1-quart jar with tight-fitting lid. Bring the vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar and salt dissolve, about 2 minutes. Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumbers and onions, making sure the vegetables are submerged.   Cover and refrigerate until chilled before serving. Store covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week.