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Quick Pickles

These pickles are tart and sweet from a brine of apple cider vinegar and sugar. They are delicious on sandwiches or as a side to grilled meat.

Serves 10
Ready in 25 mins
Prep time 20 mins
Cooking time 5 mins
94 calories per serving


> 1 (14 oz) pkg mini cucumbers
> 1/2 tbsp salt
> 1 cup sugar
> 2 cups apple cider vinegar
> 1/2 tbsp whole cloves
> 1 star anise


Slice the cucumbers into ¼-inch rounds and toss in a large, glass bowl with the salt.
Meanwhile, set the sugar and apple cider vinegar in a saucepan with the cloves and star anise. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 min.
Allow the apple cider vinegar mixture to cool slightly before pouring mixture over the salted sliced cucumbers. Allow mixture to steep, 10 min. (For a more intense flavor, leave cucumbers in brine longer.) Serve pickles chilled or immediately at room temperature. Pickles will last for 3 days, covered, in the refrigerator.


Adjust salt to your taste.

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