Sweet and tangy pickle chipsSweet and tangy pickle chipsPhoto: Miriam Kresh

Sweet and tangy pickle chips

Crunchy and delicious, these chips make for a refreshing snack.


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  • Yield: 3 pounds
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Sorting through my folks’ kitchen shelves before my mom’s move, I discovered an old newspaper clipping. It was a recipe for pickle chips. I’d never considered making this, but it looked so easy that I had to try it. I did, and liked the pickles very much indeed. Now see if you like them.

The first few lines of the clipping had been cut off, so I can’t credit the author, but the date is Friday, June 30, 1978.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds fresh, firm cucumbers
  • 4 large onions
  • kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • Optional: 1-3 dried chili peppers

Directions

Sweet and tangy pickle chips(Photo: Miriam Kresh) 

Use a large pot for this preparation. The vegetables take up a lot of room.

Rinse, but don’t peel the cucumbers. Slice them into thin circles; set aside.

Peel and slice the onions thinly. Set aside.

In a colander or sieve placed atop a large bowl (to catch the juices), put down alternate layers of cucumbers and onions, salting each layer generously before adding the next.

Drape a towel over the colander to keep insects off, and leave the vegetables alone for 3-4 hours.

When you’re ready to prepare the pickles, do this:

Put all the ingredients from the sugar on down into the large pot.

Bring the mixture to a vigorous boil, then reduce the heat to medium.

Add the cucumbers and onions. Simmer for 3 minutes.

Pour the hot mixture into a large jar – put a wooden spoon in it first, though, to prevent it from shattering. Cover and allow to cool.

Refrigerate for 24 hours. The pickles will then be ready, although they improve with a few more days in the fridge.

The pickles will stay crunchy and good for a long time. Not that they’ll stay around a long time: If your family likes pickles, they’ll love these.

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