Artist Point: Homemade Sweet Pickles 1/2 cup non-iodized salt Ice water to cover, about 2 quarts 3 pounds sliced Kirby cucumbers 1 pound sliced white onion 3 cups apple cider vinegar 4 cups granulated sugar 2 Tbsp. mustard seeds 1 tsp. turmeric 2 cups water First, make a brine by combining salt and ice water. Then, chill the cucumbers & onions in the brine for 1 hour. In a large pot, heat the vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, turmeric and water just until boiling. Add the cucumbers & onions. Cook about 5 minutes, or until cucumbers/pickles begin to lose their color. Remove from heat and let cool in the liquid. Refrigerate in a covered on-metallic container.