TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing YIELD: 10 pints.
When I first started to make these crunchy and satisfying freezer pickles, I wasn't sure if the method would actually work. To my surprise, they came out perfect! Now I make enough to take them to picnics or give as gifts to friends and neighbors. —Connie Goense, Pembroke Pine, Florida
4 pounds pickling cucumbers, sliced
8 cups thinly sliced onions (about 8 medium)
1/4 cup salt
3/4 cup water
4 cups sugar
2 cups cider vinegar
Rinse ten 2-cup plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly. Divide cucumbers, onions, salt and water between two large bowls. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours. Do not drain.
Add 2 cups sugar and 1 cup vinegar to each bowl; stir until sugar is dissolved. Transfer to prepared containers, leaving 1-in. headspace for expansion; freeze up to 6 months.
Thaw pickles in refrigerator 8 hours before using. Serve within 2 weeks after thawing.