Homemade Sweet Pickles

1/2 cup non-iodized salt
Ice water to cover (about 2 quarts)
3 lbs. sliced Kirby (pickling) cucumbers
1 lb. sliced white onions
3 cups apple cider vinegar
4 cups granulated sugar
2 tbsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. turmeric
2 cups water

First, make a brine by adding the non-iodized salt to the ice water. Then, chill the cucumbers and onions in the brine for 1 hour. In a large pan, heat the vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, turmeric and water until boiling. Add the cucumbers and the onions and then cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until the pickles start to lose their color. Remove from the heat and let them cool in the liquid. Refrigerate in any nonmetallic container.