how do you turn cucumbers into pickles:- 4 pounds pickling cucumbers, sliced 8 cups thinly sliced onions,1/4 cup salt ,3/4 cup water ,4 cups sugar 2 cups cider vinegar Combine cucumbers, onions, salt and water in two large bowls. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours. Do not drain. Add sugar and vinegar; stir until sugar dissolves. let it stand for 5 days then you can eat it.