1. Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel saucepan, and stir to dissolve the salt and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
2. Using a ladle, slowly add the hot brine to the jars; be careful not to add it too fast to avoid cracking them. Add enough brine to cover the vegetables, and add water if more liquid is needed. Allow jars to cool, add lids, and store them in the refrigerator. Note that these pickles are not canned and should be kept under refrigeration. Best eaten after 2-3 days.