Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Best Old Time Sweet Pickles



I was out looking at the garden after the rain and noticed how quickly the garden jumped over night. It made start thinking about all the goodies I'll be canning and eating. One of my favorite things to make is pickles. For super quick and easy with a "bread and butter" style flavor, my Grandma's Super Easy Pickles are pretty hard to beat.


These take three days to make, but they’re worth it! I shared these with my friend Claudia and she gave a quart jar to her Dad, Mr. Johnson who proceeded to eat the whole jar in one sitting! He told her they reminded her of the ones his late wife Okaleen used to make. 

INGREDIENTS

  • Day One: Mix in a plastic pot--not enamel or aluminum!
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup lime
  • 2 tbsp. alum

DIRECTIONS

  • 1
    Add: 1 gallon cucumbers, washed and sliced
  • 2
    Stir frequently. Let sit for 24 hours.
  • 3
    Day Two: Rinse until water is clear
  • 4
    Mix 3 pints white vinegar
  • 5
    8 cups sugar
  • 6
    1/2 tsp. salt
  • 7
    2 tbsp. pickling spice (tie in a rag)
  • 8
    Pour over cucumbers
  • 9
    Stir frequently. Let sit for 24 hours.
  • 10
    Day Three: Bring to a boil, simmer for 20 minutes on low. Watch closely!!!
  • 11
    Put in sterile jars.

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