If you like
sweet pickles you'll love this recipe. I've been making these for
several years now and I still get orders for them from family and
friends. If you grow your own cucumbers you've probably got a bunch
sitting on your counter and don't know what to do with them by now.
Get an empty gallon pickle jar or what ever kind
you can find. It should be a glass one though. Clean it real good
with hot soapy water as you would for caning.
Gather enough cucumbers to fill the jar when
they're sliced. Wash them good and slice them thin. Put them in the
jar so you can see how many to slice packing them down as you go.
When the jar is full dump them into a clean bowl, cover them with
water and a 1/2 cup of salt, stir, and put them in the ice box for
at least 8 hours. Stir them around again every couple of hours or
when you think of it. Wash the jar out again with hot water.
Hint: Slice another cup of cucumbers and
put them in the soaking bowl. Once they're soaked they soften a
little and you will be able to pack more in the jar than you started
After the soaking is done and you're ready to process them do the
In a pot put 5 cups of white vinegar and 5 cups of
sugar. Put the fire on low and dissolve the sugar by stirring. Never
boil the vinegar. Then add the following:
1/2 tsp. Ground Turmeric
2 Tbs. Mustard Seed
1 Tsp. Celery Seed
Continue to heat for about 10 minutes, turn the
fire off and let sit for about 30 minutes to cool. Stir every so
While the liquid is cooling drain the water from
the cucumbers and rinse them a little to get the excess salt off of
them. Pack the cucumbers in the gallon jar and put the jar in the
sink. Pour the liquid (seeds and all) into the jar, put the cover on
and shake it around. Let it sit on the counter for a few days. Shake
the jar three or four times a day.
They're ready to eat after sitting for 2 days. You
can now either put the gallon jar in the ice box, or, you can
transfer the pickles to clean quart or pint jars. If you transfer
them pour the liquid from the gallon jar to fill the smaller ones
1/2" from the top. Be sure the liquid covers the pickles. In
any case they must remain refrigerated.
I've never tried "canning" them so I
don't know if it would work. You should however clean whichever
glass containers and covers you use with hot soapy water and rinse
with hot water.
Bread-N-Butter Pickles go well with fresh sliced
tomatoes on a sandwich.
Eat well, live well....