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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sweet Pickeled Cucumbers

Am I boring you yet with all this food preserving talk?

2-1/2 pounds 3-inch pickling cucumbers, well-scrubbed and quartered into spears (about 12 cups spears)
4 cups cider vinegar
4 cups sugar
1/4 cup kosher salt
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
3/4 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 heads dill
2 medium sweet white onions, halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into 12 1/2inch-thick slices
7 whole cloves

Place cucumbers in a large bowl.

In a large saucepan, stir together vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, celery seeds, cloves and pepper. Bring to a boil over a high heat, stir to dissolve sugar. Pour hot vinegar mix over sliced cucumbers. Allow to sit until cool enough to touch.

Put dill and 1 slice of onion at the bottom of each of your sterile jars.

Pack into sterile quart jars. ladle vinegar mix over cucumbers in the jar, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Process in hot water bath for 5, 10, 15 minutes depending on how high you are from sea level.

Got leftover juice? Pickle sweet peppers the same way, or make sweet cucumber relish.

Onto other things. I was finally able to milk Eddie, our most recent cow mom. I pulled a quart, and allowed the calf, Urth, to have the remainder.

11 comments:

Wren said...

These sound good! Do you also make bread and butter pickles? I used to open a jar and eat them like other people eat chocolate!!!

Robbyn said...

I never get tired of your recipes...home-canned foods = bliss :)

Kathie said...

How could food preservation talk ever be boring? Love it and thanks for sharing all your recipes!

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

Boring?.....um no.

MeadowLark said...

Never boring!

If I hate sweet pickles, might I like these or bread and butter pickles? Right now I'm trying to make some "fermenting" pickles, but not much is happening. Trying to find a different pickle recipe I might like.

Wren said...

Meadowlark, I"m not sure. They are sweet, but with more of a mixture of flavor. I like them better than regular sweet pickles. I'd be happy to share the recipe if you want it. I also have one for 100 day pickles, and I think a couple of dill recipes. I'd be happy to share, if our hostess doesn't mind.

MeadowLark said...

Please do! (if that's ok) or drop me an email over at my house or put them on your blog (which I see you don't have) :)

Wren said...

Here you go Meadowlark. I do have a blog, just not on blogger. ;-)

http://texaswren.livejournal.com/372456.html

I'd love to hear how they turn out if you try them.
Aunt B is in the early stages of Alzheimers now, but I know she would love to hear that someone else had made her favorite recipe.

MeadowLark said...

Thanks Wren. I couldn't comment there so am (again) hijacking someone else's post. :)

Wren said...

Hm, I left it open, so you should have been able to comment. Anyway, good luck.

Phelan, ;-) Sorry for the hijack. You're welcome to the recipes too, but I think you may already have them. ;-) I think they are on Wren's Crossing.

Phelan said...

Wren, I do make them. You should know I don't mind the hijacking.

Robbyn, other peoples stuff+bliss doing it yourself....ummm. . .

Kathie, it could get boring as people are coming here not just for food. But it is canning season, I try to warn people.

Tim, good.

Meadowlark, I hate sweet pickles as well, but my husband loves them. I will be making Dills next large harvest. Hijacking is fine with me.

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