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Jul 13, 2017

3 Day Pickles

A very dear friend called me up the other day and offered me cucumbers from her garden. I had thought that after the fig canning episode, I'd not be canning anything else anytime soon. However, I couldn't turn down those cukes!
Three days and sixteen pints later I'm a happy camper. I think I've shared the recipe before but I've sped up one or two things along the way.
You will need:
4 gallons or 50 thinly sliced cucumbers
2 packages of canning lime
1 gallon apple cider vinegar
8 lbs. sugar
4 Tablespoons salt (no iodine)
4 Tablespoons pickling spices
1 bag of ice 
  • Mix lime with 2 gallons of water in a very large cooking pot. After lime is dissolved add sliced cucumbers. At this point, I place several plates on top of the cucumbers to weigh them down, then cover with the top of the pot or a clean dish towel. Let stand for 24 hours.
  • Rinse lime mixture from cucumbers until water is clear. I use to rinse them in my kitchen sink but this took forever. Now, I set up a portable table outside, using the water hose and several big colanders, the rinsing takes only a few minutes with little fuss.
  • Next, pour ice over cucumbers which cools the lime process even more. This will take about 3 hours.
  • During that time mix sugar and vinegar in a pot.  To add the pickling spices cut an eight inch square of cheese cloth, pour the spices into the middle and secure with a twisty or rubber band. Place into sugar/vinegar mix.  Stir the mixture often until sugar is dissolved.
  • After three hours are up, rinse ice from cucumbers and add the sugar/vinegar/spices to the cucumbers. Weigh them down and cover. Let stand for 12 to 15 hours.
  • Now it's time for the canning process. I do the hot bath method but you can do whatever you choose. 
  • I know this is a lot but it's worth all the effort.  BTW, you can always cut the recipe in half!! Experiment by adding different spices.


Vicki H said...

The jar of pickles looks so pretty. Isn't it fun to have all the jars lined up to admire. I haven't made pickles in years.

Gene Black said...

The pickles look good, but it seems like a lot of work.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

mmmmm - I love pickles and I used to make them all the time. Now we live in an apartment we have nowhere to keep them. I miss my cold cellar!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Rhonda
First, Thank you for my give-a-way prize. It came yesterday and I put it with material that I am collecting that might be landscape quilt material.

I used to plant a garden and can what we grew until I went to work full time. All my jobs usually grew into 45+ hours a week which didn't leave time for gardening OR canning. I doubt I will ever can again, but I admit what I canned was far better than what is sold in the store. PICKLES in the store can NEVER compare with home canned pickles..that I can attest to.
XX, CArol


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