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Friday, August 19, 2011

Sweet Pickles

Another of my mother's recipes.  I am not a huge pickle fan, but if I do eat pickles these are the ones I love.  Sweet but not too sweet, delicious.

4 quarts cucumbers sliced about 1/8 inch thick
6 C. Vinegar
3 TBSP salt
1 TBSP mustard seed
3 1/4 C sugar
2 1/4 tsp celery seed
1 TBSP whole allspice

in a covered pot simmer cucumber slices in 4 C vinegar with salt, mustard seeds and 1/4 C sugar, for about 15 minutes, or until the slices turn slightly yellow.  Drain and discard the cooking liquid.  Spoon the slices into clean, hot pint jars.

Bring to a boil, 2 C Vinegar, 3 C sugar, celery seed and whole allspice.  Pour over the pickles.  Adjust the lids and process in boiling water bath canner for 5 minutes.  (makes 5 pints)

These take a bit more time but are so worth it, so good.

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