Monday, July 26, 2010

Back with Pickles

Well, it's been a few weeks since I last posted, but I made something new this weekend that I have never made before. I made sweet pickles. It's a family favorite that we love to make every so often. We enjoy it in our tuna, chicken, and potato salad. The pickles are sweet with a bite to them. Think about when you eat a SweetTarts candy or something like that and you have the sensation of eating one of these pickles. We have made them in small, bite-sized pieces and in long strips like I did this time. Hope you enjoy making them as much as I did.  :-)

Lime Sweet Pickles

7-8 lbs. Cucumbers (the big, yellow ones work best)
2 C. Pickling Lime
2 Galllons Water
3 T Salt
2 Qts. White Vinegar
10 C. Sugar
1-3 T Pickling Spice

Peel, seed, and slice cucumbers into the right length. Stir together water and pickling lime in a large bowl. Soak cucumbers for 24 hours. Rinse well. Cover with fresh water and soak for 3 hours. Mix vinegar, salt, and sugar in a large container. Measure pickling spice out onto a square of cheese-cloth. If desired, pick out any red pepper flakes. Tie cheese-cloth around spice. Place in vinegar solution. Soak cucumbers in vinegar solution overnight. Pour cucumbers and vinegar solution into a pot large enough to hold it, plus a little. Boil pickles in vinegar for 35 minutes. Pour in jars and seal.

Hope you enjoy them. :-)

God bless.