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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Making pickles

Well today I finished the sweet lime pickles from yesterday. And oh my are they good. They are so crisp, more crisp than a Vlasic pickle if you can believe that. The recipe came from Paul in Kansas who posted the recipe on a forum that I frequent. So here is the recipe as Paul posted it.

Here's the pickle recipe that you asked for. It is a really good recipe. I only use sliced cucumbers for it.

Soak the following for 24 hours:
7 lb cucumbers
2 gallons water
2 cups lime
Rinse. Let set 3 hours draining.

Mix the following:
2 qts vinegar
4 ½ lbs sugar
1 T salt
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp cloves
Pour over cucumbers.
Let set 12 hours.

Bring to boil and simmer slowly for 40 minutes.

Pack in hot jars and seal.

(No pressure or hot water bath needed.

I hope you enjoy it. I know this recipe is at least 100 years old. It came from my great-grandmother that died in her 90's in 1944.
NE Kansas - 100% off-grid since May 1998.
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Yeah I know, I know it says to simmer them for 40 minutes and you are thinking this will make them soft. Well I am here to tell you it wont. I kept mine hot enough to see a few bubbles occasionally and they were like super crisp when I put them in jars. Just trust me and try em!
I went to the garden this evening and picked more PEPH peas and will get those shelled and canned tomorrow. It was cuke pickin day too so I started another batch of the pickles from the recipe above. Earlier today I tossed another bag of grapes in the freezer till I get time to make juice and jelly. Not much else happening here on the farm.
So till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.



Gracie said...

Hi Stella,
Was just wondering, do you wash, and take the grapes off their cluster stem, before you freeze them.
Thank You!

stella said...

Hi Gracie nice to see ya. Yes I do take them off before I freeze them. Then when I have enough to make a good deal of juice for jelly I will thaw them and crush to make the juice. Kinda a safe way to store fresh fruits and things till you have enough to make your jams and jellies.

small farm girl said...

I have been looking for a good lime pickle recipe. Thanks! I'm going to have to try it!

stella said...

Hey farm gal, please do try the recipe, an ya jus have to trust me, they will be brittle crisp. And so good. The second batch I made i did add some cinnamon sticks broken up because hubby likes the cinnamon flavor. Good luck with ya pickle makin.

Anonymous said...

after letting it set for 12 hours you just put it all in a stock pot and simmer for 40 min?

Just making sure.

Best Always