My mother got this from her sister, Martha. It's a tried and true pickle recipe. It's very similar to recipe #17490 on recipezaar. Sometimes I don't always have 2 gallons of cumcumbers but will make if I have gathered enough for 1 gallon but I go ahead and make the syrup and save it and use it on the next batch. Since the syrup has vinegar and sugar in it it will be alright and I don't even refrigerate this syrup.