Grandma's Spicy Sweet Pickles

"Good old fashioned pickles from Grandma. This recipe is nearly 100 years old, passed from generation to generation. These are great pickles, and really very easy."
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Ready In:
168hrs 15mins
1 batch




  • Slice cucumbers about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Pour salt over cucumbers.
  • Pour enough boiling water over all to cover.
  • Stir and let stand 8 hours or overnight.
  • Drain and discard brine.
  • In a saucepan, combine vinegar, 1 cup sugar, spices and alum.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Put cucumbers in a large glass jar or plastic bucket with lid or a stoneware crock.
  • Pour boiling vinegar mixture over cucumbers.
  • Cover and let stand.
  • Next day, and each consecutive day for 5 days total, stir in one additional cup of sugar.
  • Do not reheat when sugar is added.
  • At the end of the 5th day, pickles are done and may be stored in covered jar.
  • Do not seal jars.
  • Pickles will keep indefinitely and get better with age.

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  1. hi donna. my name is pat and i want to thank you for the wonderful pickle recipe. it wasent only very,very tasty but it was easy too. rite up my ally. what i would like to know though is can i put them in a jar with a lid and put them in the fridg. to keep. i dont want to processes them just cover them so they stay fresh till thanksgiving. your friend for ever lal pat
  2. I discovered this recipe several years ago and have used every summer. . I have even been known to take my jar full of pickles camping just so that I could add the sugar each day. The pickles are absolutely delicious and crisp. I get raves everywhere I take them. I have kept them more than two years and they still taste as good as the day that I pickled them. Thanks Donna for this recipe I love it! If you have any other recipes from your grandmother, I would love for you to share them.



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