Sweet Gherkin Pickles

Recipe by Busters friend
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READY IN: 97hrs 30mins
YIELD: 6-7 pints
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Wash cucumbers. Cut 1/16-inch slice off blossom end and discard, but leave 1/4-inch of stem attached. Place cucumbers in large container and cover with boiling water.
  • Six to 8 hours later, drain and cover with 6 quarts of fresh boiling water containing 1/4-cup salt.
  • On the second day, drain and cover with 6 quarts of fresh boiling water containing 1/4-cup salt.
  • On the third day, drain and prick cucumbers with a table fork.
  • Combine and bring to boil 3 cups vinegar, 3 cups sugar, turmeric, and spices. Pour over cucumbers.
  • Six to 8 hours later, DRAIN AND SAVE the pickling syrup.
  • Add another 2 cups each of sugar and vinegar to the pickling syrup and reheat to boil. Pour over pickles.
  • On the fourth day, drain and save syrup. Add another 2 cups sugar and 1 cup vinegar. Heat to boiling and pour over pickles. DRAIN AND SAVE pickling syrup 6 to 8 hours later.
  • Add 1 cup sugar and 2 tsp vanilla to the pickling syrup and heat to boiling.
  • Fill sterile pint jars with pickles and cover with hot syrup, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
  • Adjust lids and process as below, or use the low temperature pasteurization treatment (see link provided above).
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