Sweet Gherkins

Sweet Gherkins created by Sally

This recipe is on several internet sites so not sure who really to give credit to but did not see anything like it on Zaar. I looked at it and thought "Oh Brother" but it was worth it. Really it was! Super little sweet crunchy gherkins!

Ready In:
120hrs
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directions

  • Wash cucumbers, blossom, ends removed. Use the littlest ones you can find!
  • FIRST DAY:

  • In the afternoon, place cucumbers in large bowl and cover with boiling water; let stand 6 hours or overnight.
  • SECOND DAY:.
  • In the morning, drain cucumbers and cover with fresh boiling water. Let stand 6 hours.
  • In the afternoon, drain cucumbers; add salt; cover with fresh boiling water.
  • THIRD DAY:.
  • In the morning, drain cucumbers; prick with fork. Combine 3 cups of the sugar, 3 cups of the vinegar, herbs, and spices (except vanilla extract) in a pan. Heat to the boiling point and pour over cucumbers.
  • In the afternoon, drain syrup mixture into a large pan; add 2 cups of the sugar and 2 more cups of the vinegar. Heat to boiling and pour over cucumbers. Cover and let stand.
  • FOURTH DAY:.
  • In the morning, drain syrup mixture into a large pan; add 2 cups of the sugar and 1 cup of the vinegar. Heat to boiling and pour over pickles.
  • In the afternoon, prepare jars. Drain syrup mixture off pickles into large pan; add remaining 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract (if using) to syrup; heat to boiling. Pack pickles into clean, hot jars. cover with hot syrup leaving 1/2 inch head space; seal. Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
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"This recipe is on several internet sites so not sure who really to give credit to but did not see anything like it on Zaar. I looked at it and thought "Oh Brother" but it was worth it. Really it was! Super little sweet crunchy gherkins!"

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  1. jax_springstead
    Hi there! I was just wondering when it calls for 1 inch cinnamon sticks oh, does it mean 1 in in length or 1 in thick?
  2. traftnt
    My gherkins seem to be shriveled as I’m beginning the day four steps…is this normal? They look like they’re collapsing in on themselves!
  3. traftnt
    I’m so excited to be trying this recipe as gherkins are my favorite. But 2 questions…1) do I just toss the spices into the syrup loose or do I need to make a cheese cloth pouch for them? (I’m fine with loose if it won’t mess up the recipe!). 2) I’m not sure that all of my cukes are as fresh as I wish they were (my neighbor brought me some of hers) so should I add pickle crisp (food grade calcium chloride)to each jar at the end to ensure they stay crispy?
  4. Susann R.
    I even added the extras. This is definitely better than store bought and a real keeper!
  5. Carol R.
    The recipe calls for 8 cups of sugar but I count only 7 when going thru the steps. Did I miss something?
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