Sweet Gherkins

Sweet Gherkins

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 1440

Cook Time : 5760

Total Time : 7200

Ingredients

Serves 7-9

  • 5quarts cucumbers (Pickling cucumbers 1 1/2 to 3 Inch long)

  • 1⁄2 cup pickling salt

  • 8cups granulated sugar (divided through recipe)

  • 6cups distilled white vinegar (divided through recipe)

  • 3⁄4 teaspoon turmeric

  • 2teaspoons celery seeds

  • 2teaspoons pickling spices

  • 8pieces cinnamon sticks (1 inch)

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon fennel seed (Optional but good)

  • 1teaspoon vanilla extract (Optional but good)

Directions

  • 01

    Wash cucumbers, blossom, ends removed. Use the littlest ones you can find!

  • 02

    FIRST DAY:

  • 03

    In the afternoon, place cucumbers in large bowl and cover with boiling water; let stand 6 hours or overnight.

  • 04

    SECOND DAY:.

  • 05

    In the morning, drain cucumbers and cover with fresh boiling water. Let stand 6 hours.

  • 06

    In the afternoon, drain cucumbers; add salt; cover with fresh boiling water.

  • 07

    THIRD DAY:.

  • 08

    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.

  • 09

    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.

  • 10

    FOURTH DAY:.

  • 11

    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.

  • 12

    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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