Sweet Icicle Pickle Recipe
This sweet icicle pickle recipe is definitely a lot of work, but I think if you are a pickle lover you will think it is worth every bit of it.
It really works best if you have a place where you can put the crocks aside and tend quickly to them on a daily basis as you will need to do.
Drain the cucumbers and rinse well. Cover the cucumbers with boiling water and let stand for 24 hours. Drain and cover the cucumbers with boiling water again, Let stand for another 24 hours and drain.
Combine the sugar and vinegar in a Dutch oven. Tie the pickling spices in a cheesecloth bag. Put the bag in the vinegar mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Pour the syrup over the cucumbers. Cover and let stand for 24 hours.
Drain the syrup and bring it to a boil. Pour the syrup over the cucumbers and let stand for another 24 hours. Repeat this procedure 4 more times.
Pack the pickles into hot sterilized quart jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Remove the spice bag and bring the syrup to a boil. Pour the hot syrup over the pickles, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Remove the air bubbles. Cover at once with metal lids and screw on bands.
Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Makes 3 quarts.
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Did You Know?...
I am not sure how often I would go through the process of making these sweet pickles, as they do take a LONG time.
There is not actually a lot of work each day for the most part, but they do take days to make.
If you have a garden though and your family loves pickles I think you will find it worth the effort, as they taste great.
In addition to this great icicle pickle recipe, you will find lots of jam, jelly and pickle recipes on the site here.
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