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momofdrew

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THis receipe was given to me by a 85 year old lady in 1971
Mrs Park's Crisp Pickle Slices
bread and butter type

In large kettle combine

4 qts cucumbers sliced thin
6 med. onions sliced thin
2 green peppers chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup kosher salt
cover with cracked ice; mix thoroughly; let stand 3 hours; drain well; remove ice
Combine 5 cups sugar
3 cups cider vinegar
1 1/2 teasp tumeric
1 1/2 teasp celery seed
2 Tablesp mustard seed
Pour over cucumber mixture
Heat just to boil
Seal in hot sterilized jars: to sterilize jars, seals and lids wash in warm soapy water, rinse well, boil in water to cover jars for 10 minutes
If jars fail -can be refrigerated

edited to add that these are very crisp and if you sterilize the jars and it seals well they can last on the shelf for a year but in my house they dont last that long...
 

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I read somewhere that horse radish leaves and oak leaves can also keep pickles crisp, but I didn't bookmark the site.

If you can get your hands on the book "the joy of pickling" there are great recipes in there. My local library has it and I have checked it out a few rimes.
 

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I would like to try using grape leaves this year to make our pickles crisp. This morning while out in the woods with the dogs I spotted a vine that looks like wild grape but I'm not very good at plant identification. Do these leaves look like wild grape to you?



 

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They sure do look like wild grapes. Do you see some clusters of tiny, green grapes?
 

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lesa said:
They sure do look like wild grapes. Do you see some clusters of tiny, green grapes?
I don't see any clusters now but I seem to remember some last year. If I decide to try some leaves do I dry the leaves first or just pick 'em and use 'em green?
 

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vfem said:
I must say my favorite is dill and mustard. Mmmm...
Thanks for the recipe! I used it today on cucumbers and hungarian wax peppers. My in-laws are visiting next weekend so we'll probably open the peppers and one jar of the pickles.

The recipe was enough for 7 pint jars. (I had to add a little water at the end, but the jar of peppers wasn't full and took extra liquid, so I think it would have worked out otherwise.)

I also used lesa's tip about the grape leaf -- I happen to have 'wild' muscadine grape vines here (the prior owner apparently relocated them and built them a trellis) so I just snipped off some leaves, rinsed them off and stuck them in the jars.

These poor cucumbers had been dehydrating under the ceiling fan in my kitchen for a week, so I'm not expecting much, but I'm glad I got to do *something* with them before they landed in the compost bin.


110626_5481 by wsmoak, on Flickr

-Wendy
 

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Yep, you can use them fresh. Just rinse and stick in jar. When you dump the pickles (for serving) the leaf looks kind of ugly- so I just remove it. But, those pickles are crisp! I have one little cuke right now....
 

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It's been a long time since I've done any of this. Not nearly as daunting as I made it out to be. Things went pretty smoothly, although I'm sure it would have been a contender for "Americas Funniest Videos" if one was standing back watching. :ep I've never been one to stand on appearances anyway.

Here is the current Pickle Palace :weee


Keeps the heat out of the kitchen. Between boiling water and the vinegar, definitely better in open air.

Using a slight variation on "momofdrew" recipe I got 7 beautiful pints


In about a month and a half I'll let you know how they taste if I still have internet.

Thank you all for the recipes. This is only the start.

henry
 

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Wonderful! Love the outside kitchen-that really makes the whole process more bearable! Enjoy your pickles!
 
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