Dissolve salt in cold water and pour over prepare vegetables. Let stand at cool room temperature for 12-18 hours (overnight).
Drain completely. Add spices, red pepper, and sugar to vinegar. Boil this liquid for 3 minutes. Add vegetables and bring all to a boil. Immediately pack in sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Remove air bubbles. Adjust caps and process in boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Yeild: 6 pints
I use pickle crisp, a new product Grandma didn't have. It makes these pickles even crisper and better. Pickle crisp is available at most stores that sell canning products. If you use it follow directions for amounts indicatd in package.