Mum's Sweet Mixed Pickles

Sue Fitzpatrick


I loved these. Especially the little onions :) Mum would make a special little jar for me of just onions and cauliflower.

As I got older she continued this little tradition every year xo

Now as I've mentioned in other recipes of hers, she didn't leave me with any methods of doing things, so I only have what I have and no personal knowledge (other than eating them lol)

I hope those of you who do can, try this. I think it's worth it!

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1 gal
mixed vegetables (cauliflower, small pickling onions, cucumbers)


1 gal
1 c
pickling salt
alum (a salt compound for firming and crisping pickles)


6 c
white sugar
1 qt
vinegar (4 cups)
2 Tbsp
pickling spice (tied in a cheesecloth bag)

How to Make Mum's Sweet Mixed Pickles


  • 1Wash and floret caulifower, peel off any dry layers from onions, cut cucumbers and place them all into a large enamel canner.
    Mum used to slice the cucumbers in quarters - lengthwise, then cut those quarters into 1" pieces.
  • 2Brine:
    Boil one gallon of water then add 1 cup of pickling salt to it. Pour hot over vegetables and cover.
  • 3Day 2: Change brine (do not rinse vegetables)
  • 4Day 3: Change brine (do not rinse vegetables)
  • 5Day 4: Drain brine and cover vegetables with boiling water and 1 tablespoon of alum. (do not rinse vegetables)
  • 6Day 5: Drain and thoroughly wash vegetables under cold water. Pack vegetables into sterilized jars. Fill them to the neck of the jars.
  • 7Syrup: In a pot, add sugar, vinegar and pickling spice. Boil 5 minutes, pour over vegetables and seal jars.

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About Mum's Sweet Mixed Pickles

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Canadian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian