SUGAR PACKED PICKLES
I've been making these pickles for well over 30 years now. These sweet pickles are good for eating as well as using in potato and chicken salad. It's so much better than using bought relish.
How to Make SUGAR PACKED PICKLES
- Day 4: Drain cucumbers and place back into same pot or whatever you're using for soaking. Boil 1 gallon of vinegar plus pickling spice for 15 minutes. Pour over cucumbers and let stand for nine (9) days. Cover pot (or whatever you're using for soaking) with either a clean dish towel or paper towels but not a lid per se.
- Slice the cucumbers and put a layer into pot (or whatever you're using for soaking) and then a layer of sugar to completely cover the cukes. Keep layering cukes and sugar until all cukes & sugar are used ending with sugar to completely cover top. You may not need the entire 10 pounds of sugar. Use your own judgement.
- MY TIPS:
I like saving all size jars such as, jelly jars, molasses jars, etc to use for my pickles because they don't need to be sealed. I normally just use my canning jars because I have so many but my advice is to not use metal lids. The vinegar will make them rust. I actually save my mayo plastic lids because they fit perfectly on my canning jars.
If you have to use jelly or molasses jars, which doesn't come with plastic lids, be sure to put plastic wrap (double or triple) and then screw the lid on. Check them ever so often to make sure the lid isn't rusting. If it is, just replace with more plastic wrap. Hey, you can even use plastic wrap with a string or ribbon tied around it secure the plastic.