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Sweet Gerkins

Russ Myers


This is one of those little tidbits of which you cannot just eat one.
A jar of these in our refrigerator will only last about two weeks
This is another of those recipes which I do not know where it originated but we have been using it for many years.

★★★★★ 3 votes
7 / 9 Pints


5 qt
pickling cucumbers, 1 1/2 to 3 inches long
1/2 c
pickling salt
8 c
granulated sugar (divided)
6 c
distilled white vinegar (divided)
3/4 tsp
turmeric, ground
2 tsp
celery seeds
2 tsp
pickling spices
pieces cinnamon sticks cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 tsp
fennel seeds (optional but good)
1 tsp
vanilla extract (optional but good)

How to Make Sweet Gerkins


  • 1Wash cucumbers, remove blossom ends. Use the smallest you can find
    3:00 in the afternoon, place cucumbers in a large bowl and cover with boiling water; let stand 6 hours or overnight
    5:00 in the morning, drain cucumbers and cover with fresh boiling water. Let stand for 6 hours.
    6:00 in the afternoon, drain cucumbers; add salt; cover with fresh boiling water.
    8:00 in the morning, drain cucumbers, prick with a fork. Combine 3 cups of the sugar, 3 cups of the vinegar, herbs, and spices (except vanila extract) in a pan.
    Heat to boiling point and pour over cucumbers.
    9:00 in the evening, drain syrup mixture into a large pan; add 2 cups of the sugar and 2 more cups of the vinegar. Heat to boiling and pour over the cucumbers.
    Cover and let stand.
    11:00 in the morning, drain syrup into a large pan; add 2 cups of the sugar and 1 cup of the vinegar.
    Heat to boiling and pour over pickles.
    12:00 Noon, prepare jars.
    Drain syrup mixture off pickles into a large pan; add remaining 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract (if using) to the syrup; heat to boiling.
    Pack pickles into clean, hot jars; cover with hot syrup leaving 1/2 inch head space; seal.
    Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

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About Sweet Gerkins

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom
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