Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mae McKinnon’s Crisp Cucumber Pickles

Her handwritten recipe, circa late 1980's
Everyone, including those who don't particularly like pickles, always rave about these perfect pickles.  This recipe is handed down from one of the most amazing women to have ever walked this earth.  You simply must try's a must I tell you!

Slice 7lbs cucumbers.  Soak in 2 cups lime and 2 gallons of water for 24 hours.
  Wash good and soak in ice water 2 or 3 hours.
Mix together:
2 quarts vinegar (white preferred)
4 ½ lbs sugar
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp pickling spice
1 tsp mace
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp all spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 stick cinnamon (chopped)
1 tblsp salt

Bring to boil and cook until sugar is dissolved. 

Pour ice water off and drain well.

Pour boiling mixture over cucumbers

– Let stand overnight and then cook next morning for 35 minutes.

Put into jars and seal.

My darling daughter placing the seals atop each jar.

**** I realize that this recipe is a little vague but it is posted exactly as my grandmother wrote it down on paper however; I do remember my mom and grandma using large coolers to do the mixing and soaking in.  If you need assistance with how to seal jars, refer to the mason box when you purchase the glass jars and lids, the info is there.
Pickles completed!  Now share with those you love!

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