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Sweet Gherkin Pickles


Sweet Gherkin Pickles recipe













Low Fat, Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, High Fiber, Very low in sodium, Low Sodium


7 pounds cucumbers
11/2 inch or less
½ cup canning salt
or pickling salt
8 cups sugar
6 cups vinegar
5 percent
¾ teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons celery seeds
2 teaspoons pickling spices
2 cinnamon sticks
½ teaspoon fennel bulb
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Wash cucumbers.

Cut 1/16-inch slice off blossom end and discard, but leave ¼ inch of stem attached.

Place cucumbers in large container and cover with boiling water.

Six to 8 hours later, and on the second day, drain and cover with 6 quarts of fresh boiling water containing ¼ cup salt.

On the third day, drain and prick cucumbers with a table fork.

Combine and bring to boil 3 cups vinegar, 3 cups sugar, turmeric, and spices.

Pour over cucumbers.

Six to 8 hours later, drain and save the pickling syrup.

Add another 2 cups each of sugar and vinegar and reheat to boil.

Pour over pickles.

On the fourth day, drain and save syrup.

Add another 2 cups sugar and 1 cup vinegar.

Heat to boiling and pour over pickles.

Drain and save pickling syrup 6 to 8 hours later.

Add 1 cup sugar and 2 teaspoon vanilla and heat to boiling.

Fill sterile pint jars, with pickles and cover with hot syrup, leaving ½-inch headspace.

For more information on sterilizing jars see "Jars and Lids"

Adjust lids and process according to the recommendations in Table 1, or use the low-temperature pasteurization treatment.

(For more information see "Low-Temperature Pasteurization Treatment")

Table 1.

Recommended process time for Sweet Gherkin Pickles in a boiling-water canner.

Style of Pack: Raw.

Jar Size: Pints.

Process Time at Altitudes of 0 - 1, 000 ft: 5 min.

1, 001 - 6, 000 ft: 10 min.

Above 6, 000 ft: 15 min.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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United States

Will this recipe work with slices offer spears?

11 months ago

Why all the draining, waiting, redraining, re-waiting? Why not just put the pickles in a jar, pour the boiling brine of salt, vinegar, sugar over them (with spices) leaving a 1" headspace, put the lids on them, then put them into the canning tub for 10 minutes, then take them out and let them cool? Why all the BS?

9 months ago

United States

Yes, why all that, 4 day BS?

3 months ago

When the sugar is added in stages, it makes a totally different pickle. Sweet all the way through..

2 months ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 173g (6.1 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 17181% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 139g 139%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Sugars g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 43%
Calcium 16% Iron 14%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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