Sweet Gerkin Pickles (canned)
A little info vitamin and minerals
Sweet gherkin pickles deliver small amounts of potassium, iron, vitamin C and vitamin A, but deliver a more impressive dose of vitamin K. A small sweet gherkin contains 7.1 micrograms of vitamin K. That's 8 percent of the 90 micrograms of vitamin K women need each day and 6 percent of the 120 micrograms men require on a daily basis. Vitamin K helps your blood clot normally. A medium-sized sweet gherkin delivers 11.8 milligrams of vitamin K and a large sweet gherkin supplies 16.5 micrograms.
- 8 pounds cucumbers, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long
- 1/2 cup canning salt, divided
- 8 cups sugar, divided
- 6 cups vinegar, divided
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric
- 2 tsp. celery seed
- 2 tsp. pickling spice, mixed
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 tsp. allspice
Instructions happen Over 4 days
- Day 1: Wash and drain cucumbers. Combine 6 cups boiling water and 1/4 cup salt. Pour over cucumbers. let stand 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
- Day 2: Drain cucumbers. Combine 6 cups boiling water and 1/4 cups salt. Pour over cucumbers. Let stand overnight.
- Day 3: Drain cucumbers. Prick each cucumber in several places. Combine 3 cups sugar, 3 cups vinegar and turmeric in a large saucepan. Tie other spices into a spice bag and add to liquid. Bring to a boil. Pour over cucumbers let stand 6 to 8 hours. Drain cucumbers reserving liquid. Add 2 cups sugar and 2 cups vinegar to reserved liquid. Bring to a boil. Pour over cucumbers.
- Day 4: Drain cucumbers reserving liquid. Add 2 cups sugar and 1 cup vinegar to reserved liquid. Bring to a boil. Pour over cucumbers and let stand 6 to 8 hours. Remove spice bag. Drain cucumbers reserving liquid. Add 1 cup sugar to reserved liquid and bring to a boil.
- Pack pickles into pint jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Ladle boiling liquid into jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust 2 piece lids and tighten with middle finger and thumb.
Processing time (boiling water bath)
When you make your own food, it reduces the cost and waste associated with pre-packed foods at the grocery store. Jars are reusable, which means you won’t have to worry about your old plastic jars and cans ending up n a landfill or the environmental imprint recycling facilities cause.
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