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Jun 13, 2014 6:06 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
I found this simple recipe on my favorite BBQ web site and made a batch yesterday with the intention of making it a part of my hamburger condiment buffet for our family and friends BBQ on June 21st. Only problem was within 4 hours of making them they were gone so I had to make another batch.

Recipe

Yield. Makes about 1 quart
Preparation time. 3 1/2 hours
Cooking time. 30 minutes

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds of small pickle cucumbers, about 3 to 5" long
2 tablespoons pickling spices
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
1 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar, 5% acidity
1 1/2 cups sugar

About the cukes. Regular cukes will work, but pickle cukes, about 3 to 5" long, work better because they have thicker skins and fewer seeds. You can make gherkins if you can get those little baby cukes. Just use them whole.

About the vinegar. Use only distilled white vinegar, not cider vinegar. Cider vinegar has too strong a flavor for this recipe.

About the salt. The amount of salt and vinegar are crucial in making pickles so if you must substitute another salt, use my conversion table.

About the pickling spices. Pickling spices are a blend of spices and the blend can vary from packer to packer. Click here for my recipe for pickling spices.

Options. You can add other flavors if you wish. I recommend you start with this recipe. Then, if you like, make another batch and add a small sliced onion, or 1/2 teaspoon of hot pepper flakes.


sweet sour pickle chips and slices

Method
1) Slice the cukes into 1/8" disks. Place the cucumber slices in a bowl. Sprinkle with the salt, and mix it all together. Put the bowl in the fridge for about 3 hours.

2) Take an 18 x 18" square of cheesecloth. Fold in half and again to make a smaller square 4 layers thick. Place the pickling spices in the center of the square. Bring up all the edges and tie them together to make a pouch, and tie it together with some kitchen string.

3) Put the vinegar and sugar in a saucepan, and add the pouch of pickling spices. Turn the exhaust fan on high or take this outdoors to the sideburner on your grill because the vinegar smell will be strong. Bring to a boil and back it down to a simmer and let the spice bag steep for about 30 minutes.

4) The salt will pull water from the cukes, so drain them in a colander, rinse off excess salt, shake off excess water, from the rinse and add to a very very clean quart jar. Pour the spiced syrup in while it is still hot, and fill until the pickles are submerged or within 1/4" of the rim. If there is extra syrup, you can throw it out. If you are short, don't worry. A few slices may float. That's OK, too. With a spoon knock out any big bubbles under the pickles. Seal tight, and chill. They can be used the next day but it takes a few days to reach peak flavor. Keep in refrigerator. They usually don't last long in my house, but I've kept a small jar for as long as a year in the fridge

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The only thing I did differently was to increase both the sugar and vinegar to two cups and instead of glass jars I used a big plastic container.

They were delicious


Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .

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