Article: Lucile's German Chunk Sweet Pickles: Helpful Recipe

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By Patricia Roberson on July 25, 2010

In the late 1930's, my mother-in-law, Lucile Roberson, scribbled her recipe for German Chunk Sweet Pickles in the back of her Watkins cookbook. She was nearly eighty when Robert and I married. When we decided to plant a vegetable garden, she passed the well worn cookbook and the traditional pickle making to us. These pickles really are quick and easy to make, even though the process is spread over twelve days from start to finish. ----- Wait a minute! Come back! Please! You don't actually work on them every day! ---- When I was young, I thought twelve days was a ridiculous amount of time to wait for pickles, but I soon realized that my husband's pickles, made from his mother's recipe, always disappeared from the relish tray and my extra quick sweet pickles, made using pickling lime and green food coloring, were ignored by guests. Lucile's pickles are now the only sweet pickles we ever make.

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Mmccallon
Jul 9, 2020 7:37 AM CST
So very glad I found this recipe as I had just opened the last jar of pickles my mother canned in 2010. I had her recipe, but it was very vague for a novice pickle maker. When I found this recipe, I knew I had hit paydirt. I think the only difference between this recipe and hers was the water/vinegar/alum soak for her was just 2 days, and she used 10 cups of sugar when making the syrup. So I took the basic info from you and used her recipe for syrup and will do the last heat and can tomorrow. I did have to give one a taste last night and it was really good.

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