Cool as a Cucumber - No Can Pickles!

Love the idea of canning but can't stand the thought of spending the day over a hot steaming kettle?

Then this recipe is just for you!
It's an oh so easy, no canning required, solution to home made pickles.

Just like Granny's but much, much easier.
Old fashioned comfort food that whips up a small, modern family, size batch in no time flat.

And, if you use a canning jar to store these pickles, they'll think you went to an awful lot of work and trouble.... just the kind of recipe I like!!

"Un-Canny" Quick Sweet Pickles
Real "Bread & Butter" pickle taste without canning!

Makes about 1-1/2 cups pickles

1 pound pickling cucumbers  (See Karla's tips below)
1 cup sugar
1 cup white vinegar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds

Wash cucumbers well under tepid running water.  Drain. 

Trim about 1/4 inch off each end of each cucumber removing both the stem and blossom ends. Discard trimmings. 

Slice cucumbers 1/4 inch thick.  Put slices into a heat safe bowl. Cover slices with boiling water.  Let sit, lightly covered, at room temperature 2 hours.

Drain cucumbers. Do not rinse. Pack slices into a canning jar or other heat safe container with a tight fitting lid.

Combine remaining ingredients in a pot. Cover. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, to dissolve sugar. 

Pour boiling liquid over cucumber slices. Cool slightly and cap. 

Refrigerate at least over night before eating to allow flavors to develop. 

Keeps several weeks in the refrigerator.  Do not store at room temperature.

Karla's Tips:

It is important too use "pickling cucumbers" when making pickles. If you use "salad cucumbers" the pickling brine will not penetrate the cucumber properly. 

Pickling cucumbers are not waxed.
Most grocery store cucumbers are called "salad" cucumbers.  

Salad cucumbers are waxed to prevent moisture loss.  
The wax on salad cucumbers may not always be visible.

Pickling cucumbers are small (about 4 inches in length or less) and stocky.
Their seeds are small and tightly connected to each other.

Salad cucumbers come in all sizes, shapes and lengths.

Upscale grocery stores sometimes stock or can order pickling cucumbers.  Ask if you do not see them.

Farmers' Markets are usually the best place to get pickling cucumbers.


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