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Old 08-25-2008, 09:03 PM   #1
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My grandma's pickles

My Gram passed away almost 3 years ago and until this year I couldn't bring myself to make these. While I was canning them the other night I was in tears just thinking about how proud my gram would have been to know I was carrying on with something she did every year. I thought my DD was going to eat them all before I got them in the jars. These are 3 of the 18 I've got done so far and i have another gallon and 1\2 going.

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Old 08-25-2008, 09:18 PM   #2
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What kind are they?
My sister used to make pickles. They start out sweet, but have a good kick to them burnwise. Stickier than heck. I ought to ask her for the recipe. She's the only person I can think of that ever made pickles in my family. I think it's pretty neat you carrying on your grandmother's tradition. I don't think anything has ever been handed down or passed on in my family. Tradition is nice.
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She called them icicle pickles. They might be like your sisters, sweet but have a kick and stickey is an understatement. If you want the recipe let me know. easy to make, but they take about 10 days to complete.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:55 PM   #4
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Send it on!
I've been meaning to try my hand at pickling. And pickling pickles seems like the best place to start.
Now I gotta get me some jars.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:57 PM   #5
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Yes, please post it. I love pickle recipes.

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The first thing you do is get a current copy of the Ball Blue Book of Preserving, the "bible" for preserving food, and/or go to National Center for Home Food Preservation and read everything.

Then you make sure you NEVER use those antique spring-clip glass jars for canning, but get the "mason" jars and 2-piece lids. Then you get a Boiling Water Canner to actually process your food so that bacteria is killed and your jars are safe to store on the pantry shelf.

If you really want to learn the ins and outs of preserving your food (canning, refrigerating, freezing, and dehydrating), you can take a short course for free at the National Center for Home Food Preservation at the above referenced link. Go about halfway down the page for the info. It's a self-study course at your own speed. If you successfully complete the 4-part course you will get a Certificate.
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:16 PM   #7
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mcnerd, I'm sure you are posting just to keep mikki safe but boy did your post sound harsh.

mikki, just make sure you keep your pickles cold and they will be fine. Eat 'em quick (not like that will be a problem with those beauties!) too.

mcnerd has some good tips for you as well. I haven't pressure canned, I stick with just the regular plain old boiling water stuff and we're all still alive.

Actually, just found a jar of pickles that must be about 9 years old. I will see if the seal is intact and let you know what I found.

Don't forget to post that recipe for us mikki!
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:47 PM   #8
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Printed words always seem harsh. Not meant to be so they should not be read that way.

But I guess if you do something that will potentially poison yourself (or friends) there is no fun way to warn someone before they take the next step.
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:14 PM   #9
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Oh what a supreme compliment to your Grandmother! I'm certain she's smiling right now!

I know a woman who made the very very best crispest sweet pickles ever and I've always loved them - yes she gave me the recipe but I've lost it. But when I used them in Potato Salad they ended up looking blue the next day! Of course they were completely safe - Pickling is generally safe because of the acid level - but I gave some of my (very much loved I might add) potato salad to my neighbor and learned later that she'd picked out all of the blue bits .

Her husband used to plant an acre for oher veggie garden and she worked so hard to preserve all that produce! But I don't think in all of the years they were married that she bought produce in a grocery store! He hunted and fished and I believe they didn't buy meat in a grocery store often either - of course their house was paid for as he paid as he built and so they never knew what a mortgage was - somehow that's something we should all go back to - wouldn't that change our country? NOT buying on credit???

Sorry that's a whole 'nother subject.

Please post your pickle recipe!!!!

I abandoned my garden this year so I'll have to buy some cukes but I love pickles!
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Ok I understand all the hoohaw on bacteria and everything, My Gram used those jars forever and I have used them helping her(Never gooten sickand neither has anyone in our family) I have also used the mason jars and have had to throw out some jars because they didn't seal. I have never had a problem with the old jars and I have to use a knife to pop the seal on them. To each is own you can use whatever jars you prefer.
I will post the recipe for all to enjoy!!!!
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