Time to make the pickles

Well our first cucumber crop has come in and we are spending the day inside making beautiful pickles!  It's a good thing since it's about 100 degrees outside.  Today we are making sweet pickles, dill pickles, spicey pickles and garlic pickles all made with fresh ingredients from our organic gardens.

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My favorite sweet pickle recipe.

Nellie’s Sweets

12-14 cups sliced cucumbers unpeeled

3 large onions

½ cup of salt

3 cups white vinegar

3 cups of sugar

½ tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp celery seeds

3 tbsp mustard seeds

In a large non-metallic bowl mix cucumbers, onion and salt.  Let stand at room temp for 3 hours.  Drain and rinse lightly.  In a large saucepan, combine remaining ingredients. Bring to boil and lower heat. Let simmer for 5 minutes.   Add cucumber and onion mixture and heat again just until it starts to boil.  Remove from stove and put into hot sterilized jars.  Lid and let cool.  Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.

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