I bet you might be wondering what else to do with those cucumbers that are coming out of your ears right about now. Before you throw them in the compost, or give them away. Why not put some away so you can enjoy them later. I love both recipes, but if I had to choose one over the other -hmmmmmm, well…… I can’t. They are both good eatin’. 🙂 The first recipe was passed down from my great Aunt Nez (short for Nathalie). She was a good old southern woman from Jackson, Mississippi. The second recipe was given to me by my Nanaw (maternal grandmother).
Aunt Nez’s Bread and Butter Pickles
25 to 30 medium cucumber, sliced thin
8 large white onions, sliced thin
2 green peppers chopped
1/2 cup salt
Mix above ingredients and let stand for three hours. Drain.
Combine and bring to a boil:
5 cups cider vinegar
5 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons mustard seed
2 teaspoons tumeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Add cucumbers and heat, but do not boil. Pack in sterilized jars and seal with heated 2 part (lid and ring) seals.
Nanaw’s Limed Ice Water Pickles
7 pounds cucumbers
2 quarts white vinegar
8 to 9 cups sugar
1 package pickling spice
1/2 cup salt
Scrub, wash and slice cucumbers into rounds. Soak overnight in 2 gallons water mixed with 2 cups pickling lime.
Rinse cucumbers until water is clear and all lime is removed. Soak in ice water for two hours. Pour off water. Cover with vinegar, sugar and salt. Add spice which has been tied in a piece of cheesecloth or sheeting. Cook in enamel pan until clear and green. Pack in sterilized jars and seal with heated two piece lids.
Ya’ll Enjoy! 🙂