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Eight-Day Icicle Pickles

Eight-Day Icicle Pickles

  • Prep

    3 h
  • Cook

    1 h
  • Ready In

    7 d 5 h
Tammylou

Tammylou

When I was in Grade 3, my teacher had our class make these...my mom copied the recipe, and I have hung on to it ever since!

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 78 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 20.1g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 1740 mg
  • 70%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Day 1: Place the cucumbers into a large (10-quart) jar or pickle crock. Stir the pickling salt and 16 cups of water (or as needed to cover the cucumbers) into a large pot, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the salt is dissolved. Pour the boiling salt mixture over the cucumbers, and cover the crock with a cover or dinner plate.
  2. Days 2 and 3: Stir the pickles and brine once each day. Cover the crock each time.
  3. Day 4: Pour off the brine. Bring 16 more cups of water to a boil, and pour the boiling water over the pickles. Cover.
  4. Day 5: Pour off the water from the pickles again, and bring alum and 16 cups of water to a boil. Stir until the alum is completely dissolved. Pour the boiling water-alum mixture over the pickles. Cover.
  5. Day 6: In a large pot, boil 16 more cups of water with the sugar, pickling spice, vinegar, and food coloring. Pour the water-alum mixture from the pickles and discard, and pour the boiling sugar mixture over the pickles. Cover.
  6. Day 7: Pour off the syrup from the pickles, but retain the syrup. Transfer the syrup into a large pot, bring to a boil again, and pour over the pickles. Cover.
  7. Day 8: Pour off and retain the syrup again, and transfer into a large pot. Reboil the syrup over medium heat. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the pickles into the hot, sterilized jars, and pour the boiling syrup in, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.
  8. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary until the water level is at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot, and process for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.
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ScottFamily
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ScottFamily

8/5/2011

I just tried these for the first time and I am a little disappointed. They are not near as good as my great-grandmother's recipe for icicle pickles. It was fun to try a new version and do a side by side comparison, but from now on I will stick with our old favorites (which takes longer and has a stronger syrup). I followed the recipe except that I omitted the food coloring, as I didn't think it was healthy to add the extra dye.

Pesto
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Pesto

7/18/2013

My cucumbers have been very bitter this year and I hated to waste them all to the compost heap so I tried your recipe in the hope of salvaging them. Now that they are canned and cooling on the counter, I am prepping for the next batch to which I plan to add some hot peppers for a little zest. Not only did your recipe eliminate the bitterness, the pickles are yummy! I am a little bummed because all my jars sealed so I won't be putting a dud in the fridge to snack on. I need more jars :)

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