Sweet pickle
Canned Sweet Pickles made with honey – not sugar!!!

The last several weeks at “The Farm” has had it’s challenges.  It has rained almost every day, sometimes, all day.  This has limited the projects that we can complete outside, and has led to some ‘down time’.  I have to admit, down time in the middle of the summer, isn’t always a bad thing.  It usually gives us a chance to catch up on some inside projects that mostly go neglected until the winter months.

This week I used that time to go through some recipes that had been given to me when my Grandmother passed away in November.  I enjoyed seeing her handwriting and her side notes jotted down on the side of each card.  As I was going through them, most called for an extraordinary amount of white sugar, white flour and oleo.  As a side note, I asked the kids if they had ever heard the term ‘oleo’ and they looked at me as if I was making up a new texting acronym.  Oh, how have the times changed…..

sweet pickle
Use pickling cucumbers when canning pickles – you want to pick them when they still have the spiky bumps on their skins.

I did run across a recipe for sweet pickles that caught my interest. Now, to be honest, I am not a fan of sweet pickles, but Jim loves them.  I hesitated to make them before because of the amount of white sugar that every recipe I had required.  However, when I came across my Grandmother’s recipe for sweet pickles that required no white sugar and only sweetened with honey, I knew I had to give them a try.   And boy, I am glad I did!  Move over dill pickles…..time to make room in the canning pantry for sweet pickles!

Canned Sweet Pickle Recipe

Ingredients:

**These are the ingredients exactly how listed on my Grandmother’s recipe card – I have added her handwritten notes in parenthesis.

  • 4 quarts cucumbers, medium-size, sliced (about 6 pounds)
  • 1 1/2 cups onions, sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves (diced)
  • 1/3 cup salt (I used Kosher salt, not pickling salt)
  • 2 quarts ice cubes or ice chips (crushed ice)
  • 2 cups honey.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 3 cups white vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Wash cucumbers thoroughly and scrub with a vegetable brush. Drain on rack. Slice unpeeled cucumbers into 1/8 to 1/4 inch slices; discard ends. Add onions and garlic.
  2. Add salt and mix thoroughly, cover with ice cubes or ice chips and let stand three hours. Drain thoroughly and remove garlic.
  3. Combine honey, spices (in a spice bag), and vinegar. Heat just until boiling. Add drained cucumber and onion slices and simmer for 5 minutes. DO NOT BOIL.

    canned sweet pickle
    So good you can eat them right out of the jar!
  4. Pack hot pickles (and juice) loosely in clean, hot pint jars, leaving a half-inch head space.
  5. Process in hot water bath for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove and let cool.

Enjoy!!!

Mary and Jim

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Sweet Pickles - No sugar added
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Ingredients
  1. Slice cucumbers about 1/4 inch thick for perfect snacking size
  2. Slice cucumbers about 1/4 inch thick for perfect snacking size
  3. 4 quarts cucumbers, medium-size, sliced (about 6 pounds)
  4. 1 1/2 cups onions, sliced
  5. 2 large garlic cloves (diced)
  6. 1/3 cup salt (I used Kosher salt, not pickling salt)
  7. 2 quarts ice cubes or ice chips (crushed ice)
  8. 2 cups honey.
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seeds
  11. 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  12. 3 cups white vinegar
Instructions
  1. Place the ice cubes directly over the cucumbers and onions.
  2. Place the ice cubes directly over the cucumbers and onions.
  3. Wash cucumbers thoroughly and scrub with a vegetable brush. Drain on rack. Slice unpeeled cucumbers into 1/8 to 1/4 inch slices; discard ends. Add onions and garlic.
  4. Add salt and mix thoroughly, cover with ice cubes or ice chips and let stand three hours. Drain thoroughly and remove garlic.
  5. Combine honey, spices (in a spice bag), and vinegar. Heat just until boiling. Add drained cucumber and onion slices and simmer for 5 minutes. DO NOT BOIL.
  6. So good you can eat them right out of the jar!
  7. So good you can eat them right out of the jar!
  8. Pack hot pickles (and juice) loosely in clean, hot pint jars, leaving a half-inch head space.
  9. Process in hot water bath for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove and let cool.
Notes
  1. These are the ingredients exactly how listed on my Grandmother's recipe card - I have added her handwritten notes in parenthesis.
  2. Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms
Old World Garden Farms http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/
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8 thoughts on “Canned Sweet Pickle Recipe – With Honey, No Sugar

  • July 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm
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    How long do you allow them to sit before opening a jar to enjoy the fabulous flavor?

  • October 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm
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    I am very happy to find recipies without sugar! My husband cannot have sugar after a head injury so I have to hunt for recipes that are sugarless and still taste good.Thank you!

  • July 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm
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    Do you have to put the spices in a spice bag?

  • July 15, 2013 at 3:05 pm
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    These look very good. I have one question with the recipe. Part 2 of the instructions states “remove garlic”. Was the diced garlic cloves supposed to be in a spice bag during the ice water bath process or is the “remove garlic” written there in error?

  • July 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm
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    This sounds wonderful! I just made what I call Summer Pickles, (using yellow squash, zucchini, peppers, and onions) this morning.

  • July 12, 2013 at 11:44 am
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    Hoe many pints does this make?

  • July 12, 2013 at 8:51 am
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    What a wonderful way to Honor Grandma! She is in Heaven smiling down on her youngest grandchild.
    Mom

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