Kelli called me the other day and asked if I wanted cucumbers. Her boyfriend’s mom had cucumbers and wanted to find a home for them. I said sure. The cucumbers in our garden didn’t do the best and I didn’t get many so this was perfect. The next day I had 2 FIVE GALLON BUCKETS of cucumbers. I saw that they were all large. I remembered a recipe that called for large cucumbers for making what is called Stickles so I thought I would give it a try.
Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try. 5 qt. pickles 1 c. lime 1 gal water SYRUP: 2 c. water 2 c. vinegar 5 c. white sugar 1 T. salt 1 1/2 T. pickling spice (tied in a bag) Wash peel, seed and cut cucumbers lengthwise. Soak in lime water overnight, enough to cover cucumbers. Next morning, was them in clean cold water 3 times. Cover with cold water and let stand for 3 hours. Drain and cover with cold syrup. Let stand overnight. Next morning, bring to a slow boul and let them simmer until they look clear. Ladle into jars, hot to seal. This is a good way to use up those fat cucumbers. They are delicious. We ended up with 22 quarts. Hubby loves them so all is good.