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Sweet Gherkin Pickles

Submitted by: suzanne-mcminn on May 25, 2011
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Sweet Gherkin Pickles

My favorite sweet little pickles. Recipe from the BBB.

Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 8 pints

Prep Time: 4 days   Cook Time: 10 minutes BWB  


8 pounds 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inch cucumbers

1/2 cup canning salt, divided

8 cups sugar, divided

6 cups vinegar, divided

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

2 teaspoons celery seed

2 teaspoons whole mixed pickling spice

2 sticks cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon whole allspice


Wash cucumbers; drain. Combine 6 quarts boiling water and 1/4 cup salt; pour over cucumbers. Let stand 6 to 8 hours or overnight.

On second day, drain. Combine 6 quarts boiling water and 1/4 cup salt; pour over cucumbers. Let stand overnight.

On third day, drain. Prick cucumbers in several places. Combine 3 cups sugar, 3 cups vinegar, and turmeric in a large sauce pot. Tie whole spices in a spice bag; add spice bag to liquid. Bring to a boil. Pour hot liquid over cucumbers; let stand 6 to 8 hours. Drain cucumbers, reserving liquid. Add 2 cups sugar and 1 cup vinegar to liquid. Bring to a boil. Pour over cucumbers; let stand overnight.

On fourth day, drain, reserving liquid. Add 2 cups sugar and 1 cup vinegar to reserved liquid; bring to a boil. Pour over cucumbers; let stand 6 to 8 hours. Remove spice bag. Drain cucumbers, reserving liquid. Add 1 cup sugar to liquid; bring to a boil. Pack pickles into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. BWB 10 minutes.

Categories: Boiling Water Bath, BWB Pickles & Pickled Stuff, Canning, Preserving

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  1. 8-6

    Suzanne, what size cukes did you use to make your gherkins? I’ve got 2 bushels of cukes but they’re 3 – 4″ inches long and I was wondering if they would work.

    • 8-6

      Yes, they will, kellyb! You can see in the pic on the recipe that mine were anywhere from 2 to 4 inches. The recipe says 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inch, but I didn’t have many that were that small. For the bigger ones, the only time in the process it really matters is when you prick them. I pricked the bigger ones more.

  2. 8-6

    Thank you for your quick response. My DH loves gherkins and none of my cukes are that small. I thought the pictures of yours sure made them look about the size of mine.

  3. 6-17

    tried these at the party on Sassafras Farm yesterday and they are WONDERFUL! Now to find me some tiny cukes!


  4. 8-2

    These look just wonderful! What kind of cucumbers do you plant to get these little cucumbers? I think I planted Sumter cukes. I need to plant way more next year to get enough at one time for pickles and just wondered what kind of cucumber worked well for these. THANK YOU!

  5. 8-6

    Love this recipe … but I have to ask … when it says drain each of the 3 days, does that mean drain and rinse? The reason I ask is I followed a recipe and it only said drain, when it should have also said rinse. It was so salty, I had to throw out all the jars I made. So I’m a little cautious now. Thanks.

  6. 7-20

    Thanks for the recipe. Any issues with doubling the brine?

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