All the Pretty Pickles


Pints of Sweet Gherkins right out of the canner.

I’ve been hankering after Sweet Gherkin pickles for awhile–home-canned, not from the store! Sweet Gherkins are my favorite pickles to snack on. This year we finally achieved both a good cucumber crop AND picking them small enough–and I have my home-canned Sweet Gherkins!

It takes five days to make them (the recipe says wait overnight or 6 to 8 hours between changing out the pickling liquid, but I just waited overnight every time) and it’s worth it. Each day’s effort changing out the pickling liquid only takes a few minutes. On the final day, you just can them in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes and you have pickles! They look really pretty in the jars, too.

Up next, I’ll be canning bread and butter pickles then some sweet relish. You?

(You can find the recipe for the Sweet Gherkin Pickles here.)


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  1. Mountain Blessings says:

    Your pickles look soooo good! I bet they are wonderful. :yes:

  2. wvhomecanner says:

    Beautiful pickles Suzanne! Have never made the gherkins. Do not need another BBB but wanted to comment :happyflower:


  3. collector1 says:

    Pickles look wonderful! BBB please — Thank you!

  4. GrammieEarth says:

    YUM! BBB please.

  5. cricketjett says:

    BBB please.

  6. Michele-lee says:

    I actually came here today hoping to find pickle recipes- no lie! Made some refrigerator ones yesterday, but I suspect the cucumbers are a little too big. I’d love to get into real canning. BBB please.

  7. Granny Trace says:

    :chicken: your pickles look wonderful. I have been making garden pickles and kosher dills.
    so fun filling the shelves.
    Granny Trace

  8. prayingpup says:

    I canned my very first pickles, ever, last week. I was amazed at how easy it was! It would have been helpful to have a BBB there beside me! BBB please!

  9. GaPeach says:

    BBB, please!

  10. Kathy in FL says:

    The pickles look great. BBB, please.

  11. justdeborah2002 says:

    yummm pickles………BBB please!

  12. enjay says:

    Enter me in the BBB Please!

  13. Praiz says:

    Ooooh, I planted Boston Pickling Cucumbers this year for pickle making – and I love to eat cumbers too. I have only made refrigerator pickles so far, but want to can some also. Your pickles are so pretty. BBB please.

  14. countrygirl221 says:

    The pickles look very tasty! BBB please πŸ™‚

  15. Greengourd says:

    mmmmmmm… I love pickles! Please enter me in the BBB!

  16. kelly jo kirby says:

    I would love to win this BBB book. I tried to make pickles one year for the first time and they came out soft. They tasted like pickles but they sure wasn’t a success. I have not tried since. This book would really help me alot.

  17. Dorette says:

    They look absolutely beautiful – am looking to make some zucchini bread and butter pickles and zucchini relish this weekend. Would love the new BBB book – pretty please? Thank you!!!!

  18. donnadreams says:

    Bet they are great. Good thing its small jars. I would not be able to stop eating them. BBB, pretty,pickle,please

  19. ashmmorgan2 says:

    I’m just moving onto my new little farm this weekend and won’t have a garden from which to can yummy pickles until next year…But I can’t wait!!! BBB Please :woof:

  20. bsanglen says:

    I would totally LOVE to own this book…this is my first year to try canning and I want it to go right and have no idea what to do!! BBB…..

  21. JD says:

    Your pickles look delicious!!! BBB

  22. cclear1959 says:

    Gotta try these…beautiful. BBB please!

  23. hastyj says:

    :shimmy: Go Suzanne!!! PRETTY PICKLES!!! I’d love one of those fabulous BBB Books. Please put me in the drawing. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  24. Kathi says:

    The pickles are bee-you-tee-ful.

    My grandma always made garlic dills. There is nothing better.

    My cousin grows cukes to make pickles, but she is stingy with hers. For example, she is willing to share once in awhile, but only the old ones. I think she is up to giving away 2004 pickles this year. Ugh. Not snappy and crispy!

    BBB, yes!

  25. mammaleigh says:

    I would like to get the recipe for the sweet pickle relish, I just made up a bunch of dill pickles and still have a ton of cucumbers coming in. I would also like to be entered in to the BBB drawing too!

  26. debg says:

    Lovely Pickles. BBB Please.

  27. gerryvoland says:

    I wish I had cucumbers in my garden! BBB please!

  28. TinaBell says:

    Hah! I just bought my own copy of the BBB yesterday! I finally have 4 pounds of cucumbers to make a batch of bread and butter pickles, and I’m going to put jalapenos in them to try and mimic a certain restaurants “Hell Fire Pickles”. Wish me luck!

  29. marymac says:

    those look so good, now I want to make some! BBB please.

  30. City Kid in St. Paul says:


    BBB, please.

  31. lattelady says:

    I love kosher dills, and zucchini relish. NO BBB, just wanted to way how much I enjoy your postings.
    Heading to Seattle/Everett area tomorrow, with a load of strawberry/rhubarb jam, strawberry jam, and the Victoria sauce.
    Probably make me turn around and come back if I forgot those. πŸ˜‰
    Well, off to check out your diabetic recipes.

  32. pdelainey says:

    BBB Please :clover:

  33. momtoadiva says:

    Gorgeous!! BBB please :purpleflower:

  34. sparkles2307 says:

    BBB please! It looks like this year I might actually get enough cukes to pickle!

  35. Laurielee says:

    I’d love to win this, BBB Please :yes:

  36. cabynfevr says:

    They ARE pretty! BBB Please. Does the name Cade Brock ring a bell? πŸ˜€

  37. Rosemeri says:

    BBB please. Your pickles look wonderful.

  38. scollard says:

    They are certainly gorgeous! Somehow, somewhere, over the winter I misplaced my Ball Blue Book (which was getting outdated anyway), so I need another one! Please enter me in your drawing — BBB, please!! Thank you! :heart:

  39. CrystalGB says:

    Your pickles look great. I would love to have the BBB.

  40. joeyfulnoise says:

    I’m going to check the garden and pick them while they are little this time – looks great! BBB please!

  41. mrsdmahogany says:

    I am so wanting to can and pickle, but it frightens me so much!! Hopefully, if I win a BBB it will help! BBB please! :butterfly:


  42. leann says:

    Pickles are on my “have to can” list. My family loves dill pickles and will eat all that I can before it’s time to can again. BBB, please. :happyflower:

  43. okstormy says:

    Love the pretty pickles!

    BBB Please!

  44. azladychef says:

    BBB please
    Thanks Suzanne and Never Yield Gear!
    Pickles….mmm…one of my fav things…

  45. siegreich says:

    I want the BBB!!!! Please…..

  46. Blessed2BHome says:

    Beautiful pickles! We are just finishing off the last few jars of dill pickles from last year and are waiting on our cucumbers for this years crop.

  47. Liz Pike says:

    They look delish, Suzanne!!! I’m jealous πŸ˜‰

  48. Bonnie S. says:

    BBB, please!!!

  49. HomesteadJen says:

    BBB Please! And I am so far disappointed by our cucumber crop (1 measly cucumber).

  50. Blessed2BHome says:

    Oh and I forgot to add… BBB Please???

  51. wanda1950 says:

    I really really need a new BBB! Almost out of last yrs. pickles. If you haven’t tried the old south lime pickle recipe it’s also worth the trouble.

  52. MelW says:

    Can’t wait,bread n butter are my favorites. Could also use BBB please.

  53. melonhead says:

    I’d like the BBB, please and thanks! :wave:

  54. lavenderblue says:

    Praiz mentioned Boston Pickling cucumbers. Is there one type of cucumber that is better to pickle than others? I don’t have the room for it, now, but even when I did, I never had good luck getting cucumbers to grow, even though we grew squash and melon in the same soil. Wouldn’t they like the same nutrients? Maybe a forum topic, huh?

    Congratulations, ashmmorgan, on getting your farm. (I do hope I got your name right) May you grow an abundance of cucumbers, next year.

    BBB, please!

  55. jeepdriver says:

    Looking at those pickles made my mouth water. BBB please

  56. wannabee says:

    BBB please! And your pickles look great!

  57. CarrieJ says:

    Pickles….mmmm…BBB please!

  58. farmershae says:

    BBB please!!

  59. clh063538 says:

    BBB Please!

  60. Vicki in So. CA says:

    Your pickles look GREAT! I planted late and still haven’t got a cuke big enough to pick.
    :happyfeet: Waiting… waiting… waiting… Meanwhile, BBB please.

  61. Darlene in North GA says:

    Oh, I’d LOVE to win the BBB. I’d like to make bread and butter pickles this year.

  62. Debbie says:

    Would love to win the Ball Blue Book!

  63. renee on the move says:

    Beautiful pickles. BBB,pls.

  64. Ms.Becky says:

    thanks to Never Yield Gear for sponsoring this giveaway. Suzanne those pickles look so delicious, they look like dill, not sweet gherkins, but I’d take either kind. BBB!

  65. debby68 says:

    Those pickles are beautiful!!! Looks like they were worth all the work! BBB Please!!! :ladybug:

  66. cotswolds93 says:

    I LOVE PICKLES!!! Please pick ME for the BBB!!!

  67. DebbieInMemphis says:

    YUM PICKLES!! I used to love just eating my grandmother’s straight out of the jar…I need to look for her recipe and make some. BBB please πŸ™‚

  68. romanyp13 says:

    Your pickles look great! I would love to win the BBB!

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