I found an old coffee can filled with old recipes that my great-grandmother used from the 1920's through the 1970's. While I have yet to actually try any, I hope to this coming summer, as there are a LOT of recipes for preserves. Some of these recipes are handwritten, and many are torn from newspapers and magazines. Please enjoy, and let me know if you try any!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sweet Pickles

Wash the cucumbers and dry thoroly. If they are of assorted size pack the small ones in jars by themselves, halve the medium ones lengthwise, and the large ones, quarter lengthwise. Pack in sterilized jars. Cover with the following solution:

1 scant tablespoonful of saccharin powder
1 tablespoon of powdered alum
1/2 cupful of salt
5 tablespoonfuls of ground mustard
1 tablespoonful of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoonful of ground cloves
1 teaspoonful of allspice
1 cupful of ground horseradish
1 gallon of cider vinegar

Blend together the saccharin, alum, salt, mustard, and spices. Add the horseradish and vinegar, mix well and pour over the jars of cucumbers, keeping the mixture well stirred. Seal and store.

Mrs. E.J., Iowa
(From Successful Farming magazine, dated September 1930)

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