Sweet Pickles

This classic recipe came from a Better Homes and Gardens reader in 1952. Give them to all your pickle-loving-friends.

8 pints
10 mins
36 hrs
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Sweet Pickles

pounds pickling cucumbers
cups sugar
cups cider vinegar
tablespoons mixed pickling spices
teaspoons pickling salt


  1. Wash cucumbers and place in a large bowl. Add boiling water to cover. Let stand, covered, at room temperature for 12 hours. Drain. Repeat procedure 3 more times
  2. Drain cucumbers and cut into 1/2-inch slices; place in an 8-quart nonmetal container. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar, vinegar, pickling spices, and salt; heat to boiling. Cook and stir to dissolve sugar. Pour over cucumber slices. Cover and let stand for 24 hours.
  3. Transfer the cucumber mixture to an 8- to 10-quart Dutch oven or kettle. Heat to boiling. Remove from heat. Immediately fill hot, sterilized pint canning jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe jar rims, and adjust lids. Process the filled jars in a boiling-water canner for 10 minutes (start timing when water begins to boil). Remove jars from canner; cool on racks. Makes 8 pints pickles.

From the Test Kitchen

To Present This Gift...

Cut circles out of various papers to cover lids. Place paper circles on lids. Place a piece of netting over the lid, under the ring. Adjust ring on top of jar and trim off the extra netting to about 3/4 inch all the way around.

For the tag, the metallic paper leaves were made by tracing a cucumber leaf onto paper and cutting them out. You can trace and cut a leaf as we did or cut out your own design. Punch a hole in the leaf and attach with colored wire around the neck of the jar. Curl ends of wire by wrapping tightly around a pencil, then remove the pencil.

Also try this...

For the holidays, sew tiny jingle bells to the corners of the netting.

To present this gift you will need:

Scissors, decorative paper, gold netting, metallic paper, leaves in desired shapes, pencil, paper punch, and colored wire.

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