sweet pickles

i loved summer days at my grandpa and grandma baughman’s house. playing outside. smelling grandma’s peonies. watching grandpa on the tractor. helping pick in their garden. drinking mellow yellow (i never got that stuff at home!). i loved when grandma would send me home with some of her refrigerator pickles. they were made with love.

now i’m able to return the favor. nate and i finally have a plethora of pickling cucumbers from our garden! we gave a little batch of these to grandpa & grandma:

sweet pickles (from recipe girl)
5 1/2 cups (1 1/2 pounds) thinly sliced pickling cucumbers
1 1/2 Tablespoons kosher salt
1 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric

directions:
1. combine cucumbers and salt in a large, shallow bowl; cover and chill 1 1/2 hours. move cucumbers into a colander and rinse thoroughly under cold water. drain well, and return cucumbers to bowl. add onion to the bowl.
2. combine sugar and remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. pour hot vinegar mixture over cucumber mixture; let stand at room temperature 1 hour. cover and refrigerate 24 hours. store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

these pickles don’t last long in our house…especially with pregnancy salt/vinegar cravings!

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