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Christmas Pickles - A Sweet Family Tradition

Christmas Pickles - A Sweet Family Tradition

Christmas Pickles - A Sweet Family Tradition

Get ready to dive into a heartwarming recipe that's all about family and sweet memories - Christmas Pickles. This cherished tradition has been passed down through generations, and the sweet, candied flavor of these pickles is like a trip down memory lane. As I whipped up a batch, it made me think about family and the importance of keeping traditions alive. So, let's make these delightful Christmas Pickles while savoring the moments and memories they bring.


  • 1 and 1/2 gallons of large cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup pickling lime
  • 1 and 1/2 quarts vinegar
  • 5 pounds sugar
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon celery seeds
  • 2 tablespoons pickling spice
  • Green or red food coloring (if you want that festive touch)


Day 1: Cucumber Prep

  • Start by peeling those 1 and 1/2 gallons of large cucumbers.
  • Get rid of the seeds and chop the cucumbers into chunks.
  • In a big container, mix 1 gallon of water with 1/2 cup of pickling lime.
  • Let your cucumber chunks soak in this mix for a full 24 hours.
  • After the soak, give those cucumbers a good rinse by washing them four times.

Day 2: Sweet Pickle Magic

  • In a pot, toss together 1 and 1/2 quarts of vinegar, 5 pounds of sugar, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 tablespoon of celery seeds, and 2 tablespoons of pickling spice.
  • If you want to add that Christmas touch, throw in a few drops of green or red food coloring. Get festive!
  • Bring this mixture to a boil and let it bubble away for 5 minutes. Be ready for a powerful aroma!
  • Pour this sweet pickling potion over your washed cucumber chunks and let them kick it together for another 24 hours.

Day 3: The Big Finish

  • After 24 hours, get your cucumbers and pickling mixture into a boiling frenzy. Let them simmer for a cozy 35 minutes.
  • While everything's hot, carefully scoop those pickles into sterilized jars.
  • Seal the jars while they're still warm; they'll lock in all that goodness as they cool down.

As you enjoy these Christmas Pickles, take a moment to remember the good times with your loved ones and the special connections that recipes like this can create. These pickles aren't just about their sweet taste; they carry the spirit of family, tradition, and the beauty of passing down recipes from one generation to the next. Savor these pickles with a dash of nostalgia and a sprinkle of hope for peace, just like I do.

Note: This one's in loving memory of my granny, the inspiration behind this recipe and countless fond memories. May she find peace among the mountains she loved. ❤️🙏

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