Recipe for Easy Pickles

I Am Not Lazy…

This is my much requested, modified version of what is commonly known around here as “Lazy Woman’s Pickles”. (hah, hah)

I have spent hours in the hot summer kitchen canning a regular version of pickles and the easy version is just as good and has a better texture than any of the versions I have put up in jars.

No matter what you do to those, they cook in the canner and the texture gets mushy. With these, “easy Pickles” the pickles stay firm and crisp/tender like you want your pickles to be.

…But I Am Smart

So I changed the name of the recipe to “Easy Pickles” – maybe they could also be called “Smart Pickles” because a smart lady knows that saving time and effort is brilliant, not lazy!

So put up some pickles and then go read a good book!

Easy Pickles aka. Lazy Woman's Pickles

30 minutes

Yield: 2 Quarts of Sliced Pickles

Easy Pickles aka. Lazy Woman's Pickles

Pickling Spice Options

You can purchase ready-made pickling spices or follow these pickling spice suggestions:

Bread & Butter Style - 2 tsp. celery seed, 2 tsp. ground ginger, 2 tsp. mustard seed

Dill - 1 Tbsp. of dill seed, 1 tsp. mustard seed, 2 tsp. ground garlic powder

Sweet Pickles – 2 sticks of cinnamon, 1 Tbsp. mustard seed, 2 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp whole cloves

Ingredients

  • Small Pickling Cucumbers
  • Pickling Spice or Your Own Seasonings
  • Salt
  • Alum
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions

  • Select enough small, firm, fresh cucumbers to pack a 1 gallon glass jar
  • Wash cucumbers thoroughly and then pack them (whole) tightly into a large glass jar
  • To the packed cukes, add:
  • 2 Tablespoons of Pickling Spice (purchase pre-made or make your own)
  • 2 Tbsp. Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Alum
  • Optional: add 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • Add enough Apple Cider Vinegar to fully cover the cucumbers.
  • Put on a tight lid or cover the jar tightly and set it aside in the pantry for 3 months.
  • After 3 months:
  • Take them out of vinegar solution and discard the solution.
  • Cut Cucumbers into spears, slices or chips.
  • Toss the slices with 7 ½ cups of sugar until coated. (3 3/4 C. Pyure for a no sugar version)
  • Wash & clean the gallon jar before putting the coated cucumber slices back into the jar.
  • The sweetener will melt and make a liquid that covers the pickles. (1-2 days)
  • These pickles don’t need to be processed further or cooked - just enjoy!
  • Notes

    The prep time is really low for these, and there is no cooking involved.

    You do need a little patience because these need to be left to steep for 3 months.

    We often adjust the recipe according to how many cucumbers we have since we have more than one gallon jar and can make a double (or triple) recipe.

    These do not need to be refrigerated.

    Prep time is super fast, but they are not “quick” pickles, since they need to set for 3 months.

    Even Smarter:

    1. These are so easy and delicious that my husband will make them all on his own – but they are fun to make together too.
    2. They have no artificial colors added and you can add only the healthy, organic ingredients that you “approve”.
    3. You can make up a THM (Trim Healthy Mama) Sugar Free version so you don’t have to purchase the pricey Kosher dills in the fridge section to keep eating clean, healthy and on plan!

    Let me know if you plan to try this!

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