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Sweet Memory Pickles

This sweet pickle recipe is an old family favorite! The pickles are crisp and sweet, perfect for adding to salads or sandwiches!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Resting Time 8 d
Total Time 8 d 1 hr 50 mins


  • cutting board
  • 1 gallon jar (or another large container with a lid)
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • pot
  • measuring spoons


  • 1 quart White Vinagar
  • 8 cups Sugar
  • 2 tbs Salt
  • 2 sticks Cinammon
  • 1/4 tsp Mace
  • 1 tbs Whole Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Green Food Coloring This is optional. It just gives the pickles a vibrant green color.
  • 1 gallon Whole Pickling Cucumbers This is a bit approximate but you want enough cucumbers to fill the gallon jar. Do not slice them yet!


The whole cucumber soak period

  • Place whole cucumbers in a gallon jar and cover in boiling water. Place the lid on the jar.
  • Let cucumbers stand in the water for 24 hours.
  • Drain the boiling water off the cucumbers. Cover cucumbers in boiling water again and let stand again for 3 more 24 hour periods. In total, the cucumbers will spend 4 days covered in water.

The sliced cucumber soak period

  • Slice the cucumbers to the desired thickness.
  • Combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, cinnamon, mace, whole cloves, and green food coloring (if using) in a large pot. Boil the combination for 10 minutes to make the syrup.
  • Strain the syrup and then pour it over the sliced cucumbers, the cucumbers should be covered by the syrup.
  • Place the strained materials in a container in the fridge for later use.
  • Let the cucumbers stand in the syrup for 24 hours.
  • For the next 3 days drain the syrup for the cucumbers, add back in the strained materials, boil for 10 minutes, then pour over cucumbers again (the cucumber will spend a total of 4 days in the syrup).
  • At the end of day 4 of the syrup soak the pickles are done. Seal the jar for storage.
Keyword pickle, sweet