How To Make Sun Pickles 2013

Sun Pickles are truly the best tasting pickles I have made so far.

Sun Pickles sit in the sun from 3 days to a week depending how sour you want them. Mine sit in the sun for three days. I have to keep the kids and my husband out of the jars because everyone is testing them after the first day. Summer has winded down, my middle son is back at college and this is one food item he brings back with him every time he visits. College Cooking does not happen much at his house. The average College Cook has very little time or knowledge to prepare great dinner menus, I like that my son has pickles readily available to him.

We are moving on September 15th to a 30 acre farm, I am actually going to have a root cellar, I am so excited to store all my canning in such an old fashion way just like the early settlers did. This weekend I made my Sun Pickles and Sweet and Hot Curry Pickles along with Refrigerator Pickles. Today we are working on Hot Carrots.

Preparation for Sun Pickles
Start with Fresh pickles just picked from your garden or farmers market.
Soak in ice cold water for a few hours.
Cut off the top and bottom piece.
Check each cucumber for firmness discard any soft cucumbers.
Slice Onions
Get your spices together
Cut Jalapenos
Sanitize Quart Jars
Ingredients for Sun Pickles 

Four Sanitized Quart Jars 6 Cups of Water
3 Cups Vinegar
1/2 Cup Salt
Teaspoon Alum per Quart Jar
One Head Dill Per Quart Jar
One Clove Garlic or Two Teaspoon fresh chopped garlic
Additional Optional Ingredients;
Jalapenos, a couple sliced pieces gives the batch a little heat
Mustard Seed
Pickling Spice

Prepare your brine by combing the Water, Vinegar and Salt. Let cool.
Add the Spices and Onions at the bottom of the Quart Jar
Add Your Pickles
Fill each Jar to the top with your brine
Screw your caps on gently and let soak in sun for three days for a half sour sun pickle.
April DecheineAbout April Decheine

April ran away from Suburbia to live life more sustainably with her husband. The kids are all grown but return quite often. She is a little city mixed in with Martha Stewart like smarts. She is an ex IT downsized Corporate gal. Follow her as she learns all the Green Acres chores on her 40 acre farm while introducing her readers to products she believes in.

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