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Grandpa's Stink Pickles

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    Posted: 07 March 2018 at 18:20
A.C. Kurth's Open Crock Pickles  

In a one gallon crock, jar or plastic bucket, start with one layer of grape leaves, one layer of cherry leaves and one layer of cucumbers. Repeat until container is full, ending with cherry leaves. Add 1/4 C. pickling salt and 1/2 C. vinegar. Fill with water and weight down. Store in a cool place until ready, removing scum as it occurs.

That's the recipe as I received it. 'Ready' is so precise. I usually check a cuke after a couple weeks. I look for the center to have changed from the raw, opaque look of a fresh cuke to the expected translucence of a pickle. I think Dad used to can them after they were cured, but I don't know the processing time or anything. I just refrigerate them. They don't last very long anyway. Dad and Grandpa just put them in the basement to cure. We keep our house at 72F. so I just keep them in a dark corner of the kitchen counter.

Well, let's see if this will post this time.
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Hey, Tom - it posted!

Appreciate your sharing this. Family recipes - especially old family recipes - are one of the primary reasons for the existence of this forum!

I need to be starting another batch before too long - I should give this a try. They would be store cucumbers, though, due to the time of year; so maybe it would be best to wait for a few from the garden or from the local Hutterites.
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Thank God for this forum. I suddenly have an abundance of cucumbers. And every time I look for Grandpa's recipe I can't find it.  I know it's on the back of an envelope in one or another cookbook. So this time, after I've already looked through four cookbooks, the idea strikes me:  You posted it on FOTW. Much easier. Hope I can remember next year!
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Originally posted by Tom Tom wrote:

every time I look for Grandpa's recipe I can't find it. I know it's on the back of an envelope in one or another cookbook. So this time, after I've already looked through four cookbooks, the idea strikes me: You posted it on FOTW. Much easier.


Hi, Tom -

your post above is one of the most important reasons why this forum was created! Glad that it worked out as intended for you!

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