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This recipe was shared with me by my friend, Andra Cook of Raleigh, North Carolina. The recipe also appears in our
cookbook called What's Cooking America which was co-authored by Andra. Also check out Andra's
Craven County Sweet Pickles recipe.
Grand Mammy's Carolina Sharps
Cucumbers and Pickles
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 8 days
Cucumbers, wash and cut into 1/2-inch slices
*Alum = aluminum
potassium sulfate = ammonium aluminum sulphate = potassium aluminum
phosphate. Alum can be found in most grocery
DAY 1 - Place cucumbers
into a large container and cover with boiling water and pickling salt mixture (1 1/2 cups pickling salt to 1 gallon water).
DAY 2 & 3 - Repeat
the day one process by pouring off the salt water and recovering with fresh salt water.
DAY 4 - Pour off water.
Cover cucumbers with fresh boiling water with alum
1/2 tablespoons alum to 1 gallon water).
DAY 5 & 6 - Repeat
the Day four process by pouring off the alum water and recovering with fresh alum water.
DAY 7 - Pour off water.
Cover with equal parts cider vinegar and water. This mixture should be boiling.
DAY 8 - Pour off vinegar
solution. Pack cucumbers in jars and fill with equal parts cider vinegar and sugar. Add 1
tablespoon pickling spices and 1 extra tablespoon sugar in each jar before sealing.