June 21, 2011

14 Day Sun Pickles {Granny's Recipe}


14 Day Sun Pickles
Summer is here in East Texas and cucumbers are beginning to make in the gardens. One of my favorite summer traditions at my house growing up, was making 14 Day Sun Pickles with my Mother. If she did not grow her own cucumbers, she would buy some from nearby farmers. These pickles are so easy to make, and incredibly delicious. They have a distinct taste and if you don't watch it, they can even be addicting.  
14 Day Sun Pickles
With us having 100 degree temperatures here in East Texas, it is perfect for making some. One of the neat things about this recipe is that you can make one jar or 12 jars at a time, depending on how many cucumbers you have. You simply pack your jars with cucumbers lengthwise.  Add a fresh sprig of dill, one garlic bud, one small hot pepper, and a teaspoon of dill seeds.  Pour a solution of water, vinegar, and salt over the cucumbers and seal.  Here comes the unique way to process them.  You put them in the hottest part of your yard in a single row and leave them there for 14 days!  If it rains one day, you leave them out there an extra day (even if it rains a half a day; leave an extra half a day).  The heat of the sun during the day and then the cooling down at night causes the lids to seal.  You store them on a shelf until you are ready to serve them or set a jar in the refrigerator to chill before you serve them. 
Last summer my sister brought us a home cooked meal on our first weekend home from being in the hospital off and on for six months.  And as you can see, she brought me a jar of pickles.  We floundered ourselves over this wonderful meal and savored every bite. 
14 Day Sun Pickles



14 Day Sun Pickles

Ingredients: In the jar
canning jars that have been boiled in hot water and drained (quart or pints depending on size of your cucumbers)
2-3 garlic bud
1 small hot pepper (optional)
1 fresh dill head with stem
1 teaspoon dill seed


Ingredients: Pickling Solutions
1 quart water
1 quart vinegar
1 cup salt (see note)
pinch of alum (optional)


Directions: In the jar
Place all above ingredients in each jar: Now add cucumbers in jars until jar is packed. Combine, but do not heat:

Directions: Pickling Solution
Pour liquid over cucumbers, garlic, etc. Seal with lids that have heated in hot water. Set outside in the sun and leave for 14 days. Store on shelf and refrigerate before serving.

Note: You can adjust the salt to your taste.  I have had some feedback that they use 2/3 cup.  Make additional vinegar solution as needed for how many jars is needed.

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66 comments :

  1. We use to make sun pickles living in Yakima WA, they are delicious.

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  2. Would you believe I've never heard of sun pickles?? These look great. I may try this if it ever warms up here this summer.

    I'm a new follower from the Wednesday Hop. Can't wait to see more of your recipes.

    Best,
    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

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  3. How great and simple a receipe! Your receipes really take me back to my childhood and going to Grandma and Grandpa's house in Texas during the summer.

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  4. These sound easy!
    So Am I reading wrong....you dont have to "hot water bath" process them?

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  5. You do not have to water bath them...the heat from the sun does that for you. If you don't live where it is hot right now then wait until you have some 90+ degree weather and they will do great. I remember Mother would always make hers around the 4th of July when it got really hot here in Texas....hope this helps!

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  6. My mother used to make these pickles every year. When I was a senior in high school, a baby skunk somehow got in our house, and it was during pickle making season. My mother put a trail of her 14-day pickles to the door. The skunk ate them one by one, and that is how he left, without leaving a stink behind.

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  7. Janette ~ that is so funny...thank you for sharing your memories!

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  8. These remind me of my Aunt Irene's. I always wished she would teach me to make them, so I am going to try yours. Visiting, and now following via Welcome Wednesday hop...hop over to mine and follow back if you like it... http://mom4realky.blogspot.com

    Jessica K

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  9. I live in Phoenix. We are having 100+ degree weather with lows in the 80s. Is that too hot to make these pickles? Do I wait a shorter amount of time? Am I just being crazy? Should I just follow the recipe as stated? I just pinned this to my Pinterest board for retrieval later! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. 100+ degrees temperature is actually great....keep with the recipe and they will be fine. Thank you for your question and never feel bad about asking them...thanks for stopping by and come back soon!

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  11. OH jeeze, I must try these. I LOVE pickles, I've always wanted to try myself and this seams easy enough for me to try. Thank you!

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  12. Wow! What a fun way to make pickles! My husband loves making pickles but he's never tried it this way. We're going to have to now! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Wow. I love this recipe. I know I would just love these pickles. Cannot wait to try this. We live in NC. Hot hot and hotter.

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  14. My aunt makes something simliar to these and I've never been able to make them! I'm going to try now!

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  15. Thanks K, for linking these up to Made it on Monday! And for the "tip". I live in Nevada, so I do get the HOT HEAT!

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  16. I have never heard of this method!! My husband is a pickle lover and I can't wait to try these. Thanks for a fun recipe!

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  17. I never heard of this unique way of making pickles! They sound good and so easy to make. We had a rainy spring and the first two days of summer it has rained, so maybe I'll wait to try this in August.

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  18. Wow! I have never heard of making these types of pickles! We make regular pickles. Will have to give these a try. Thanks for sharing them at the Summer Blogger Block Party!

    Heather

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  19. I'm originally from North Louisiana where we make every kind of pickle in every way possible; but, I've never heard of sun pickles! What a great idea! I'm in New Hampshire now and it seems that the sun rarely shines here....at least this summer. I would love to give these a try. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  20. Looks good!


    We'd love for you to share this recipe with us at

    Simply Delish Saturday

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  21. Love it! I have never canned anything but this I can do!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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  22. Hi Kay,
    What a great Pickle recipe. With the sun we have been having it would be no problem to make these pickles. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, I look forward to seeing you again soon!
    Miz Helen

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  23. Thrilled to find another pickle fan! Thanks so much for stopping by Momtrends Friday Food (http://www.momtrends.com/2011/06/friday-food-farmers-classic-pickle-event/) and adding this recipe. Have a great weekend.

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  24. These are great! Can't wait till my cucumbers grow! Thanks for linking them up!

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  25. This just seems so crazy! I can't wait to try!

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  26. Hi thanks for sharing this great recipe!! I saw you over at A Glimpse Inside linky party!! Great job!!

    Cheers!
    Lilli
    http://onestopbabygifts.blogspot.com

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  27. Oh my goodness! I LOVE dill pickles and these sound wonderful. Wonder if we'll HAVE 14 days of sunshine up here on the barely thawed tundra?

    Hmmmmmmm - - - might have to give this a try.

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  28. Hi K...

    Your pickle recipe sounds identical to mine, my friend! Nothing like homemade pickles!!! But I must admit, this is the first time I have ever heard of setting the jars of pickles outside...using the heat to seal them! How interesting!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week! Mmmm...would love a homemade pickle right now! Hehe!

    Warmest Sunday wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  29. My son and I are addicted to pickles YUM!

    New blog follower! Come follow back and enter my great giveaways! http://www.peacelovepoop.com

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  30. Thanks for sharing your recipe with
    Simply Delish. Hope to see you again next weekend.

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  31. I have never heard of Sun Pickles. Will definitely try this summer!

    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/06/calling-all-crafters-13th-edition.html

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  32. Wow, never tried these in the sun. My MIL gave me a recipe I did last year for refrigerator pickles but I'll have to try these!! I LOVE canning recipes!! I'm your newest follower! :)

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  33. What an interesting recipe! I've never heard of sun pickles either! I love old family recipes, they are the best. Thank you for sharing this with Let's Do Brunch. Hope to 'see' you there again this week.

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  34. Thanks for sharing your unique and yummy recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back and visit us tomorrow.
    Thanks again.
    I hope to see you there!

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  35. Sweet! Pickles it is this year! Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!!!

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  36. Now that's great summer post. Hope we get a bumper crop of cucumbers this year and a hot August so I can try this...

    Going to be featuring this at Creative Juice this evening...

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice last week. Hope to see you back this week!

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  37. Such a neat recipe. So glad you found a way to link even with Blogger acting up since yesterday. Thanks for stopping by at Joy of Desserts.

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  38. I have been wanting to make some homemade pickles! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!! :) All of the food looks SO good! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Crystal
    Homemaker in Heels

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  39. Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe at {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  40. What a fun idea!! I've never made pickles this way.

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  41. Thanks for linking up to the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.
    Crystal
    www.chocolatedroolandkisses.blogspot.com

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  42. Any worries about BOTULISM?

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    1. Botulism only grows in low-acid environments. With all of the vinegar in this recipe there's no need to worry about botulism. If anything there might be a little fermenting going on but that would be a good thing.

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  43. If my pickles got too big too fit can I cut them up first? Also, if i don't have fresh herbs can I used dried? Do the jars and lids absolutely have to be boiled? I just don't want extra heat or work if I don't need it. :)

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  44. What kind of small pepper do you use?

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  45. I use cayenne or chili peppers...green or red.

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  46. These look great! How long do they last on the shelf?

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  47. How many hour of actual sun do they need each day? My deck gets the morning sun until around 12-1 p.m. Would you just need to leave them longer than the 14 days? This sounds like a really cool idea. Thanks!

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  48. Hi Lana ~ I think that that much sun is ok and I would not leave them out there longer than 14 days unless it rains...I put mine in the yard where the sun is shaded part of the day and they do fine. Hope this helps. And let me know what you think when you make some!

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  49. Would this recipe work if you sliced the cucumbers? Mine are too big for jars. They also are very crocked, so wouldn't fit in jars right. I'd really like to try this. Let me know what you think.

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    1. Yes...you can slice them...and this year mine were to big also...so I cut mine in spears and they worked great! Hope this helps...K

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  50. I was wondering if cut cucumbers will work? Mine are too long for the jars.

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    1. Yes...you can cut the cucumbers. I actually made mine into spears cut to fit the jars. Or you can also slice them. Hope this helps!

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  51. We love pickles and also making them homemade! Looking forward to trying this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  52. My cucumbers are huge, can you do spears with the recipe?

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    1. Hes Kim you can do spears. We made some for the first time last year and they were wonderful!! Hope you enjoy these pickles!

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  53. I live in Michigan ... not so consistent weather. Has anyone tried this in a place like that? How hot does it have to be?

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  54. I live in Michigan ... not so consistent weather. Has anyone tried this in a place like that? How hot does it have to be to work?

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  55. when will they seal...do you bring them in first and then they seal, or should they have already sealed during the fourteenth day?

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    1. They will seal by the time you bring them in....sometimes if the temperatures are not as hot in the 100s they will not seal...but we have always left them on the shelf and they were fine.

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  56. I make sun tea, now I can make Sun Pickles! Kay, what a fun and delicious recipe! Thank you for sharing these with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned and tweeted!! :D

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    1. They are so good….can't stop eating them when you start!

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  57. Woow! I found this recipe so Yummy Thank you for this recipe
    Food

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  58. These were so good, I had so many compliments on them when I brought them to a potluck

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