Snappy Sweet Pickles

Canning sweet pickles using pint jars, cooling down after 15 minutes hot water bath.
Canning Snappy Sweet Pickles in pint jars.

How to preserve cucumbers into sweet pickles:

Preserve those fresh from garden cucumbers by making them into pickles. My favorite pickle recipe is Snappy Sweet Pickles. The pickling process takes some time to achieve a nice crisp pickles. After years of making batches of pickles, and trying many different pickling methods, the following techniques works the best. Some of my valued taste testers would eat these prized pickles by the bowl. Snappy sweet pickles are great with any type of BBQ meats or sandwiches.

How to achieve crispy pickles:

Iced down salted sliced cucumbers, onions, sweet peppers and cayenne pepper pieces.
Salted and iced down cucumbers, onion, peppers for 3 hours

The key in making crisp pickles takes a few steps of processing. First step is to wash all fresh cucumbers scrubbing them well with cold water. Draining all excess water off all the cucumbers. Next slicing cucumbers evenly to about three eighths inch thick, then putting them in a colander. Continue by julienne the onions and peppers, slice chilies, put these vegetables with the sliced cucumbers. The key to achieve a great crispy pickle is to salt the cucumbers, vegetables then place lots of ice over top. The salt draws out excess moisture from cucumbers to helping them to become more crispy.

Making a good brine.

Sweet Pickle Brine

The magic happens when all the right ingredients are when the brine is boiling. Balance of the vinegar with sugar, garlic and spices is making of great pickles. The golden hue of the brine comes from turmeric, but also has excellent antioxidants. Favorite spices to use in the brine is mustard seeds, celery seeds, whole cloves, turmeric and red chilies flakes. This year cayennes peppers slices made a great addition to the snappy sweet pickles.

Cider vinegar that has 5%, which gives the brine a better flavor profile. Sweet pickles has a higher sugar to vinegar ratio, of 5 to 3 leaving a nicely sweet balanced of taste to the pickles.

To make the sweet pickle brine add all the spices, garlic , chilies, sugar and vinegar together in large stock pot. Bring this brine mixture to boil for a few minutes to dissolve all sugar.

The cucumbers, onions, sweet peppers and chilies are added to brine.

Finishing Pickling the Cucumbers:

The actual pickling process is bringing the sweet pickle brine and prepped cucumbers vegetables to boil in large stockpot. Use a heavy duty stainless steel lined stockpot preferably Triply Allclad. The stainless steel is important that doesn’t react to brine. Allclad is very he heavy duty pot will have more even heat distribution. Use any good 8 to 12 quart heavy duty stockpot works great. Cook the pickles for good 2 to 5 minutes, the color of pickles will change from bright green to darker green as pickles start curing. Green vegetables will always be effected by acidic brine and change colors.

Canning the pickles:

Filling the Snappy Sweet Pickles with canning funnel.

Canning snappy sweet pickles takes time but well worth all the effort. Don’t try and skip steps. It’s extremely important to sterilize jars, lids and rings by boiling them in water for a good 15 minutes. Sanitize work area, work clean and organized. Have a wire rack to put sterilized jars, and clean towel for lids and rings.

Before filling jars place 1/4 tsp pickles crisp into each pint jar.

Important step is to put 1/4 teaspoon of pickle crisp (calcium chloride) into each pint jar, or 1/2 teaspoon of pickle crisp into each jar. This really help make pickles super crisp.

Filling the jars with canning funnel keeps the canning processing mess minimized. Filling the jars with pickles to 1/2 to 3/4 inch from top of the jar. Then tamp with wooden spoon or tamper to push excess air out of the jared pickles.

wiping each jar with vinegar damp paper towels

Wipe each of the jars after filled with paper towels dampened with white vinegar. This removes all brine, cleaning jar rim so makes a perfect seal during canning processing. Next place sterile lid on each jar, then secured with ring band. Note do not over tighten, just secure lid onto jar, this will allow the air to escape in processing. When jars cool they from vacuum.

Boiling filled jars in water bath

Careful placing each jar into boiling water, remember to remove excess water as jars displace water. Have at least 1/2 inch of water over top. Boil pickle filled jars for 15 minutes for pints and 20 minutes for quarts. When finished careful pulling jars out of the boiling water, use a canning jar tongs to remove the jars. Place jars onto wire rack spacing them out for good air flow. Notice as jars cool there will be a clicking sound of lids sealing. Also notice the lid dimples will be clicked downwards.

Make a label for each snappy sweet pickles, be sure to put date prepared On the label. This is fun process be creative on naming pickles and drawing fun pictures. This label has a lazy happy pickle on slice of bread, with butter pat pillow and pepper comforter.

Enjoy preserving cucumbers with this recipe, having a nice crisp crunchy texture, that is sweet and a bit spicy.

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These sweet pickles have crunchy, sweet heat that keeps you coming back for more. Refrigerate after opening jar Snappy Sweet Pickles and they will have have super crunchy texture. These pickles are perfect for BBQ meats and sandwiches.
Servings Prep Time
5 Quarts 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes 4 Hours
Servings Prep Time
5 Quarts 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes 4 Hours
Snappy Sweet Pickles
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These sweet pickles have crunchy, sweet heat that keeps you coming back for more. Refrigerate after opening jar Snappy Sweet Pickles and they will have have super crunchy texture. These pickles are perfect for BBQ meats and sandwiches.
Servings Prep Time
5 Quarts 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes 4 Hours
Servings Prep Time
5 Quarts 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes 4 Hours
Ingredients
Sweet Pickle Vegetables
Brine
Crisping Agent
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pickle Crisp Or sodium chloride for each pint jar
Servings: Quarts
Units:
Instructions
  1. Wash cucumbers and scrub well to remove any debris off each cucumber. Slice cucumbers 3/8 inches thick, place in colander. Julienne onions and place them into colander with sliced cucumbers. Next wash sweet peppers, remove seeds and core of the peppers then medium dice sweet peppers, add them to the colander with cucumbers and onions. Now add pickling salt to cucumber mixture in the colander mixing well to distribute salt throughout the vegetables. Finally top the cucumber mixture with ice. Cover with plastic wrap and place colander in empty sink to drain off moisture. Let cucumber mixture rest in sink for a good 3 hours. This draws off excess moisture from cucumbers and vegetables.
  2. Meanwhile make the pickling brine by combining cider vinegar, sugar, garlic, yellow and brown mustard seeds, celery seeds, whole cloves, turmeric and chili pepper flakes together in 8 quart stock pot. Bring the brine to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. After 3 hours of cucumbers mixture resting, remove any excess ice left. And rinse cucumber mixture with cold water well, allowing the water to drain off cucumbers mixture. About 2 minutes should remove excess water.
  4. Meanwhile wash the canning jars, lids and rings In soapy water, rinse with water. Place jars, lids and rings in large stock pot 12 quarts or more. Cover with water the canning jars, lids and rings. Bring water to boil and sterilize canning jars for 15 minutes. Then place jars on wire rack for easy filling.
  5. To make sweet pickles add the drained cucumbers mixture to the brine. Stirring well to combine cucumbers mixture with the brine. Bring the mixture to boil and cook 2 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile add 1/4 tsp pickle crisp (sodium chloride) to each pint jar or 1/2 tsp pickle crisp (sodium chloride) to each quart jar. The pickle crisp helps make the pickles nice and snappy crisp.
  7. Turn the heat off sweet pickles mixture and place near canning jars.
  8. Using a canning funnel placed in canning jar, then scoop sweet pickles mixture into each jar filling just to 3/4 inch from top of the jar. Tamping down pickles with spoon removing excess air.
  9. After filling canning jars wipe with paper towels soaked in white vinegar. This removes any excess spills on jars.
  10. Now place lid onto each filled jar and secure with collar ring. Lightly securing lid, do not over tighten. If too tightly secured the jars will not seal properly.
  11. Place the filled jars back into boiling water bath. Note you will need to remove some of the boiling water, because of displacement of full jars. Boil for 15 minutes for pint jars and 20 minutes for quart jars.
  12. Remove jars from boiling water bath after proper processing time. Place on wire rack to cool. Listening for popping noise as lids seal. Notice that the canning lid dimples are down. After cooled to room temperature tightening ring collars again to maintain a good seal.
  13. Finally make labels for snappy sweet pickles, be sure to have date. Store in dry cool place where not too much light. These pickles should be able to be stored for at least 2 years in proper storage.
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Retired Chef Instructor teaching 32 years of culinary arts. Blogging on creative foods by Chef Dave, featuring hot and spicy, chocolate, baking and Weight Watcher Smart Point friendly foods. Vegetable gardening, photography, and creative cooking is my passion.

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