Old recipes found


It seems everyone has forgotten how to pickle and can things. Our generation is missing out on outstanding food.

I’ve been trying to find recipes that I loved as a kid. Here are two my Mom sent me that are from my Dad’s mother Dessie Johnson.

Today’s project is going to be making these recipes to see if I can make them taste like I remember.

I think the salt should be a tablespoon or even a teaspoon but NOT a cup

Hot Dill Pickles                     Dessie Johnson

Pinky size cucumbers (a lot)

1 quart vinegar

2 quarts water

1 cup coarse salt

Bring to a boil.

Pack tightly in jars:


1 whole banana

1 small (Pearl) onion

1 head fresh dill (or 1 teaspoon dried)

Pour biling mixture in packed jars to fill, seal jars.

Boil sealed jars 5 minutes

Lime Pickles                         Dessie Johnson

Prepare in crock, enamel or plastic Only.

7 pounds medium size cucumbers

2 cups slated lime (hydrated)

2 gallons water.

Pour salted water over cucumbers and let set 24 hours.

Rinse thouroughly in several changes of water.Let set in water 3 hours.


Mix together;

1 Tablespoon coarse salt

1 teaspoon mixed pickling spices

1 teaspoon celery salt

1 teaspoon whole cloves

2 quarts + 1 cup vinegar

5 pounds sugar

Pour over pickles and let stand over night.

Next day bring entire mixture to a boil

Simmer 40 minutes

Pack in hot jar and seal.

You need them set at least a week

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