Lady Ashburnham Pickles

Recipe by: Jean Moss

Lady Ashburnham Pickles

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  • 10

    pounds onions ( diced )

  • 88

    cups Cucumbers cubed to fill my largest stainless steel bowl

  • 1

    cup salt

  • 13

    cups white vinegar

  • 13

    cups white sugar

  • 10

    heaping tablespoons dry mustard

  • 10

    tablespoons tumeric

  • 10

    teaspoons mustard seed

  • 8

    teaspoons celery seed

  • cups flour

  • cups white sugar

  • cups white vinegar


( 1 ) Peel and take the seeds out of your large cucumbers. Cut cucumbers into cubes. Once your bowl is full pour over the top 1 cup of salt. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and let sit overnight to draw the excess water from the cucumbers. ( 2 ) Peel and cube your 10 pounds of onions.;put in a bowl and cover with saran. This can be done the night before as well. This will save you time in the morning. ( 3 ) In the morning put the cucumbers into a colander to drain off the excess water. You should probably let them drain for approximately 2 hours to be sure that they have drained well. Once this step is done you are ready to make your pickles. ( 4 ) Put your 13 cups of white sugar in a bowl; add to this your dry mustard and tumeric; mix well with your hands to make sure that there are no lumps. Set this aside until your vinegar comes to a bowl, then you will add this to the boiling vinegar. ( 5 ) In a large pot put 13 cups of white vinegar; bring to a boil then add the mustard seed, celery seed; stir well then add the white sugar mixture and stir well once again. ( 6 ) Once the vinegar comes to a boil again you now add the onions and drained cucumbers. ( 7 ) Once the cucumbers start to boil cook until almost transparent then you add the thickener. ( 8 ) Mix together the 3 1/4 cups of flour and 3 1/4 cups of sugar. Stir to mix it well, then you can add the 3 1/4 cups of white vinegar. Beat this mixture with an electric hand mixture until it is smooth. Set Aside until you are ready to thicken pickles. Please note that when you add the thickener it will seem really stiff but as it heats it will become thinner.


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