Sweet Gerkins Preparation
These pickles take 4 days to make. The cucumber stems need not be removed. Wash the cucumbers, place them in a kettle and cover with boiling water. About 6 hours later, drain and cover with fresh boiling water. Allow to stand overnight and repeat process. After 6 hours, has been added. Let stand overnight. Drain and prick cucumbers 3 times with a sharp table fork. Mix 3 cups sugar and 3 cups vinegar, add spices, bring to a boil and pour over cucumbers. Six hours later, drain the syrup into a kettle, add 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of vinegar, bring to a boil and pour the cucumbers again. Let stand overnight. In the morning, drain the syrup into the kettle, add 2 cups sugar and 1 cup vinegar, bring to a boil and pour over cucumbers. Six hours later, drain off the syrup once more, add one last cup of sugar and bring to a boil. Pcak cucumbers into clean, hot jars and cover with the syrup to with-in 1/2-inch of the top. Place jars in boiling water and process for 5 minutes after the water comes to a boil. Makes 7 - 8 pints
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