I’ve just returned from my trip to Tennessee, where all things can be found pickled. I saw in a store a jar of watermelon pickles, regular pickles, pickled okra, pickled onions, and yes some other pickled things that shall remain nameless. So I figured I would post another of the pickle recipes that Gram had.
This is not her handwriting. It is possibly the handwriting of Louise Roueche, who supplied the recipe.
Pickles (sweet) – Louise Roueche
300 small pickles
Wash and dry. Put in large crock – 2/3 cup salt. Pour boiling water to cover and let stand over night. Drain and wipe dry. Return to crock.
1/2 gal cold vinegar
4 tbsp mustard, salt & sugar
1/2 cup mixed spice *
Sit in a cool place. Weigh 3 lbs sugar. Add a handful each day for 9 days until all sugar is used.
* I am guessing this refers to pickling spices. In my research I found that the usual ingredients are cinnamon, mustard seed, peppercorn, cloves, allspice, dill seeds, mace, bay leaves and ginger. These can be placed into a cheesecloth bag or simply mixed into the pickle juice.
UPDATE: This is a photo of Madeline Roueche, daughter of Louise Roueche. Louise and Alice Sternberg (Gram’s mother) were good friends, and Madeline and Gram became good friends. Madeline was a doctor, which in the 30s was uncommon. Madeline and Gram had the same taste in glasses.