Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Famous Mercer Family Pickles


Popping in with my ALL-TIME favorite Christmas/Holiday recipe: sweet pickles!!!  My Nanie makes this for the holiday season each year and they are what makes it feel like the holidays for me!  She has been making them for as long as I can remember.  My mom makes them as well and I have begun to make them to hand out as gifts.  They are inexpensive to make, require only a little prep work in the kitchen and involve minimal dirty dishes, and no need to turn on the oven! 

Warning: These are super sweet, crispy, and super addicting!  Beware!

Mercer Family Pickles

1 large jar of kosher dill pickles
3 cups of sugar
apple cider vinegar

1) Drain and rinse pickles.  Slice pickles using a mandolin or a sharp knife into thin slices.   TIP: Beware of your fingers when using the mandolin as the guard will probably not work.  In 2009 I sliced off the end of my pinky finger :( Don't worry - I threw out that batch of pickles ;)

2) Place pickles back in the jar.  Line up your pickle army if making more than one jar - I made 8 this year!

3) Fill jar with 3 cups of sugar.

4)  Fill the rest of the jar with apple cider vinegar and put the lid back on.  If you are having trouble fitting all the sugar in, pour some of the vinegar in halfway through and then add the remainder of the sugar.  

5)  Place the jars on the counter and turn the jar over everyday for 10 days!  After ten days all that sugar will be absorbed and you will be left with a sweet crunchy pickle.  I then divide mine into mason jars for gift giving.

Merry Christmas!

Love, Allison

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