I was making stickles (pickles). After I'd followed the recipe to the 3rd day, I boiled the stickles for 30 minutes. It said to pack them in hot jars, seal, and put in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. It did not say to put any liquid over the stickles. Now I'm second guessing what "packing" means. I imagine they are sealed now, without liquid. What do I do?
I have reread a couple of answers and I'm not sure if everyone has canned pickles or vegetables before. Has anyone ever seen a container of pickles that were not in liquid? I do not make stickles but my daughter does and she adds the sweet liquid and they are very good but I cannot imagine them without the liquid..
Stickles are just pickles with added sweetener, so why would they not have liquid? This recipe just does not spell it out - probably because the writer expected people doing this to know why the liquid was made in the first place. It is probably not a good recipe for first time cooks to use (no insult intended).
I love pickles and since I grow them I can pickles quite frequently and as I said before - stickles are just sweet pickles but a very good way to use "fat" cucumbers.
Here is a site that I use and it has very clear instructions although it does not have a recipe for stickles. Second link is a clearer recipe for stickles.
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I am looking for a recipe for "Stickles". These are pickles made from the yellow rind of very large cucumbers. The brine has a very nasty odor when cooking, but the pickles are very delicious and very sweet. Thank you to anyone who can help me.
By Vikki from Tucson, AZ
Hope this helps.
5 lbs. large and whitened overgrown regular slicing cucumbers
1/2 c pickling lime
3 3/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 t celery seed
Peel and seed cucumbers. Cut into 2"- 3" sticks. Mix lime with 2 quarts of water, add the cucumber sticks and soak overnight. Rinse and drain 3 times in cold water. Soak in fresh cold water 3 - 4 hours. Drain. Combine remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Add cucumber sticks and let stand overnight. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes until cucumbers and clear. Stir frequently. Pack into hot jars, seal and process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Makes 4 pints