End of the Garden Pickles


  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 1 cup chopped sweet peppers
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1 cup chopped green tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup string beans cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 Tbsp. celery seed
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard seed
  • 2 cups vinegar
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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. tumeric


Soak cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, onions, celery, and tomatoes in salt water (1/2 cup salt to 2 quarts water) over night. Drain. Cook carrots and string beans in boiling water until tender. Drain water. Mix soaked vegetables and cooked vegetables with remaining ingredients and boil 10 minutes. Place in sterilized jars. Seal at once. Process in boiling water bath for 5 minutes.

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By Sandy from Graettinger, IA

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February 23, 20100 found this helpful

Sandy, that sounds really good. Is it more like a relish? I hope we can all have a garden this year. It seems like a remote possibility now with all the snow. Thanks for the recipe.

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It is the easiest recipe to follow, it is the fastest to make, and you can put anything from the garden in it. The recipe book called it "End of the Garden Pickle." The first time I used it was for an emergency, so from then on it was Emergency Pickle."

We had a very nice vegetable garden full of ripe and almost ripe produce and Hurricane Donna was headed directly toward us. We picked everything we could and then tried to figure out what to do with it. I found this recipe and used all of the vegetables we picked. A few years later I tried to make it again but had lost my recipe book and had to go back to Ball Corporation, Muncie, Indiana and request another book, which they sent me.




Combine vinegar, sugars, spices and salt in a large sauce pot. Bring to a boil then add prepared vegetables. Return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Pack hot into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Remove air bubbles. Adjust caps. Process 15 minutes in boiling water bath. Yield: about 5 pints.


Above are the ingredients and directions directly out of Ball Blue Book. However, since I was in an emergency and had my entire garden in the house, my pickle included green tomatoes, very small ears of corn, okra, small yellow squash, cucumbers, and green beans. Also, we probably had 20 or 25 pints, so I just tipped the filled jars upside down until the seals popped. I skipped the water bath. They still turned out great and my kids loved them.

Source: Ball Blue Book, The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing, from Ball Corporation

By Clynn Altemus from Inglis FL

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