Recipe by bljersey
"Sweet and mildly spicy zucchini pickle chunks that I grew up with from Grandma. Takes several days but well worth it."
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peeled and cubed zucchini
pickling lime (calcium hydroxide)
apple cider vinegar
Sweet, crunchy and very tasty. Super easy and doesn't take much time at all but realize the work is spaced out over three days. I used four very large zucchini to get the 16 cups and did not include some of the center with the seeds. DO NOT stick your hand down in the lime water to push down the zucchini chunks or you will have a shriveled hand (personal experience lol). It doesn't seem like there is enough pickling liquid when you add in the vegetable pieces but during the resting time the liquid will cover the zucchini although I really didn't have enough liquid to completely cover all the pickles in the 8 pint jars I filled. I put about a half cup of pickles in a container in the refrigerator. I went ahead and sealed the jars to leave on the shelf because I don't have room to refrigerate all of them. I doubt anyone who will be gifted with these pickles will have any idea that they are zucchini. Very good. This would be a great project with your kids.
You can definitely can these and store them well-sealed for a couple years. My grandmother used to make them and give us all sealed jars which we stored at room temperature for up to 2 years (maybe more). Once opened, store in the fridge.
You can process these in boiling water bath for 10 min.
These are very good and definitely crunchy. The only thing I do not like is having to store them all in the fridge. Has anyone tried canning them so they can be stored on the shelve with the other canned goods? They take some time to do because of the sitting time but really quite a simple process. If you are over loaded with zucchini this year as we are, give them a try.
I'm fairly new to canning, and definitely to pickling lime. But, shoot howdy, these were easy, although you do need to plan ahead as two steps include letting this sit for 24 hours. I gave them a water bath, as I wanted to store on the shelf. They are VERY delicious and crisp. Pleasantly surprised, and definitely will make these again.
Good pickles and I processed with boiling water bath for 10 minutes. These are crunchy and will be a nice addition for holiday or special meals.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Sweet Chunk Zucchini Pickles
Serving Size: 1/50 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 50
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: < 1
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