Mrs. Minnie’s Icebox Pickles

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Mrs. Minnie's Icebox Pickles

It’s time for making pickles! The cucumbers are coming in as fast as the zucchini! I don’t know about where you are, but here in the deep South, it’s very hot. I don’t want to turn the stove on and the outdoor kitchen isn’t up and running yet. That’s just one more reason for me to pull out the recipe for Mrs. Minnie’s Icebox Pickles. There’s no cooking (except to heat the liquid) so my kitchen doesn’t get hot. This pickle recipe is easy, delicious, and sweet.

Mrs. Minnie was one of those sweet and saucy, little old Southern church women whom everybody loved. When I was a teenager, we were part of the same church. She loved young people and enjoyed mentoring the young girls in our congregation. Mrs. Minnie gave me this recipe when I graduated high school {we won’t talk about how long ago that was}. She was famous in our community for her Icebox Pickles.  At every church function she was “required” by popular demand to bring her pickles. They go with positively everything! This is my husband’s favorite pickle recipe.

Sliced Cucumber and Onions with Salt

What you’ll need:

7 medium sized cucumbers sliced paper thin 

3 medium white onions sliced paper thin

2 Tablespoons of salt (real salt, not table salt)

2 cups of sugar (I use organic,  non-gmo sugar)

1 cup raw, organic apple cider vinegar (like this one)

1 Tablespoon celery seasoning; or any other pickle seasoning that your family likes

A 18″ x 18″ x 2″ pan with a lid – use any pan you have that’s at least this large.

A quart jar and lid

First, slice your cucumbers and onions paper thin and set them aside. My husband bought me this slicer years ago. It’s still sharp and one of my favorite tools.

In a pot, combine your sugar, vinegar, and seasonings. Heat while stirring continuously being careful not to let it boil. You’re only heating it up enough to melt the sugar thoroughly. Pour the liquid into a glass jar, put a lid on it and refrigerate.

Next, place a layer of cucumbers in the pan, then add a layer of onions, and sprinkle that layer with salt. Add another of layer of cucumbers, another layer of onions, and sprinkle with salt. Repeat this until all of your cucumbers and onions have been used. Put the lid on the pan and set it in the refrigerator overnight.

Layered Pickle Slices

In the morning, drain all of the liquid from the cucumber pan. Once thoroughly drained, pour the refrigerated liquid over your cucumber/onion slices and stir well. Reseal the pan and refrigerate for 24 hours more.

After 24 hours put them into a glass jar with lid. Store them in the refrigerator. Mrs. Minnie always said they will stay good for a year in the frig. I can’t verify that because they never make it that long at my house!

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I hope you enjoy this easy, delicious, sweet ice box pickle recipe. Those recipes handed down to us by family or friends are treasures. Want to read more of my old-timey recipes? Look here.

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Safe and Happy Journey,

Rhonda and The Pack

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