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Polish Sweet-and-Sour Pickles Recipe - Słodko Kwaśnym Ogórkiem

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Sweet-and-Sour Pickles

Sweet-and-Sour Pickles

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Eastern Europeans love the combination of sweet and sour flavors just about as much as they love to preserve foods. Here is a wonderful recipe for sweet-and-sour pickles. In Polish, this is known as słodko-kwaśnym ogórkiem (SWOHD-koh KVASH-nim oh-GOORR-kyem). Recipes for sweet pickles abound. This is just one and it doesn't require a hot-water bath, so the jarred pickles must be refrigerated (up to two weeks) until eaten.

Yield: About 8 quart jars Sweet Pickles


  • 25 medium pickling cucumbers, washed and sliced 1/4-inch thick with a crinkle vegetable cutter, if desired
  • 6 medium onions, cut into thin rings
  • 2 washed and diced green peppers
  • 3 minced cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup pickling salt or kosher salt
  • 3 cups cider or white vinegar
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric


  1. In a large bowl, combine cucumbers with onions, green peppers, garlic and salt. Let marinate 3 hours.

  2. In a large saucepan, mix vinegar with sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, cloves and turmeric. Bring to a boil.

  3. Add the marinating liquid to the saucepan and again bring to a boil. Meanwhile, fill up to 8 sterilized quart jars with sliced cucumbers, vegetables and spices, packing tightly. When vinegar mixture returns to the boil, immediately pour it into the jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Cover with sterilized lids and rings, screwing them on. Turn upside down on a clean cloth and cool. Refrigerate cooled pickles until ready to serve.
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Amazing pickle recipe!, Member sdrake0904

I halved this recipe and made 4 quart jars instead of 8. It worked great! I used medium-sized cucumbers from my garden instead of pickling cucumbers, and they worked fine. Also, I used both apple cider vinegar and white vinegar (half and half.) I have made this recipe multiple times. Everyone that has tried the pickles have loved them! My best friend loves them and requires that I give her jars of pickles every time she visits. Thanks for the great recipe!

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