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Old Fashion Maine Mustard Pickles

Here’s a super easy recipe for slightly spicy, very crunchy pickles from a gal I worked with at a boatyard in Maine.


  • 2 heaping tablespoons sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon canning salt
  • 1 heaping tablespoon dry mustard
  • apple cider vinegar- enough to fill quart jar packed with cucumbers 2/3 full
  • cold water- enough to top off quart jar of cucumbers


Cut cukes into quarters, spears, or use small cukes. Pack into quart size jar. Add dry ingredients. Fill jar 2/3 with cider vinegar. Then add cold water to fill the jar to the brim. Shake well, and again shake jars every once in a while for the next 24 hrs or whenever you think of it. (If you keep them somewhere easily visible, just give ’em a shake everytime to pass by.)

I also like to add at least a heaping tablespoon of chopped garlic or several individual cloves, and sometimes a red chile or two.

Since these aren’t cooked or actually canned, it’s best to keep them in the fridge for storage.

Submitted by Kristin Terpening, Tucson CSA