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Sweet Pickles with Raisins

From: Barbara
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2012 1:53:17 PM
Subject: old pickle recipe

Our family is from Pittsburgh,PA and of German descent (my great grandparents came from Germany). 
My uncle used to talk about "raisin jack pickles" that my grandmother used to make. This must have been in the 1930's & '40's. 
I have bing & Google searched but found only recipes for "booze"! (Also checked Food Network,, & 
She was no longer canning when I was born in 1945 so I have never had these pickles. 
My understanding is that they were a sweet pickle that included raisins in the recipe. 
I would greatly appreciate it if you could find this recipe so I can try it. Thank you so much for your efforts.


Hello Barbara,

I had no success finding anything with the name “raisin jack pickles”, but I did find a sweet pickle recipe with raisins. See below.


Cucumber Raisin Pickles.

4 cups sliced cucumbers
1 cup salt
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons raisins
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 tablespoon mustard seed

Soak cucumbers overnight in a salt solution made of one cup salt to one gallon water. Drain. 
Combine vinegar, sugar, raisins, celery and mustard seeds. Heat to boiling; add well-drained cucumbers. 
Boil 10 minutes. Pour into sterilized jars and seal at once.

This has to be the one! I think my uncle just could never remember the correct name. 
Thank you so much for responding so quickly! Now to try it out!


Hungarian Wax Peppers

From: Sharon 
Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2012 10:39 PM
Subject: hungarian wax peppers

Hi Phaedrus, 

I am looking for a Hungarian wax pepper canning recipe. The ingredients that i know are included in this recipe are Hungarian wax peppers, 
garlic, some kind of vinegar solution and maybe a bay leaf. My husbands mom and dad used to can them back in the 80's. 
Hope you can help us find this recipe.

Thanks Sharon

Hello Sharon,

There are several recipes for canning or pickling Hungarian wax peppers on the web. Most all call for garlic and vinegar. (I wouldn’t recommend one that doesn’t contain vinegar.) Many call for dill, but I didn’t find any that call for bay leaf.

See these sites for recipes and tips:

Little House in the Suburbs



Lessons in Farming


Sonic Hickory Burger Sauce

From: John
Subject: Sonic Hickory Burger Sauce
Date: Sunday, July 29, 2012 4:23 AM


I stumbled onto a very close duplication of this sauce. Here it is:

Heinz 57 Chili Sauce
Colgin hickory flavored liquid smoke

Pour some Chile Sauce into a small bowl. Add a few drops of the liquid
smoke and stir it up. Taste it and add more liquid smoke if needed.

This is very close to the Sonic version in both texture and taste.



Thanks, John!

QVC Cook's Essential Cake Pops, Donut Holes and Treat Maker

From: Bonnie 
Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 1:58 PM
Subject: Cake Pops etc

I purchased the cook’s essential Cake Pop, donut hole and treat maker from QVC.  
There was not recipe book but they said you would have great recipes.  
Well sorry but I can’t find them.  Possibly you can direct me where to go?

Thanks much


Hello Bonnie,

I’m not sure as to what they are referring. Perhaps that “treat maker” device is like an electric donut maker? If so, perhaps they mean that the electric donut maker recipes on my site will work in it. See here:
Electric Donut Maker Recipes

also, see these pages:
Drop Donut Maker Recipes

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