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Turmeric Pickles

on September 8, 2015

The recipe for today is another old one, judging by the use of the fountain pen. I’m sure Grandma wrote this recipe card out as she was preparing for her life as a wife and mother.  This photo of Grandma was taken on the farm where she grew up, about the time she got married.


I’m sure as a young bride she was making new and interesting things like these pickles for her handsome new husband! These Turmeric Pickles seem a bit exotic for Grandma. They use a lot of spices and some of them are a bit unusual. I didn’t know what cassia buds were, so I had to look it up. Cassia buds are the unopened flowers of the cinnamon tree – a bit more floral than regular cinnamon. Well, I was doing these right away and didn’t want to order them online and have to wait, or spend an entire day driving around trying to find them, so I just used stick cinnamon.

Turmeric Pickles

Turmeric Pickles 2

I can’t wait to taste these!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Turmeric Pickles

Put in salt water for 2 hours:

1 dozen cucumbers, sliced very thin

1/2 dozen onions, sliced very thin


Boil all together:

2 cups white vinegar

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon celery seed

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon whole mustard seed

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cassia buds (I used a half of a cinnamon stick in each jar instead)

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon whole peppercorns

Add drained cucumbers and onions to spice mixture.

Heat thoroughly.

Put in jars and seal.

According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, these should be in a hot water bath for 10 minutes when sealing the jars.


My preference is a mandolin to get nice, thin slices.


I only made a half recipe and it still looked like a mountain of cucumbers.


This was my biggest bowl holding all the cucumbers and onions.


Into the hot water bath they go!


Use old towels unless you don’t care about getting yellow stains on your good ones. Turmeric does stain, and one of these jars leaked a bit before the “pop” and being sealed.


The turmeric immediately starts to turn the cucumbers a golden yellow.


They’re so beautiful!! I can’t wait to taste these spicy pickles!! Try this very old and exotic recipe with your cucumbers this year!


One response to “Turmeric Pickles

  1. Mom says:

    They look beautiful and taste great!

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