A Pickle question

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I have an old pickle recipe I have been using for years.  They are called Aristocrat Pickles.  It is a sweet thin sliced crunchy pickle.  What I would like to know is can it be made with very small 1 -2inch whole cucumbers.  The pickles are brined for 8 days, drained and then simmered for 1/2 hour in alum water, drained, covered with ginger water and simmered for another 1/2 hour, drained  and then simmered in a spiced syrup for 1/2 hour. 
 
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So these cukes are the size of Cornichons?  Don't see why it wouldn't work - give it a go and find out :) You could split them length wise as another option.
 
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Teresa, there's no reason it shouldn't work, with one proviso: You might have to leave them in the brine more than 8 days, to assure penetration. What I would do is, on the 8th day, cut one lengthwise and see what it looks like. If you think the action has reached the center, your're good to go. If not, let them soak another day or two.

The rest of your procedure can stay the same. The alum bath is used merely to crisp-up the pickles, and the other baths just add their flavors to the mix. But it's the brining step that counts most.
 
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Thanks, I think I will try it as a small batch first.  My crocks are all large , so I usually do 15-20 qts at a time.  But if it fails, it wastes a lot of sugar, so small at first.  My garden is doing so well this year, but that means everything at once.
 
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I'm sure you know this, but, in case not, when small-batch testing that sort of recipe, any non-reactive container will work.
 

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