In search of a long lost pickle recipe

Published 9:07am Thursday, April 25, 2013

Admittedly, I’m a picky eater especially for a person raised in the South. Some have said that my finicky taste buds are just downright weird.
For example, I don’t like tomatoes. I like ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and most anything cooked with a tomato flavor but I do not enjoy biting into actual tomatoes, cooked or raw.
I don’t like fried green tomatoes. There, I said it. I don’t. While I’m confessing Southern sins, you might as well know, I don’t drink sweet tea.
I will give you a moment to recover …
Despite my issues with tomatoes, I do absolutely love sweet, green tomato pickles. They are one of my favorite foods on earth. (This is probably where I should mention that otherwise, I don’t like pickles at all. Weird, I know)
Unfortunately, as grandmothers have gotten older and some have even passed on, I’m afraid those wonderful recipes have gone with them. Those recipes were stored in their memories and not written down.
You know, those perfected recipes containing a pinch of this and a splash of that. I’ve scoured the Internet for “Southern, sweet, green tomato pickle” re­cipes, but it’s not the same. My lack of canning abilities doesn’t help either.
However, I’m not giving up. In true, Southern fashion, I am going to work on canning. Also, I’m going to try various pickle recipes until I get it perfected. In the meantime, please feel free to send your green tomato pickle recipes to me. I’m starting to get a little desperate.

Shannon Elliott is general manager of the Elmore County publications of Tallapoosa Publishers. She can be contacted, or sent pickle recipes, at

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