Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s Great-Grandmother’s Pickle Recipe

A local group of Red Hat Society ladies paid a visit to the museum this morning. Upon seeing our small display of pickle recipes, one of the group members, Judy (Cota) Cantleberry, offered to provide us with her grandmother’s dill pickle recipe. Judy’s grandmother, who also happens to be the great-grandmother of Governor Tim Pawlenty, is Mary Pawlenty. As written by Judy, here is Mary’s recipe, which is cherished by the family:

13 cups of water
1 quart of Cider Vinegar
1 “scant” cup of salt

Boil together 5 minutes.

Pack jars with whole small cucumbers, 3 or 4 cloves of garlic and lots of dill. Cover with hot liquid and seal – put in boiling water bath 5 minutes.

If you’ve never made pickles before, here is a complete article on the canning process by Jackie Clay at Backwoods Home Magazine:

Thanks, Judy, for sharing your grandmother’s recipe, and thanks to the Red Hat Society ladies for being such a fun group.


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