7 Day Sweet Pickles

Nanny’s 7 Day Sweet Pickles are super crispy and sweet! This easy to make, old fashioned recipe was always a favorite of mine. There is no heat required and is an excellent way to preserve summer’s harvest!

Nanny's 7 Day Sweet Pickles


I don’t make pickles too often, but when I do, I will choose to make this recipe for Nanny’s 7 Day Sweet Pickles or my Aunt Bonnie’s Dill Pickle recipe. My mom used to make a bread and butter pickle that I like, but if I was asked my favorite sweet pickle, I wanted Nanny’s super “green” pickle!


7 day sweet pickles


Cucumbers are a definite favorite in our house. Whether we eat them just sliced, in sandwiches, or pickled, they don’t last long. I will often times slice a cucumber to put in Grumpy’s lunch box, something he really enjoys eating. There is just something about the cooling, refreshing feeling you get from eating one!


7 Day Sweet Picles

For this recipe, there is absolutely no processing. The most “cooking” you will do is boiling the water and vinegar! No need to process these in a processor and if you want to can them to seal, you just do the hot water sterilization pack. However, you don’t really need to do that because they will last in your fridge for a long time (if you don’t eat them up in a week!).

7 Day Sweet Pickles


You start by soaking the cucumbers in water. Then in alum water. The alum is what helps make these pickles keep their crispness. After the alum water comes the hot vinegar bath. They will sit a few days in the vinegar and pickling spices then you will add your sugar.


7 Day Sweet Pickles


Once the sugar is added, you toss the cucumbers with the sugar and let it set a couple of hours then pack the pickles in jars, cover with syrup and if needed a little more vinegar (to top off).


7 Day Sweet Pickles


This is probably the easiest pickle recipe out there to make and I love how green, crisp, vinegary, sweet, these pickles are, but most of all nostalgic. Bringing back days of my past and memories of Nanny.


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7 Day Sweet Pickles

Nanny's 7 Day Sweet Pickles

Nanny's 7 Day Sweet Pickle recipe is an old-fashioned, easy to make pickle recipe! It requires no processing, Just 7 days of sitting and soaking!
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Cuisine: American
Keyword: crispy pickle, cucumber, fermented, green pickle, old-fashioned recipe, pickles, super green pickle, sweet
Prep Time: 7 days
Total Time: 7 days
Servings: 100
Calories: 35kcal


  • 10 lbs small cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 3 tbsp alum
  • 6 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pickling spice
  • 4 cups granulated sugar


Day 1:

  • 1. Clean cucumbers and soak in ice cold water bath for 30 minutes. Drain cucumbers, trim ends then cut into thick chunks. Pack cucumbers in a gallon sized food safe jar. Cover with boiling water. Let sit 24 hours.

Day 2:

  • Drain water from cucumber slices. Add salt. Pour boiling water over top of cucumbers and salt. Cover and let sit 24 hours.

Day 3:

  • Drain cucumbers. Add alum. Pour boiling water over cucumbers to cover. Cover and let sit 24 hours.

Day 4:

  • Drain cucumbers. Place pickling spice in cheesecloth tied with string to form purse. Place in jar with cucumbers. Bring cider vinegar to a boil. Pour over cucumbers. Let sit for 3 days. (Days 5-7)

Day 7:

  • Drain cucumbers, reserving 2 cups vinegar. Remove cheesecloth with pickling spices and discard. Place cucumbers in large mixing bowl. Pour sugar over top and toss to coat cucumbers. Let sit for at least two hours.
  • Pack pickles into hot sterilized jars. Pour juice from cucumbers over top of pickles. If you need a little more juice to cover pickles, pour some of the reserved vinegar over top to cover. Seal and store in refrigerator.


Calorie and serving numbers are estimates only.


Calories: 35kcal

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


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  9. Liz August 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    These look just like what my mom used to make! My favorite kind of pickles!!

  10. Renee @ReneesKitchenAdventures August 28, 2016 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    I adore sweet pickles. I know I’d love these!! I’ve never used alum when I make pickles. I’ll have to try that.

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    I have never made sweet pickles before. I will have to give these a try!

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    I could eat a jar of these!

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  20. Kim July 20, 2018 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Do you refrigerate these at all prior to them being placed in their jars for storage?

    • Shelby July 21, 2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      No, I don’t refrigerate them until after you have an unsealed jar (if you hot pack to seal as instructed). So, once the jar is sealed, you can store these on your shelf until it is ready to open. If a jar did not seal, then you should refrigerate the unsealed jar. I hope this answered your question!

      • kathy Pressley Dills May 7, 2020 at 2:12 pm - Reply

        Have you ever added onions to these? Like bread and butter pickles?

        • Shelby Law Ruttan May 7, 2020 at 2:50 pm - Reply

          I have not. I love bread and butter pickles, but these 7 Day pickles have a distinctly different flavor to me. I’m not sure I would like onions in these pickles.

  21. Jennifer August 16, 2018 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    I cannot stand the taste of vinegar, how long do these need to sit before the sugar over takes most of the vinegar flavor?

    • Shelby August 18, 2018 at 9:23 am - Reply

      Hi Jennifer, there will still be a vinegar bite to the pickle, but it is a sweet bite.

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  25. Caro thompkins June 26, 2019 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I have made nanny’s seven day pickles and it is timeto put in jars. How do I seal the jars for these pickles

    • Shelby Law Ruttan June 29, 2019 at 6:44 am - Reply

      Hi Carol, these are hot packed into jars then stored in the refrigerator. If you want to store them on a shelf, I would sterilize the jars and lids, and hot pack. As the jars cool, the lid should seal (you will hear a pop). No need to process them in a canner.

  26. Wendyrhea July 22, 2019 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this recipe. It is the same one my momma and nanny used. I always called them nanny pickles. Lol at thanksgiving my nanny would promise me whatever was left in the pickle bowl if I ate a spoon of her dressing. I hated dressing! But I swallowed it so I could have my pickles. The sweet thing is nanny would always fill the bowl back up to the top with pickles for me. They were my special dessert. So far I have made 3 gallon jars. Wonder how long they will last me. Haha!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan July 22, 2019 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Wendy! Thank you for sharing this with me 🙂 It’s heartwarming to hear someone else who had a Nanny as sweet as mine, and one who made the same pickles! I hope you enjoy them for a long time!! ˜Shelby

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  28. Tandy Willingham September 23, 2019 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I made these last week. I didn’t have enough cucumbers from my garden & it’s just my hubby & me so I cut the recipe in half. These are really good! My husband is not fond of sweet pickles but he likes these because they are not real sweet snd very crisp. Had enough to share with friends too. Thanks.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan September 23, 2019 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      Th Tandy, so glad you made them and enjoyed them!! Thanks for stopping by to let me know.

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  30. Adrienne August 11, 2020 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Love your site (the popups not so much) Making Nanny’s 7 Day Sweets. Just put vinegar in last night Whem you sY hot pack, you simply mean heat the jars? Not the syrup or reserved vinegar? And the hot jars and lids are enough to seal them? Thanks 😊

    • Shelby Law Ruttan August 11, 2020 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Hi Adrienne, thanks. When it comes time to pack them this is what I did last night as I made them myself: syrup from the cukes (there should be some from the sugar dissolving), add it to the vinegar solution and bring it to a boil. I also added the spice packet to the vinegar. I washed the jars and put them in a pan of hot water and kept them at a low simmer after the water boiled. I added the sealing lid also. When the vinegar was hot, I removed a jar from the hot water, filled it with as many pickles as I could and then poured the boiling vinegar over top. Place a hot sealing lid on the jar rim (after wiping the rim clean) and secure the screw cap. Then set them on a towel on your counter and cover with another towel. They should seal by the time they are cold. If not, I would process in a canner for 10 minutes or store any unsealed in the fridge. I hope this helps. I know I need to update this post which is why I was making the recipe myself this week. Feel free to reach out if you need more assistance. ˜Shelby (ps you shouldn’t be getting the pop ups anymore, I had them removed from the site, if you do, please send me a screenshot via email of what you see and I will get my tech team on it. Thanks!)

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