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The magi didn’t bring fire & ice pickles as a gift……

Fire & Ice Pickles

Fire & Ice Pickles


I love the story of the Magi, when these three “wise men”/kings brought Baby Jesus precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Each gift related to Jesus in different ways:

Gold symbolized royalty.

Frankincense symbolized divinity (represents life and was used to anoint newborns).

Myrrh symbolized Jesus’ future death, as it was an ingredient used in embalming at the time.

Since this is the season for gift giving, try this most popular recipe for a gift from the kitchen.. Easy to make, even easier to eat!

I don’t think you can patent a recipe, but if I could, it would be this one. I could probably make a fortune selling these. One of my most requested recipes. I sold these to a local deli a while back and they couldn’t keep them in stock! These actually have a cult following.

Makes a wonderful gift from the kitchen packaged with a nice ham, cheese, etc.

1 quart jar plain generic wavy dill slices – the real thin inexpensive kind

2 cups sugar

1 clove garlic, smashed

1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon pickling spice put in tea bowl or tied up in cheesecloth – optional

Drain dills. Place in bowl and stir in rest of ingredients.  Leave at room temperature for several hours, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and forms a syrup.  Remove pickling spice if using.  Pack into jars and keep refrigerated.  Makes 2 pint jars.

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