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Momma's Golden Glow Pickles: Easy Homemade Recipe

Lisa Jane has been cooking for many years. She loves trying out new recipes as well as cooking old family favorites.

Momma's golden glow pickles

Momma's golden glow pickles

My Family's Favorite Pickles

Growing up, we always had a garden. One of the vegetables we grew was cucumbers, and every year my mom would make her famous golden glow pickles, which were always a huge hit in my family. Her pickles didn't last long since we all loved them so much!

My mother made these pickles a lot when my sisters and I were little, but she hadn't made them for a while. She just made them again recently, and they taste just as good as I remember.

What to Do With Too Many Cucumbers

If you have an overabundance of cucumbers, you should try making these delicious pickles. I should add that they're super easy to make, too. I hope you love them as much as my family does.

Why Are They Called "Golden Glow"?

My family calls these pickles golden glow because when they are done they have a beautiful, golden yellow color.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

1 hour 30 min

2 hours

Many servings


  • 6 quarts ripe cucumbers, peeled and cubed
  • 4 small onions, chopped
  • 2 red sweet peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 1/3 tablespoons turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons celery seed
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1 quart vinegar


  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a large saucepan. Cook until the cucumbers are tender and crisp, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Allow the pickles to cool before serving. Place the remaining pickles in the refrigerator.

Fun Facts About Pickles

  • Pickles have a long history that goes all the way back to Ancient Mesopotamia, some 4,000 years ago.
  • Queen Cleopatra of Egypt believed that eating pickles contributed to her beauty.
  • Roman emperor Julias Caesar made sure his troops ate pickles because he believed they would make his men stronger.
  • Christopher Columbus brought pickles on his transatlantic voyages to the Americas.
  • Henry John Heinz, founder of the Heinz food company in 1869, became known as the Pickle King. Concerned about food safety, he worked on efforts to pass the federal Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which eventually led to the creation of the modern-day Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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