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Has anyone heard of secret sister pickles?

I'm reading old newspaper articles as part of a grad school research project on changes in farm technology post-WWII and the impact these changes had on rural life in a specific community in the Midwest. One of the sections of the paper is about changing diets and food traditions among farmers as they produced less and bought more of their own food.

I think the secret sister pickles recipe is an actually recipe, because in the article the author writes about how she'd like to create a cookbook with all the best recipes of the women in her community. This woman particularly loved pickles, and she mentions that she wants to include Helen's secret sister pickle recipe.

Has anyone heard of secret sister pickles?

I'm writing a paper for grad school on the impact that changing farming methods post-WWII had on small-scale farmers in a specific community in the Midwest, with a section on how changing food production methods changed rural diets and culinary traditions.

The author may not be referring to a specific pickle recipe, but in the article she writes about how she wants to collect all the favorite recipes of her community, and she specifically mention's Mary's dill pickles, Susan's sweet pickles, and Helen's secret sister pickles, with the secret sister being her personal favorite. So I think it is a real recipe, but I suppose it could have been Helen's personal recipe that she made up and thus isn't widely known.

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Has anyone heard of secret sister pickles?

I was reading some old newspaper articles from 1946 and found a reference to homemade "secret sister pickles," which the author of the article claims are excellent. I've looked online and through several vintage cookbook collections, and I can't find any reference to these pickles. Has anyone heard of them? Do you have a recipe?

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