When I was growing up, the only pickles Granny ever made were Bread and Butter Pickles. After The Deer Hunter and I were married his mother, Miss Cindy, introduced me to 14 Day Pickles-let's just say in my opinion they put the smack down on Bread and Butter Pickles.
Granny never uses crocks in any of her canning. She cans everything in the jars-including kraut-which she has to leave on the porch because it has been known to explode.
The Deer Hunter's family use crocks to make kraut, pickled beans/corn, and pickles. Papaw (the Deer Hunter's Dad) said when he was growing up they left the kraut or pickled beans and corn in the crock instead of canning it. His mother would send someone to "dip" some out when she needed it.
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