I'm investing about $100 in canning supplies to save us money over the winter. I'm pretty sure we'll make our money back in 1-3 yeas because we have access to free pears in our yard and tons of free apples around us. But I also want to try my hand at pickles, because I love them, and pickling cukes are very cheap now. I can't find a recipe for pickles that don't use sugar though, unless I want to ferment them for six weeks! Is there a way around this? I've searched in the ball canning book as well as online but to no avail. I love pickles but we never buy them because they ones that aren't filled with crap are so expensive. Help!