Lime Pickles


They go really will with ham. Can't keep them on the shelf. They are worth the wait.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 11 hrs
Total Time:
1 day 11 hrs 25 mins
5 1/2 quarts


  • 2 gallons water

  • 2 cups pickling lime (calcium hydroxide)

  • 7 pounds cucumbers, cut into chunks

  • 6 cups cold vinegar

  • 8 cups white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons pickling spice

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon celery seed

  • ½ teaspoon whole cloves

  • 1 drop food coloring, or as desired


  1. Mix 2 gallons water and pickling lime together in a large bowl; add cucumbers and soak, stirring often, for 24 hours. Drain and thoroughly rinse cucumbers under cold water.

  2. Fill a large bowl with ice water and soak cucumbers for 3 hours; drain.

  3. Pour cold vinegar into a large pot. Mix sugar, pickling spice, salt, celery seed, cloves, and food coloring into vinegar until dissolved. Add cucumbers; let sit, 8 hours to overnight.

  4. Bring cucumber mixture to a boil; remove pot from heat.

  5. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack cucumber mixture into hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a clean knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.

  6. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 15 minutes.

  7. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.

Cook's Notes:

Pickling lime is also known as slaked lime.

Make vinegar mixture recipe 1 1/2 times so you will have plenty.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

67 Calories
17g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 100
Calories 67
% Daily Value *
Sodium 26mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 48mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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