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Lime Pickles

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"They go really will with ham. Can't keep them on the shelf. They are worth the wait."
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1 d 11 h 25 m servings 67
Original recipe yields 100 servings (5 1/2 quarts)


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  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; 0 17.2 0.2 0 26 Full nutrition

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These pickles are east to make. I followed the recipe fairly close except for the waiting time. I would be doing something else and forget about the pickle. Everyone that has tried them said ...

I made a half recipe of this. It took 3 large cucumbers, peeled and seeded. This recipe is the same as my grandparents used to make. A great, crisp pickle. It's sweet and you can taste the clove...