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



Recipe Summary

20 mins
5 mins
1 day
1 day
5 1/2 quarts


Original recipe yields 100 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

67 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 17.2g; sodium 26.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
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 that they were very good. This recipe is close to the Mrs. Wages lime pickle recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 cloves, so don't overdo the amount of cloves. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! Read More