Sweet Pickle Recipe
Many pickle recipes have been handed down through families and shared with others. I think this you'll enjoy this sweet pickle recipe. Follow the simple rules and you should end up with nice crisp crunchy pickles.
How to Get Crisp Pickles
1. Always use fresh, just picked cucumbers that are not overripe . If you let them sit around, your canned pickles may be soft.
2. When purchasing seed for planting your cucumbers, buy cucumber seeds that are intended for pickling or purchase pickling cucumbers at the store. This will give you much crisper results.
3. Cucumbers shouldn’t be over 2” wide.
4. Be sure to remove the ends. Leaving the blossom end on can cause a softer pickle.
5. Follow the recommended processing times. Be sure to check the link at the bottom since recommended times change all of the time. Higher temperatures and longer times will produce a softer pickle.
6. Pickles should be stored no longer than 1 year on pantry shelves. They should be stored in a cool dark place.
Sweet Crisp Cucumber Recipe
Crisp Cucumber Pickles (makes 8-10 pints)
7 pounds of cucumbers
5 pounds sugar
½ gallon cider vinegar
1 box mixed pickling spices
2 cups lime
2 gallon water
1. Slice the cucumbers.
2. Dissolve the lime in the water. Place the cucumbers in this mixture and let soak for 24 hours.
3. Remove the cukes and wash an soak in clear water for 4 more hours, washing and soaking the cukes in fresh clear water every hour. Be careful while handling the cukes, since they will be quite crisp and you don’t want to break the slices. Don’t skip this step. It removes the lime.
4. Mix the vinegar, sugar and spices together and bring to a boil.
5. Drain the cukes and pour the hot mixture over them and leave overnight.
6. Bring to a boil 45 minutes.
7. Pack in jars and seal. Processing time is 30 minutes at 180 - 185 degrees.
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 19, 2011:
Mandi, Thanks for commenting. I hope you are able to make these and they turn out crisp and delicious.
MandiZimmera from La Crosse, Wisconsin on September 18, 2011:
I love a new pickle recipe! Thanks!
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 05, 2011:
feelhungry, Thanks for visiting and I hope you are able to try it.
feelhungry on September 05, 2011:
I will try this recipe one day. :-)
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 03, 2011:
Claire, Alum is used as a preservative and a crisping agent for pickles. I wouldn't play around with canning recipes myself since I personally don't know enough to recommend switching ingredients.
Using more than an ounce of Alum can actually be toxic. I wouldn't play around with it. The FDA is recommending it no longer is used in recipes.
claire on September 03, 2011:
I can not find lime can I use alum?
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 31, 2011:
AlabamaGirl, Thanks for commenting. I hope your pickles are delicious.
Iontach, Dill would be a different twist. They would be sweet dill pickles. Thanks for visiting the hub.
Iontach on August 31, 2011:
You know I've never tried pickling anything. You've just inspired me to make cucumber pickles. The next time I'm down at the supermarket I must pick up the ingredients.
I say it'd be lovely to put some dill in the jar to give the pickles a nice flavour.
AlabamaGirl86 on August 26, 2011:
I think I will try this one out.
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 22, 2011:
b. Malin, Thanks for viewing the hub and I hope you do give the recipe a try. Good luck.
b. Malin on August 22, 2011:
I just Love Pickles, and am tempted to try your Recipe Barbara...Wish me Luck!
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 20, 2011:
Sunshine625, happypuppy, Eiddwen, Thanks for visiting and commenting on the hub. I hope you all give the recipe a try and enjoy your pickles all winter.
Eiddwen from Wales on August 20, 2011:
Great hub and I will have to give this recipe a try.
Thanks for sharing and take care,
happypuppy on August 19, 2011:
Yummy! Great recipe.
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 19, 2011:
Barbara Kay do you take special orders :-) Looks and sounds yummy!
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 19, 2011:
Peg, Try the area where you find the salt or where you find the canning products like Mrs Wages, canning salt etc. Hopefully you are able to find it where you live.
Movie Master, Thanks for reading the hub. Best of luck and I hope you can make lots of pickles.
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on August 19, 2011:
Hi Barbara, I love this recipe for sweet pickles. Please tell me where in the grocery store to find the lime. Not the produce section for sure. ha ha. It's been years since I made pickles or canned food. You've inspired me to go to the next Farmer's Market.
Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 19, 2011:
Hi Barbara, I have so many cucumbers, this recipe is just what I need, thank you for sharing I am looking forward to making some.
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 19, 2011:
angeldale2, Thanks for commenting and I hope you are able to try it.
Angela Dale from Columbus, Ohio on August 19, 2011:
I love recipes!
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 18, 2011:
Fiddleman, Thanks for commenting. I thought some people could use a pickle recipe right now. The cucumbers here are really coming on now too.
I can't eat the hot peppers, but I bet jalapeno peppers do taste good for those that can.
Fiddleman on August 18, 2011:
Great recipe and cukes are plentiful in our area now. My wife had been making cucumber relish and recetnly added about 6 jalapeno peppers to a couple of runs. It turned out very good.