Sunday, March 4, 2012

Family Recipes - Lime Pickles

(Picture from my sister Jeannine's FB page)

(Grandma Yarbrough)

7 lb. cucumbers (about 1 gal.) sliced 1/4 in. thick
2 cups of lime (use fresh, not left over from last year)
2 gallon of cold water (town water preferred)

Let stand 24 hours in limewater.  Take pickles out of limewater and rinse 3 times.  (Put in fresh water in sink and rinse from side to side in a double sink - 3 times.)  Let stand in clear cold water for 3 hours.  Drain and wash cucumbers.  Put in the following cold mixture and let stand overnight. 

8 cups sugar         
2 tsp. mixed pickling spices(Put spices in bag)    
2 qt. Vinegar       
1 tsp. celery seed 
2 T. salt
You can add some green food coloring if desired.  Next morning simmer all together for 35 minutes, put in sterilized jars, and seal.  I usually put them in a cold packer and bring them to a boil.  Remove and tighten jars.  Jars that do not seal after a few hours you will need to refrigerate.

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