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Crisp Sweet Cucumber Pickle Recipe

Updated on July 26, 2017
Canned Sweet Pickles
Canned Sweet Pickles | Source

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.

Pickling Cucumbers
Pickling Cucumbers | Source

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.


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    • Barbara Kay profile image

      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Mandi, Thanks for commenting. I hope you are able to make these and they turn out crisp and delicious.

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      MandiZimmera 6 years ago from La Crosse, Wisconsin

      I love a new pickle recipe! Thanks!

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      feelhungry, Thanks for visiting and I hope you are able to try it.

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      feelhungry 6 years ago

      I will try this recipe one day. :-)

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      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.

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      claire 6 years ago

      I can not find lime can I use alum?

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Iontach 6 years ago

      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.



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      AlabamaGirl86 6 years ago

      I think I will try this one out.

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      b. Malin, Thanks for viewing the hub and I hope you do give the recipe a try. Good luck.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      I just Love Pickles, and am tempted to try your Recipe Barbara...Wish me Luck!

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Great hub and I will have to give this recipe a try.

      Thanks for sharing and take care,


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      happypuppy 6 years ago

      Yummy! Great recipe.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Barbara Kay do you take special orders :-) Looks and sounds yummy!

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      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.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      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.

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      angeldale2, Thanks for commenting and I hope you are able to try it.

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      Angela Dale 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      I love recipes!

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Fiddleman 6 years ago

      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.