Canning pickles

Asked August 24, 2015, 7:32 AM EDT

I am making lime pickles. I soaked them in the lime solution. I did the second step of rinsing them with water. It seemed like they were slimy before I put them to soak in water over night. Does that indicate they are spoiled and shouldn't be processed further? I have made them many times in past years. Thank you Jeanette Knudsen, Elk Horn, IA

Shelby County Iowa

1 Response

It is important that your cucumbers be fresh and tender in order for them to give you a quality product. Cucumbers deteriorate rapidly so it is suggested that you pickle them within 24 hours after they are picked. Slimy cucumbers would be a sign of decay so I would not keep those.