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
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.