Should I Remove Cucumber Prickles Before Pickling?

published Jul 16, 2010
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Q: I planted Calypso pickling cucumbers in my garden this year. They are growing very well, and I already have an early yield of 10 larger pickling cucumbers from just four plants! These cucumbers are very prickly and I want to make bread and butter pickles out of them.

Do I try to remove the prickles before canning? Or do I make them into pickles with the spikes on?

Sent by Hilary

Editor: Hilary, we’re going to turn this tongue-twister of a question straight over to our readers. What say you, expert picklers? Do you scrape off your cucumber prickles, or just let them be?

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