Pumpkin Pickles

Recipe for Pumpkin Pickles


4 cups pumpkin, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 sticks cinnamon
10 whole cloves


Steam pumpkin until barely tender, about 10 minutes (don’t let the pumpkin touch the boiling water or it will get mushy). Drain thoroughly and set aside.

In a saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, and cloves and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add pumpkin, return to a simmer, cover, and cook for 3 minutes more. Remove pan from heat and leave the pumpkin in the syrup; refrigerate for 24 hours.

Heat mixture to simmering and cook 5 minutes. Remove spices and pack pumpkin into sterilized jars. Fill with syrup. Seal and process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.


Makes about 3 pints.

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pickled pumpkin

I have some in freezer - how would they work? Too mushy?

pumpkin pickles recipe

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Hi, Liz. We would not recommend using frozen pumpkin. You are right–too  mushy.

Post bottling storage

Have never tried making pumpkin pickles before so I'm comparing various recipes. Some recipes say to refrigerate the bottled pickled after preparation. Is this the only way to store them or can they be left at room temperature after the jars have sealed ?

how to make pumpkin pickles

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The recipe above uses the boiling water bath method so these could be stored outside of the refrigerator until you open them. If the pickles are not processed, you should store them in the fridge.

hi! how long after filling

hi! how long after filling the jars and sealing them are the pickles ready to eat? do I have to wait? thanks!

To allow pickles to mellow,

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To allow pickles to mellow, wait at least 3 weeks before opening.

What kind of seal is used for

What kind of seal is used for this?

I live at 8500 ft. Would 15

I live at 8500 ft. Would 15 minutes boiling time be enough? Would 20 minutes be safer?

Hello, Karen. At 8500 ft.,

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Hello, Karen. At 8500 ft., you need to add 20 minutes to the processing time.

Is the refrigeration step

Is the refrigeration step necessary if I am going to can them? Can they go straight from the simmer to the jars?

Yes, that step is necessary.

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Yes, that step is necessary. Enjoy, Jerry!

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