Michigan State University Extension
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Lime may be sold as calcium hydroxide or calcium oxide,
and we have been asked if both compounds can be used in
pickle recipes calling for lime as a crispening agent.
These two compounds can be used interchangeably as long as
the package is clearly labeled hydrated, slaked, builder's,
or household lime. Neither compound should be used if the
package is labeled agricultural, burnt, or quick lime. By
using up-to-date recipes and high-quality ingredients, firm
crisp pickles can be made without the use of lime.

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