Followed this recipe: * 7 1/2 pounds Cucumber * 2 cups pickling lime * 2 gallons cold water * 2 quarts Vinegar * 4 1/2 pounds Sugar * 1 tablespoon Pickling Salt * 1 tablespoon Pickling spice Dissolve lime in water. Pour over cucumbers and let sit 24 hours. Drain, rinse let soak in fresh water for an hour and repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 hours. Mix together vinegar, sugar, salt and spice, bring to boil and let cool. Pour over cucumbers and let sit overnight Boil in vinegar mix 35 minutes and then pack into hot sterilized jars But........ Here's the kicker. My cucumbers were nice and full when the boiling started. By the end of that boiling they were shriveled to HALF their original size. Made half of what I was expecting to make. I don't remember them being this way when my grandmother made them. Did I do something wrong? These are her directions. Mom can't figure it out either. Did grandma leave something out?