This makes about 6 quarts of liquid. It depends on how full you make your jars as to how many jars you will get from the recipe. I have never tried making them without peeling them. They will keep on the shelf for at least 3 or 4 months. I usually get about 8 or 9 quarts. You can keep the liquid in the fridge and reheat if you don’t have enough cucumbers to use up all the liquid. You could also cut the recipe in half to see if you like the pickles. The food coloring just makes for a prettier jar of pickles.