INGREDIENTS: 2 gallons of oversized cucumbers, peeled and seeded, 2 cups pickling lime, 3 cups vinegar, 1 ounce red food coloring, 1 tablespoon alum, 10 cups sugar, 8 cinnamon sticks, 1 (12 ounce) bag red cinnamon candies.
SUPPLIES NEEDED: 2 LARGE enamel canning kettles, knife, spoon, canning jars, lids and rings, canning tongs, canning magnet, strainer, large wooden spoon.
Remember to use a non reactive cooking pot when doing this recipe. The metal will react with the lime and turn everything BLACK.
Combine cucumber rings ( I prefer to cut the cucumber in half, use your spoon to clean out seeds and then slice. ), lime and 8 1/2 quarts of water in large container; let stand for your first 24 hours.
Drain, then rinse in clear water. Cover with water; let stand 3 hours; then drain.
Place cucumbers in large kettle; add 1 cup vinegar, food coloring, alum, and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 hours and drain.
Combine remaining 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups water, sugar, cinnamon and candy in large saucepan ( I prefer large canning kettle) ; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar in dissolved. Pour over cucumbers; let stand for another 24 hours.
Drain, reserving syrup. Bring syrup to a boil; pour over cucumbers. Let stand for another 24 hours.
Drain, reserving syrup. Bring syrup to a boil; pour over cucumbers. Let stand for final 24 hours. *This is the last day of soaking.
After last day of soaking then heat syrup and cucumbers. Pack into hot sterilized jars, covering cucumbers with syrup, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Cover with sterilized lids and bands screwing bands tight.
THESE are wonderful and crisp! They taste like crisp apple rings but better! You can make your own which takes numerous days or you can come to the CARE Cannery and buy yours there. All profits go to vetting care dogs!