Rosy pickles- to use those bitter cucumbers
This is that pickle recipe to use up those overgrown, bitter cucumbers.
2 gal. cucumbers, peeled and cut in long strips with seeds removed. (The overgrown cucumbers work best. Watermelon rind works also.)
2 c. lime
4 c.vinegar, 5% acidity
1 oz. red food color
3 (3-oz. pkgs) red hot cinnamon candies
12 cinnamon sticks
Step #1: 1st day: Soak cucumbers 24 hours in lime and 2 gallons water.
Step #2; 2nd day: Drain and wash several times. Soak 3 hours in tap water. Drain again. Simmer 3 hours in a brine of 1c. vinegar, alum, red food coloring, and enough water to cover. Drain and throw away the brine. Dissolve red hot cinnamon candies in 3c. cold water. Bring to boil a brine of sugar, 3 c. vinegar, cinnamon, and the dissolved red hot candies. Pour this brine over the cucumbers, and let stand for 24 hours.
Step #3; 3rd day: Drain and reserve liquid. Reheat and pour over the cucumbers again.
Step 4; 4th day: Repeat as for 3rd day.
Step 5; 5th day: Heat cucumbers in brine. Pack into hot jars, and seal while hot.
These pickles are so good that my friend always gave my DH and I our own jars, as DH complained that I would not share mine with him. LOL