Rosy pickles- to use those bitter cucumbers

little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)July 12, 2009

This is that pickle recipe to use up those overgrown, bitter cucumbers.

Rosy Pickles

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 tbsp.alum

1 oz. red food color

3 (3-oz. pkgs) red hot cinnamon candies

5lbs. sugar

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

Janie

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moogies(z8, D/FW Texas)

Those sound great! I didn't grow cukes this year, but now I'm heading to the store to buy a watermelon! Thanks for the recipe.

Kathi

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 9:53AM
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PKponder TX(7b)

My Gram used to make those! They are sooo sweet!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 10:36AM
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moogies(z8, D/FW Texas)

Ummm - where do I get powdered lime and alum?

Kathi

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 11:00AM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

We buy them at HEB, or WalMart, if you have a super WM. Alum is in the spice department, and canning lime is with canning supplies.

My Granny used to do this with watermelon, and she used Black Diamonds, because they have a nice thick rind. They were delicious!

Janie

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 7:37PM
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moogies(z8, D/FW Texas)

Well, I went to the Harvest Forum and they were very helpful.
If you can't find lime and alum, you can use Pickle Crisp or Calcium Chloride instead. In fact - they said it's healthier and less trouble.

Here's the modified recipe, using PC or CC (also, I'll use Splenda):

ROSY PICKLES -- This is a pickle recipe to use up those overgrown, bitter cucumbers.

2 gal. cucumbers, peeled and cut in long strips with seeds removed. (Overgrown cucumbers work best. Watermelon rind works also.)
4 cups vinegar, 5% acidity
1 oz. red food color
3 (3-oz. pkgs) red hot cinnamon candies
5 lbs. sugar (SPLENDA or Sugar/Splenda mixture)
12 cinnamon sticks
Pickle Crisp or Calcium Chloride

1st day: Simmer 3 hours in a brine of 1 cup vinegar, red food coloring, and enough water to cover. Drain and throw away the brine.

Dissolve red hot cinnamon candies in 3 cups cold water.

Bring to boil a brine of Splenda/sugar, 3 cups vinegar, cinnamon, and the dissolved red hot candies.
Pour this brine over the cucumbers, and let stand for 24 hours.

2nd day: Drain and reserve liquid. Reheat and pour over the cucumbers again.

3rd day: Repeat as for 3rd day.

4th day: Heat cucumbers in brine.

Place Pickle Crisp or Calcium Chloride (1 tsp/pint) in each hot, clean jar

Pack into hot jars, and seal while hot.

Does anyone know if you process with a boiling water bath and, if so, for how long?

Kathi

    Bookmark   July 17, 2009 at 7:49PM
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