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                             CHRISTMAS PICKLES
 
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Holidays
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
                         -----SOAKING SOLUTION-----
    9                    Large cucumbers -- (8 to 10)
    2       c            Pickling lime
    2       ga           Water
                         -----BOILING SOLUTION-----
    1       c            Vinegar
    1                    Bottle Red Food Coloring
                         (Shilling’s is prettiest)
    1       tb           Alum
                         -----SYRUP-----
    2       c            Vinegar
   10       c            Sugar -- (5 pounds)
    2       c            Water
   14       oz           Red hots -- (12-14 oz.)
    8                    Cinnamon sticks -- l per jar
    2       ts           Salt
    8       pt           Canning jars
 
   1. Peel and remove seeds from 8 to 10 large cucumbers.
   Seeds can be removed with an apple corer. Slice into
   1/2 to 3/4 inch wide rings. Soak overnight in lime and
   water in a porcelain container (use non-aluminum).
   
   2. Wash, drain; soak in clear water and covered with
   ice cubes for 3 hours. Drain.
   3. Put in large pot. Cover with water and other
   ingredients for the boiling solution. Boil for 1 hour;
   then drain. 4. Make syrup and bring to boil to
   dissolve sugar. Use one cinnamon stick for each jar
   you think you will have. Pour syrup over cucumbers and
   let stand overnight.
   5. Drain syrup from cucumbers into separate pan and
   bring to a boil. Pour back over cucumbers. After cool,
   cover with Saran wrap. 6. Repeat step 5 for 3 days.
   7. On the fourth morning, heat syrup again. While
   heating, pack cucumbers in sterilized pint jars
   (larger jars can be used) with cinnamon stick. Pour
   heated juice into jars to fill up almost to top. If
   you don't have enough, make more juice of water and
   red food coloring. Seal jars. Putting in water bath is
   optional.
  
 
 
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