Christmas Red Pickles

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These cinnamon-flavored sweet pickles are a bit like candied apples. Kind of time consuming but worth the time.

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Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 12 hrs
Total Time:
1 day 15 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
80
Yield:
10 pint jars

Ingredients

  • 7 pounds large cucumbers

  • 1 cup pickling lime (calcium hydroxide)

  • 2 teaspoons red food coloring

  • 1 teaspoon powdered alum

  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar

  • 7 cups white sugar

  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup cinnamon red hot candies

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Directions

  1. Peel cucumbers, halve lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cut the cucumber into 1/4 inch half circles, and place into a glass or ceramic crock. Dissolve the pickling lime in about 1 quart of room temperature water, pour over the cucumbers, then add additional water until the cucumbers are covered by 1/2 inch. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours.

  2. Drain the cucumbers and rinse well with cold water. Place into a large stockpot, and cover with cold water. Allow to stand for 3 hours, then drain and rinse again.

  3. Return the cucumbers to the pot, add the food coloring, alum, 1 cup vinegar, and enough water to cover by 1/2 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer, and cook 2 hours. Once the cucumbers have cooked for 2 hours, drain and allow to cool a bit before placing into the glass or ceramic jar.

  4. Stir together sugar, 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups water, cinnamon red hot candies, and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar and candies dissolve. Pour this mixture over the warm cucumbers, cover, and let stand overnight.

  5. Pack pickles into pint jars, and process in a hot water bath for 15 to 20 minutes. Refrigerate any jars that do not seal.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

85 Calories
22g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 80
Calories 85
% Daily Value *
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 60mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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