Prep 30 mins
Cook 72 hrs
Don't be put off by the steps involved in making these pickles. It is not really hard at all, just takes a few minutes of planning time to work out the cooking when it is best for your schedule. The end results are well worth the effort. People do not believe that these are cucumber pickles. Most people think they are cinnamon apple rings.
- 7 lbs cucumbers
- 1 cup pickling lime
- 1 gallon water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 (1 ounce) bottle red food coloring
- 1 tablespoon alum
- 2 cups vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 12 cups sugar
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 1 (12 ounce) package red-hot candies
- Select large overripe cucumbers.
- Peel, core, slice 1/3 inch thick and core out all seeds, leaving the cucumber in a ring.
- Soak in lime and 1 gallon water for 24 hours.
- Soak, covered with ice water for 3 hours.
- Mix 2 cup vinegar, food coloring, 1 tablespoon alum and enough water to cover.
- Pour over cucumbers and simmer for 2 hours.
- Pour off liquid.
- Bring to a boil 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups water, 12 cups sugar, cinnamon sticks and red hots.
- Pour over cucumbers and let stand for 24 hours.
- Pour syrup back into a large pot and bring to a boil.
- Put cucumbers in jars and pour hot syrup over cucumbers.
- Place 1 of the cinnamon sticks from the mixture in each jar.
- Process for 10 minutes in water bath for pints and 15 mintes for quarts.
The list of ingredients indicates 1 cup of vinegar the first time it is used but 2 cups of vinegar in the body of the recipe. Which is it?
I just finished canning these last night! I had been looking for a 'stickle' recipe (that's what we call them here in 'Burg') - The only real difference I had was to cut them into small 'sticks' instead of rings.. Then I placed them 'standing up in the jar.' But I used everything else on the recipe exactly as listed. My mother in law makes these also, but the recipe is a couple days longer, and it takes a lot more cucumbers. (which I didn't have) I think hers taste a little bit more like 'candy' than mine, but maybe that comes with time on the shelf.. I will have to compare the recipes and see what the differences are exactly.. I would like to make these again, but find a way to make them just a bit more 'candy-ish'.. They are still sweet and good. A nice side to cottage cheese or perhaps a garnish for some applesauce. They kind of put me in the mind of cinnamon apple rings, but I like the texture of these a lot better! Nice and crunchy - not at all mushy! Thanks for the recipe! I'll definitely make these again!
Hi Jellyqueen I had been looking for this recipe for a while now... finally found it and omg! its wonderful! I will be making more every year! thanks again for the recipe Sweetbear