5 pounds lg. cucumbers, peeled and cored 2 cups pickling lime, MIXED IN 2 gallons water 1 jar (2 ounce size) alum, MIXED IN 2 gallons water 2 ounces powdered ginger, MIXED IN 2 gallons water 3 pts. vinegar, MIXED IN 3 pts. water 5 pounds sugar whole cinnamon sticks whole cloves red or green food coloring
Peel and core cucumbers. Cut into rings or strips. Soak 24 hours in lime water; wash. Soak 24 hours in alum water; wash. Soak 6 hours in ginger water. Pour off (do not wash). Soak 3 or 4 hours in water, sugar, vinegar (whole) cinnamon, (whole) cloves. Tie cloves in white cloth and put cinnamon in whole. Add either red or green coloring. Boil 1 hour. Put in jars.
I made these christmas pickles last year and I used too much clove. The recipe doesn't tell you how much clove or cinnamon to use, so if anyone knows please post it. I want to make them again, they were good but a bit overpowering and I don't remember how much clove I used last year.