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Christmas Pickles

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Rating: 4/5
1 review

ready in: over 5 hrs
serves/makes:   5 lbs.

recipe id: 29654
cook method: stovetop

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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.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
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.

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