red hots (candied cucumbers)

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By LaDesta McCann
from Conway, AR

I got this recipe from my mother-in-law because my husband loves them and this past summer I had an aubadance of cucumbers. It does however take five days to make this recipe and plenty of space. I have given them away for Christmas gifts as well until my husband found out...lol.

★★★★★ 1
serves 12 pints

Ingredients For red hots (candied cucumbers)

  • 2 c
    lime (pickling lime)
  • 8 1/2 qt
    water
  • DAY 2
  • 1 c
    vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
    alum
  • 1 bottle
    small red food coloring
  • 3 1/2 c
    vinegar
  • 3 1/2 c
    water
  • 10 c
    sugar
  • 3 pkg
    6oz bags of red cinnamon candies
  • 8 stick
    cinnamon
  • DAY 3
  • 1 c
    sugar
  • all liquid from day 2
  • DAY 4
  • 1 c
    sugar
  • all liquid from day 3

How To Make red hots (candied cucumbers)

  • 1
    1st Day Peel, core and cut into chunks 2 gallons cucumbers (Use large ones) Mix a solution of: 2 cups of lime and 8 1/2 quarts of water Let cucumbers soak in solution for 24 hours in a non-metal container.
  • 2
    2nd Day Remove cucumbers from lime and rinse 3 times. Let stand for 3 hours in ice water. Mix a solution of: 1 cup vinegar, 1 small bottle red food coloring, 1 tablespoon alum Place cucumbers in a large pan (like a roaster). Mix enough water with the solution to cover cucumbers, bring to boil then simmer for 2 hours. Drain liquid off and throw away. Add a mixture of: 3 1/2 cups vinegar, 10 cups sugar, 3 1/2 cups water, 8 sticks cinnamon, 3-6 ounce packages cinnamon candies Bring to a boil, stirring till candies are dissolved. Pour over cucumbers and let stand 24 hours.
  • 3
    3rd Day Drain liquid off into a dutch oven and add 1 cup sugar, bring to a boil. Pour over cucumbers and let stand 24 hours.
  • 4
    4th Day Same as third day.
  • 5
    5th Day Bring to boil all ingredients, then place in jars and seal. (You can put jars in a hot water bath for 15 minutes if you desire, but not necessary.) Better to do one batch at a time.

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