LaDesta McCann


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


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12 pints
24 Hr
24 Hr


  • 2 c
    lime (pickling lime)
  • 8 1/2 qt
  • DAY 2

  • 1 c
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 bottle
    small red food coloring
  • 3 1/2 c
  • 3 1/2 c
  • 10 c
  • 3 pkg
    6oz bags of red cinnamon candies
  • 8 stick
  • DAY 3

  • 1 c
  • ·
    all liquid from day 2
  • DAY 4

  • 1 c
  • ·
    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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Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Hashtags: #cucumbers #red #hots

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