Another great garden goodie is Cinnamon Pickles. This is another recipe that I loved as a child. A couple years ago I canned them and Paige fell in love with them. Thus I grew cucumbers just to make this recipe because I’m not much of a cucumber fan.
Cinnamon Pickles (AKA Red Hots Pickles) -from grouprecipes.com
2 gallons prepared cucumbers, peeled, ends removed, cored and cut into rings or sticks
8 1/2 quarts water
2 c. pickling lime
1 T. alum
2 c. vinegar
2 c. water
1 1/2 oz. red food coloring
10 c. sugar
6 cinnamon sticks
8-10 oz. red cinnamon candies
Prepare the cucumbers: peel, remove ends, core, and cut into rings or sticks.
Combine water and lime.
Soak prepared cucumbers in lime-water for 24 hours.
Drain and wash 3 times and let sit for 3 hours.
Combine alum, vinegar, 2 c water, food coloring, sugar, cinnamon and red hots to make a syrup.
Add drained cucumbers and simmer, covered for 2 hours.
Let stand overnight.
Drain off syrup, reheat and pour over pickles daily for 3 days.
Pack in hot jars and seal.