Candied Cucumber Rings

(also called Christmas Pickles)

2 gal. peeled and seeded cucumber slices
2 cup lime
8 1/2 qt. water
3 cup vinegar
1 bottle red food coloring (or green)
1 Tbsp alum
10 cup sugar
2 cup water
8 sticks cinnamon
1 pkg. cinnamon candy

Combine cucumbers, lime and 8 1/2 qt. water in container. Let stand 24
hours. Drain. Rinse in clear cold water and drain. Cover with cold water
and let stand 3 hours. Drain. Place cucumbers in kettle and add 1 cup
vinegar, food coloring, and alum. Add enough water to cover cucumbers and
bring to boil. Simmer 2 hours and drain. In kettle, combine 2 cups
vinegar, 2 cups water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and candy. Bring to boil
until candy and sugar dissolves. Pour over cucumbers and let stand 24
hours. Repeat boiling process 1 more day. Then heat syrup and cucumbers.
Pack in jars and seal.

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