Aunt Reba’s Red Cucumber Pickle Recipe

This recipe is much easier, than it sounds.  Most pickling ingredients, including jars, can be found in grocery stores.

Large cucumbers, peeled, sliced into rings and cored.  They may also be sliced into spears if you prefer.

Soak 24 hours in the following mixture:

2 cups lime or Ball Picle Crisp Granules in maker’s proportion to lime
8 1/2 quarts water

This recipe will do about 2 gallons of sliced cukes.

Drain and wash well, being careful not to break the pieces.

Simmer two hours in the following mixture:

1 cup vinegar (apple cider works)
2 oz. red food coloring
1 tbsp. alum
enough water to cover the cukes

Drain well and throw away the liquid.  Rinse the cukes.

While the cukes are simmering, make the following syrup:

2 cups vinegar
2 cups water
10 cups sugar
6 broken cinnamon sticks (cinnamon bark)
1 pkg red hot cinnamon candy

Cook until the sugar and candy are melted and mixture is boiling.  Pour over the drained cukes.  Let set overnight.

Drain – reserving syrup.  Reheat the liquid, pack cukes into jars and fill with hot liquid.

Seal and process 10 minutes in hot water bath.

About John

John Bolinger was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, where he attended Ball State University and Purdue University, receiving his BA and MA from those schools. Then he taught English and French for thirty-five years at Morton High School in Hammond, Indiana before moving to Colorado. He spends his winters in Pompano Beach, Florida. Besides COME SEPTEMBER, Journey of a High School Teacher, John's other books are ALL MY LAZY RIVERS, an Indiana Childhood, and COME ON, FLUFFY, THIS AIN'T NO BALLET, a Novel on Coming of Age, all available on Amazon.com as paperbacks and Kindle books. Alternately funny and touching, COME SEPTEMBER, conveys the story of every high school teacher’s struggle to enlighten both himself and his pupils, encountering along the way, battles with colleagues, administrators, and parents through a parade of characters that include a freshman boy for whom the faculty code name is “Spawn of Satan,” to a senior girl whose water breaks during a pop-quiz over THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Through social change and the relentless march of technology, the human element remains constant in the book’s personal, entertaining, and sympathetic portraits of faculty, students, parents, and others. The audience for this book will certainly include school teachers everywhere, teenagers, parents of teens, as well as anyone who appreciates that blend of humor and pathos with which the world of public education is drenched. The drive of the story is the narrator's struggle to become the best teacher he can be. The book is filled with advice for young teachers based upon experience of the writer, advice that will never be found in college methods classes. Another of John's recent books is Mum's the Word: Secrets of a Family. It is the story of his alcoholic father and the family's efforts to deal with or hide the fact. Though a serious treatment of the horrors of alcoholism, the book also entertains in its descriptions of the father during his best times and the humor of the family's attempts to create a façade for the outside world. All John's books are available as paperbacks and Kindle readers on Amazon, and also as paperbacks at Barnes & Noble. John's sixth and most recent book, Growing Old in America: Notes from a Codger was released on June 15, 2014.
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