Cucumber Apple Rings
- Yields: 6 Quarts
1Wash, peel, and remove seeds and soft center from cucumbers. Slice into rings about 1/4-inch thick.
2Soak slices 12-24 hours or overnight in lime water made by stirring 1 cup Mrs. Wages Pickling Lime into 2 gallons of water. Do not use an aluminum container.
3Discard lime water and rinse slices in cold, fresh water to remove any lime residue. Soak 3 hours in fresh ice water. Drain.
4Mix 1 cup vinegar, alum, food coloring in non-reactive pot. Add cucumber slices and enough water to cover the slices and cover. Simmer for 2 hours. Drain and discard liquid.
5Make syrup of 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups water, sugar, and cinnamon. Bring syrup to a boil and pour over cucumber slices. Let stand for 24 hours.
6Remove cinnamon and bring to boil. Pack into hot quart jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust lids.
7Process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Mrs. Wages Safety notes:
For canning safety, always consider your local altitude when calculating accurate processing times. Read this USDA guide for proper food safety and canning processing guidelines or consult the National Center for Home Food Preservation’s Guide 1 Principles of Home Canning. Also, prepare and process home canning jars and lids according to manufacturer’s instructions for sterilized jars. Keep jars hot.
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