Crystal cukes

Yield: 16 servings

Measure Ingredient
4 pounds Cucumbers, Sliced
1 cup Salt
1 gallon Ater
1 teaspoon Alum
1 tablespoon Powdered Ginger
2 cups Water
6 cups Sugar
1 quart Vinegar
1 tablespoon Cinnamon Sticks, Broken
1 tablespoon Whole Celery Seed
1 tablespoon Whole All Spice
1 tablespoon Whole Cloves

Place the washed and sliced cucumbers in a brine made of the salt and gallon of water. Let stand in the brine for 8 days. Drain. Boil cucumbers in enough water to cover the cucumbers and the alum. Drain again. Mix the 2 cups of water, sugar and vinegar. Place broken cinnamon sticks, all spice, cloves and celery seed in a cloth sack.

Place sack in vinegar mixture. Bring to a boil with occasional stirring. Drop in cucumbers and boil until clea, transparent and tender. Pack into hot quart jars. Fill jars to top with syrup and seal.

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