1 gallon cucumbers, sliced (not peeled)
2 cups salt
2 tbsp. powdered alum or 1 ½ Tbsp. crystal alum
1 Tbsp. celery seed
2 Tbsp. ginger
1 Tbsp. whole cloves
1 Tbsp. whole allspice
1 pt. vinegar
3 lb. sugar
1 oz. stick cinnamon
1 gallon water

Let cucumbers stand in brine mixture (2 cups salt and 1 gallon water) for 6 days. Drain, rinse, cover with clear water; add alum, boil 10 minutes. Drain, cover with clear water and boil with ginger. Drain; simmer 10-15 minutes in the following mixture until transparent; celery seed, clove, allspice, cinnamon, vinegar and sugar. (Put all spices in a cheesecloth bag.) Pack loose in jars. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory. ~ Sir Francis Drake

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