The pantry is starting to burst at the seams!
Yes, painting the pantry......sigh, what a job!!!
Cinnamon Rings have become a tradition here at My Little Corner and so I thought I would share this tradition with you.
8 quarts of peeled and seeded large cucumbers. Cut large peeled cucumber in half and with small spoon, dig out seeds. Slice cucumber into rings.
1. Mix 8 quarts of cold water and 2 cups pickling lime in a lead free crock or stainless steel pot
Soak for 24 hours in refrigerator. I make a huge batch so I keep my pot in the pantry on the
cold floor and add ice.
2. Drain rings, rinse in 4 changes of cold water, then soak in ice water for 3 hours.
3. Drain and combine rings - 1 cup cider vinegar (5%), 1/2 bottle of red food coloring and
enough water to cover rings. Bring to a boil then reduce and simmer for 2 hours. This will
set in the red dye.
4. Drain water and make syrup:
3 1/2 cups water
8 sticks of cinnamon
3 1/2 cups cider vinegar
10 cups of sugar
8 oz of red hot candies - I also add cinnamon oil to taste (use caution!!!)
5. Bring syrup to boil and pour over rings. Let stand. Each day for the next 3 days, drain off
syrup, boil and pour back onto the rings.
6. On the 4th day, prepare pint jars and lids, remove cinnamon sticks and bring syrup to boil.
Pack rings into jars and pour hot syrup over jars.
7. Process 20 minutes in boiling water bath. Boiling times will vary depending on where you
live. I am at high altitude, over 6000 feet, so I add an extra 10 minutes to my boiling time.
It is quite a process but such a treat for holidays or with any meal.