"As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and to make plans."--Ernest Hemingway

12 - Day Pickles Recipe

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2 gallons of cucumbers
1 oz. alum
salt water
8 c. sugar
2 1/2 pints vinegar
4 sticks cinnamon
2 tsp. celery seed

DAYS 1-7:
Split 2 gallons of cucumbers. Soak 7 days in salt water (1 pint salt to 1 gallon water).
DAY 8:
Pour off salt water and cover with boiling water.
DAY 9:
Pour off water and cover with fresh boiling water containing 1 oz. Alum.
DAY 10:
Pour off this water and rinse pickles. Mix sugar, vinegar, cinnamon sticks and celery seed. Bring mixture to a boil and pour over cucumbers.
DAY 11:
Drain mixture off of cucumbers and reheat. Pour back on cucumbers.
DAY 12:
Pack cucumbers in jar and reheat mixture to boiling and pour into jars over cucumbers and seal.




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