"Every household in old Mobile had a few recipes which were handed down with admonitions not to give everybody the directions. If one wished to have a good idea of the exact ingredients and the true cooking method for some dish, one had to talk to three ladies of the same family on the same day, before they could decide how to edit the recipe before passing it on. Here's a delicious marmalade nobody could ever quite figure out. The lady who made it, unmarried, childless, on her deathbed wrote it out for her faithful grocery delivery boy who not only brought her groceries but mailed letters, picked up the newspapers, all that. This mystery marmalade is equally good on hot biscuits, muffins, and pones, even on top of frozen buttermilk as dessert. " - Jason Bailes.
2 cups finely-chopped cucumbers
4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup of lime juice (or lemon, but lime's better)
2 tablespoons grated lime peel (if necessary, lemon will serve)
1/2 bottle liquid fruit pectin
Whatever coloring you fancy: beet juice, blueberry juice, etc.
Paraffin for sealing
- In big saucepan combine cucumbers, sugar, juice and peel. Mix well, add coloring, boil one minute over high heat, stirring constantly.
- Remove from stove, stir in pectin.
- Skim off foam, stir and skim 5 minutes to cool a bit.
- Ladle quickly into jelly glasses and cover with 1/8 inch hot paraffin.
Makes about 5 (8-ounce) jelly glasses.
Source: Old Mobile Magazine. Recipe submitted by Dawn McPherson.