Bread and Butter Pickles


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This bread and butter pickle recipe is excellent and very simply to make!


6 quarts thinly sliced, well-scrubbed, unpeeled cucumbers
1 quart thinly sliced small onions
1/2 cup pickling salt
3 cups pure cider vinegar
6 cups sugar
1/4 cup mustard seed
2 tablespoons whole cloves
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 teaspoon turmeric (optional)


Combine sliced cucumbers and onions in a large shallow pan. Sprinkle pickling salt over all and mix in with your hands. Cover with ice and let sit for 3 hours or more. Drain. Rinse in cold water. Drain again thoroughly.

Make a brine of vinegar, sugar, and spices and bring to a boil. Add drained vegetables and bring to a boil again for 3 to 4 minutes. Pack in hot sterilized jars and seal immediately.

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Yield: 5 to 6 quarts.

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I would like to know what types of vegetables to plant and about how long of a growing season.

Bread & Butter Pickles

Hi, This is my 1st time canning pickles. I decided to make bread and butter pickles. I didn't have a crock so I placed them in my clean fridge crisper drawer. I sliced them, mixed them with onions, sprinkled them with pickling salt and covered them with 3 inches of ice. My fridge is set at 34 degree always. (I like my milk and drinks good and cold!) My question is, after 3 days of sitting with ice on them will they be ok to finish the canning process? I had a family emergency and was unable to finish what I started until today.

Three days is a long time.

Three days is a long time. Your pickles may not be very crisp.

Thanks for the information,

Thanks for the information, can u use a mild pepper instead of onions ?

The flavor will be different,

The flavor will be different, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

Can course Kosher salt be

Can course Kosher salt be used instead of pickling salt? Why are they different?

Pickling salt has finer

Pickling salt has finer granules and is a pure salt without additives. Kosher salt is acceptable as it's also a pure salt but it's not as fine. They're both inexpensive so we prefer pickling salt. Just avoid table salt which has additives.

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