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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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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