Bread and Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles
Sam Jones/Quinn Brein


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 process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.


Yield: 5 to 6 quarts.

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High altitude

How long should I boil the pickles at 8,500 ft.? In fact how much do I increase the time for this elevation? Lost the Ball book?

pickling at high elevation

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Hi, Karen. You should add 20 minutes to the water bath time.


So 6 quarts is how many cucs?

canning the pickles

This recipe sounds great as we are avoiding using lime. But how long do you process them? Do you put the jars in a canner and boil them? And for how long? We want to keep these through the year. Our garden is producing cukes so we have plenty! Thanks.

how long to process bread and butter pickles

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Hi, James. You can process these pickles in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

I canned pickles this weekend

I canned pickles this weekend and I only used the dishwasher to sanitize the jars and in some of them the pickles are not entirely covered. It is save to re-can the ones that are not cover or should I just put them in the fridge for immediate use?

The brine should always

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The brine should always entirely cover the vegetables to limit exposure to oxygen. Can you top them off with some newly made brine and re-process? Otherwise, put them in the fridge and eat them soon.

B & B pickles

I turn my jars over so the pickles on top can enjoy the pickle juices.

Is there any way to make

Is there any way to make sweet pickles without brining if I don't want to thinly slice them?

Put in fridge after covering

Put in fridge after covering with ice?

No, Louise, that is not

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No, Louise, that is not necessary.



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.

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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,

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

I put green and red pepper

I put green and red pepper chunks and yellow squash rounds (small neck part with no seeds) as well as onions to add flavor and color to my jars of bread and butter pickles. The peppers are yummy!

Can course Kosher salt be

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

Pickling salt has finer

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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.