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bread and butter pickle recipe

For some reason, I thought that making bread and butter pickles would be hard.  So not hard at all.  A little time consuming?  Sure, but not hard at all.  Most of the time is waiting, not chopping or doing anything strenuous.  You all know that I am lazy.  I have nothing against a good Vlasic, but once you start eating homemade pickles, it is going to be hard to reach into the ol’ Vlasic jar.  Crispy, crunchy, sweet, and tart all at the same time.  Not to mention easy.  And how Martha is it to say, “Would you like a homemade pickle to go with your sandwich?”

I did not can these little babies.  I am afraid of the whole canning process.  I am petrified that I am going to give someone botulism or something.  If any of my lovely readers knows of a good book or class please share.  Better yet, do you have a crafty grandmother that I can borrow to teach me how to can? I would send you a lovely cookie care package if you let me borrow her!  I really feel that the whole not being able to preserve stuff is holding me back on my quest to be a domestic goddess. And the fact that I cannot sew.

I made the refrigerator pickles and they will last up to 3 weeks in your fridge, but I guarantee that they will not be around that long.  This recipe is based of Deb’s Bread and Butter Pickles at smittenkitchen.com.  The only difference is the quantities.  I had a lot of cukes to use.

Are you ready to be amazed at how easy these are to make?

bread and butter pickle recipes3 pounds Kirby or pickling cucumbers
3 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
3/4 cup Diamond Kosher salt (the brand does matter here, other Kosher salts will be way too salty)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
3 Tablespoons mustard seeds (I used both yellow and brown)
3 Tablespoons coriander seeds
3/4 teaspoon celery seed

bread and butter pickle recipesAn up close shot of the gorgeous spices.  Starting at 12 o’clock, yellow mustard seeds, brown mustard seeds, yellow mustard seeds, turmeric, coriander seeds, and celery seeds.  I had a lot of leftover mustard seed from when I made my own mustard, hence the variety.

bread and butter pickle recipesIn a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, onion, and salt. Mix well.

bread and butter pickle recipesCover with ice and let sit at room temperature for two hours.

bread and butter pickle recipesIn a large pot, bring the sugar, vinegar and spices to a boil.

bread and butter pickle recipesDrain the cucumber mixture and add to the vinegar mixture and bring almost to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool.

bread and butter pickle recipesStore in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.  They will start to get that glorious pickled flavor after a few hours.  See?  I told you it was easy.

Bread and Butter Pickles

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Kirby or pickling cucumbers
  • 3 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup Diamond Kosher salt (the brand does matter here, other Kosher salts will be way too salty)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 Tablespoons mustard seeds (I used both yellow and brown)
  • 3 Tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery seed

Instructions

  1. An up close shot of the gorgeous spices. Starting at 12 o’clock, yellow mustard seeds, brown mustard seeds, yellow mustard seeds, turmeric, coriander seeds, and celery seeds. I had a lot of leftover mustard seed from when I made my own mustard, hence the variety.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, onion, and salt. Mix well.
  3. Cover with ice and let sit at room temperature for two hours.
  4. In a large pot, bring the sugar, vinegar and spices to a boil.
  5. Drain the cucumber mixture and add to the vinegar mixture and bring almost to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks in the fridge. They will start to get that glorious pickled flavor after a few hours. See? I told you it was easy.
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24 Responses to Bread and Butter Pickles

  1. Bread and butter pickles always make me think of my grandma. :)

    I’ve only canned once, but I grew up with a mom who did (and does). The first cardinal rule of canning is to ONLY use recipes that come from a reliable, tested source. You need to find your state extension (usually connected to a state university): they have recipes and can give you appropriate processing times according to your altitude. If you can get in contact with your extension office, you probably won’t even need a grandmother.

    Oh, and I personally think that jam and jelly are the place to start. It’s hard to make people sick with them, and they’re easy, fun, and rewarding.

  2. Deann says:

    These look delicious!

    Canning is really pretty easy, once you understand the basics! Never steam can, always water bath or pressure can. I don’t dare try pressure yet… heard too many scary stories but water bath is very simple! Someone mentioned looking into your state extension, awesome info with them. The best resource is the Ball Blue Book/Ball Complete Book (be sure to get the latest version!). It’s cheap alone and often comes packaged in a beginners canning kit. You can waterbath can anything acidic (pickles.. the vinegar, tomatoes, salsa, fruits). Or this website – http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/ Excellent info and recipes!

  3. Christie says:

    The Sacramento County Extension office has monthly canning classes:
    http://cesacramento.ucdavis.edu/files/74687.pdf

    The best part of this class is that they bring a bunch of canned goodness to sample.
    It really is easy!

  4. mamarolf says:

    I’m not a big B&B pickle fan, but Kev is just WILD about them… guess I know what I’ll be doing the next time I come across some cukes! :)

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  6. sonja wright says:

    My Mom made some of these and Jon is obsessed with them. He will be happy to hear you have a recipe. Thanks

  7. UrMomCooks says:

    These pickles are awesome!!! I have been making them for several summers, and I now ask my CSA for extra pickling cukes, (a request they say they NEVER get!). My family is addicted to them! Next time try poking a bunch of holes in several jalapenos with a fork and dropping the whole pepper into the mix… Gives a nice faint little kick to the batch! (Jalapenos are another veggie that is superb prolific in Texas…what can I say…) Great post and beautiful pics!

    • bakedbree says:

      I am so surprised that they don’t get requests for more pickling cukes. The jalapenos sound so good in that. I think that I am going to have to get over my canning fears and take the plunge.

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  9. aaggghhh!!! my FAVORITE pickes high fructose corn syrup free!!!
    i’m making these TOMORROW!!
    i was just thinking as i bought a jar this week, i really need a recipe so i don’t have to eat this stuff i can’t pronounce.
    and here you go… all answering my secret silly prayers!
    thanks so much for this!!!

  10. dina says:

    Tell you what – you come on over, and we’ll have a canning crash course.

    Seriously – canning is AMAZING and fun and makes you feel like you can do ANYTHING!

    My husband makes to-die-for bread and butter pickles that we can – we have people BEGGING us to add them to the list of recipients to get a jar of each year. Will definitely try these for a quick fix, tho! Thanks!

    • bakedbree says:

      Thanks for the offer! I do feel like I am missing out because of my lack of canning ability.

      • dina says:

        True story… My Mom made freezer jam and the like when I was growing up, that was pretty much my exposure to preserving. When I married my husband little did I know what a wealth of knowledge I would be gaining! His Mom was considerably older when he was born (he’s 15 years younger than his brother) and he grew up watching her preserve pretty much EVERYTHING. Everything I know about canning is due to his love, patience, and generosity! I honestly am in my happy place when I’m “putting by” for the coming year. There’s so much art involved in it – I love it! :)

        And totally serious – if you’re ever in Portland – let me know, I can pretty much year round!

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  12. Susan Balch says:

    Just finished making this recipe. It was super easy. The hardest part was cutting up all the cucumbers. I managed to lay my hands on some wonderful, small, unwaxed cucumbers and really felt the need to make pickles. Cross your fingers….I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  13. Melody says:

    So excited to try these! I think I will make them for my family for Thanksgiving! Can I do it without the onions? Will it lose some of the taste? My husband, my siblings, my parents and me loathe them with a passion. So I’m hoping the answer is yes :)

    • bakedbree says:

      I don’t see why not? There are lots of pickle recipes out there without onions. I would add more cucumbers to make up for the volume.

  14. Melody says:

    I made these and they were incredible! I also made hot chocolate cookies and got SO many compliments on them. You are pretty much my hero. Seriously.

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