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Bread And Butter Pickles

Russ Myers


The ingredients for the best ever Bread and Butter Pickles.
Remember: Measurements count when canning, no fudging allowed
I don't know where I got this recipe, but we have been using it for decades.

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8 Pints


4 qt
fresh, sliced, unpared medium cucumbers
6 medium
white onions, sliced (6 cups)
2 medium
green peppers, seeded and thinly sliced (1 2/3 cups)
3 clove
1/3 c
granulated pickling salt
5 c
3 c
cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp
turmeric, ground
1 1/2 tsp
celery seed
2 Tbsp
mustard seed


Scrub the cucumbers with a brillo pad or kitchen scrub brush, fresh from the garden they have nubs and lots of dirt.
Slice an inch or so off each end of the cucumber and use an electric food slicer for consistent size pickles
Thinly slice the onions into rings, using a food slicer or a mandolin and separate into rings
Quarter the green peppers and use the mandolin for consistent, very thin slices.
Easily peel the garlic by placing on a flat surface and pressing firmly with the side of a knife blade or flat bottomed cup.
If you are purchasing your cucumbers make sure to visit the farmer's market early in the morning and pick out firm, uniform sized cucs.
2Making the pickles. The process is what makes or breaks them
3Combine cucumbers, onion, green pepper, and whole garlic cloves. Add salt; cover with cracked ice; mix the ingredients thoroughly ( this is when I may have 4 or 5 buckets sitting around the kitchen or in the hallway)
Let stand for 3 hours; drain well.

Begin process of sterilizing canning jars.

Remove garlic from cucumber mixture.

Place mixture in a large pot.
4Combine remaining ingredients; pour over cucumber mixture.

Bring the mixture just to boiling, remove from heat and start filling the jars.
5Fill hot sterilized jars to 1/2 inch from the top; wipe around the rim with a paper towel or clean cloth, adjust lids.
Process in boiling water bath for 5 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom