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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bread and Butter Pickles

I made a batch of these on Saturday from cucumbers from Larry and Edie's garden. No I didn't steal these, they gave them to me! This truly is the best recipe I have found for homemade bread and butter pickles. It is right from the pages of Ball Blue Book of Preserving.Very important to allow 4 to 6 weeks for fresh pack pickled goods to cure and develop a satisfactory flavor.

Did I mention you can use zucchini instead of cucumbers and you will have beautiful Zucchini Bread and Butter Pickles. Make sure your zucchini are small.

Yield about 7 pints
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4 pounds 4-6-inch cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 pounds onions, thinly sliced (about 8 small)
1/3 cup canning salt
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons mustard seed
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons celery seed
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon peppercorns
3 cups vinegar

Combine cucumber and onion slices in a large bow,layering with salt; cover with ice cubes. Let stand 1 1/2 hours. Drain; rinse, drain again. Combine remaining ingredients in a large saucepot; bring to a boil. Add drained cucumbers and onions and return to a boil. Pack hot pickles and liquid into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust two-piece caps. Process 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.


  1. I have made these every year since we were married, thats over 35 years now, we could not be without them, I never once thought of using zucchini, what a great idea,

  2. OMGosh...When we lived in VT., every Sunday on our way home from church we stopped by this roadside stand and bought a jar of these B&B pickles. They were totally consumed by the end of the day. They are so delish ... another reason why I miss Vermont and these Bread & Butter Pickles. Hmmmm, maybe I will try to make these. The recipe looks wonderful. Thanks so much Beverly...

  3. When the Pres harvested cucs down in VA, we made dills but Buddy used to make "bread 7 Butter" and give some to us...I love them as much as dills!...:)JP


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