Bread and Butter Pickles

I went to the Farmer's Market on Saturday and cucumbers were everywhere. It is pickle season!!!! I bought two pails and made some dill pickles and bread and butter pickles. I remember my mom making bread and butter pickles when I was a kid. The distinct smell of warm vinegar and spices filled the air. I didn't much care for the smell when I was a kid but my sense of smell seems to have matured and now I love it. Here is the recipe I used from The Complete Book of Year Round Small-Batch Preserving by Ellie Topp and Margaret Howard. It is a nice book with all sorts of recipes for jams, chutneys, relishes and pickles that use, as the title suggests, small amounts of fruits and vegetables.

Best Bread and Butter Pickles

4lb small pickling cucmbers

4 small onions, thinly sliced

1 sweet green pepper, cut in thin strips

1 sweet red pepper, cut in thin strips

2 Tbsp pickling salt

4 cups cider vinegar

3 cups granulated sugar

2 Tbsp mustard seeds

1 tsp celery seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp ground cloves

Cut a thin slice from the ends of each cucumber and cut into medioum thick slices, about 3/16 inch. Place cucumbers, onions and peppers in a non-reactive container, sprinkle with salt and let stand for 3 hours; drain. Rinse twice and drain thoroughly.

Combine vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, turmeric and cloves in a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add vegetables and return to a boil for 30 seconds or just until cucumbers are no longer bright green.

Remove hot jars from canner. Remove vegetables from liquid with a slotted spoon; pack into jars. Pour liquid over vegetables to within 1/2 inch of rim. Process 10 minutes for pint jars and 15 minutes for quart jars.


Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I used to make strawberry jam and marmalade every year but never have made pickles. They're so yummy though!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh Yum!!! I haven't made pickles for a long time and I miss having that smell in my kitchen. mmmm...brings back good memories.

Bea said...

OOOoooooooh, my grandmother made these and when I would visit her I would curl up in the alcove, read my Nancy Drew books and eat an entire jar. sigh............now I want a Nacy Drew book and a jar of pickles. BIGGER SIGH......:)Bea

Tangled Noodle said...

What a beautiful picture! I'm only just starting to try my hand at canning; I've only done fruit jams and apple butter but pickling is next - I would really love to give some homemade gifts for the holidays.

Deborah said...

My grandmother used to make these too! They were so good.

lisa is cooking said...

I like the mix of peppers included with the cucumbers. Lucky you to have a few jars of these!

stringplay said...

My aunt made the BEST B&B pickles. I have no idea what recipe she used. She actually made, I'm pretty sure, EVERY pickle recipe she ran across. I know her B&Bs did not have onion or pepper strips. Yours look very nice.