Bread and Butter Pickles
Bread and Butter Pickles, sweet and tangy and crunchy, my favorite pickle canning recipe to capture summer in a jar. These are the best!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill time 4 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 pints
- 4 pounds pickling cucumbers, known as Kirby's, washed and scrubbed, ends trimmed, sliced ¼-inch thick
- 4 large white onions, sliced
- ⅓ cup kosher salt, I use Diamond Crystal
- 5 pieces of garlic, either whole cloves or cut in half
- 4 cups sugar
- 3 cups apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
- 1 ½ teaspoons celery seeds
- 1 ½ teaspoons turmeric
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Wash and sterilize 6 pint size jars, lids and screw caps, either in boiling water, hot soapy water or the dishwasher. Do not re-use lids and screw caps.
In a large nonreactive stockpot, combine sliced cucumbers, onions, salt and garlic. Cover with a flour sack towel and then cover with 2 - 3 inches of crushed ice. Put a lid on and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, up to 12 hours.
Prepare a boiling- water canner or large pot of water, bring to a boil.
Remove towel and ice and transfer cucumber mixture to a colander and rinse well. Discard garlic pieces.
In the same pot, combine sugar, apple cider vinegar, mustard seeds, turmeric and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in cucumber mixture from the colander and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat.
Pack mixture of cucumbers and onions into sterilized jars with the liquid brine to about ½ inch from the rim. Wipe jar rims, add lids and screw caps.
Process jars in boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Remove jars to clean towel and let rest for 24 hours. You'll hear lovely popping sounds as the jars seal. If after 24 hours you have any jars that didn't seal, put in fridge and use in a couple of weeks.
This is the hard part, let the pickles rest for 4 - 5 weeks before opening. Enjoy.
- Adapted from BHG Canning Summer 2015
- A hot water bath is recommended for proper sealing and canning safety. Please refer to USDA Home Canning Guidelines for direction.