Every summer, there are certain pickling recipes I absolutely must make, one of them being Bread and Butter Pickles. They make a great side for a sandwich, or I share them with friends and family at Christmas time.
This recipe comes from Summer in a Jar: Making Pickles, Jams and More by Andrea Chesman. The amounts called for are for one pint jar. When making them for gifts, I use the half pint jars, and process them for 5 minutes like the pint jars.
- 2½ cups thinly sliced cucumbers
- ½ cup thinly sliced onion
- 1½ tsp pickling salt
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 3 T sugar
- ¼ tsp tumeric
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- ½ tsp mixed pickling spices
- dash of hot pepper sauce
- In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, onion, and salt. Mix well. If you are multiplying this recipe, do not use more than 3 T of salt and be sure to rinse the cucumbers before packing jars.
- Cover the cucumbers with cold water and let stand for 3 hours. Drain. If the cucumbers taste salty to you, rinse and drain again.
- In a non-aluminum saucepan, combine ½ cup vinegar, 3 T sugar, and ¼ tsp turmeric for each jar. Heat to boiling. While the brine heats, pack the jars.
- Into each hot sterilized pint jar, place 1 tsp mustard seed, ½ tsp pickling spices, and a dash of hot sauce. Pack with the cucumbers and onions, leaving ½ inch head space. Seal.
- Process in a boiling water bath or steam canner for 5 minutes. Adjust seals if necessary. Cool undisturbed for 12 hours. Store in a cool, dry place.
I also skip the mustard seed.
I never use table salt, but I have used kosher salt. This time I used pickling salt which I found on clearance at Walmart.
I never use hot sauce.
The recipe doesn't specify it, but pickles usually need to sit for at least six weeks before eating. I put a date on the lid or the label as a reminder.
I prefer using the wide mouth pint jars which are easier to pack with cucumber slices. I really shove the slices into the jar. If the liquid doesn't fill the jar to the ½ inch head space, I do top off with hot water. Generally, I don't need much extra water to get the right head space.
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