Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe
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Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe

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"My mom always made these crisp pickles when we were kids, and she gave me the recipe," says field editor Karen Owen of Rising Sun, Indiana. "They're pleasantly tart and so good."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Process: 15 min.
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Process: 15 min.
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 4 pounds cucumbers, sliced
  • 8 small onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup canning salt
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 159 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 2025mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large container, combine the cucumbers, onions and salt. Cover with crushed ice and mix well. Let stand for 3 hours. Drain; rinse and drain again.
  2. In a Dutch oven, combine the sugar, vinegar and seasonings; bring to a boil. Add cucumber mixture; return to a boil. Remove from the heat.
  3. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot pint jars, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: 7 pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. For altitudes up to 3,000 feet, add 5 minutes; 6,000 feet, add 10 minutes; 8,000 feet, add 15 minutes; 10,000 feet, add 20 minutes.
Originally published as Bread and Butter Pickles in Taste of Home August/September 2002, p8

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Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"A Keeper!!"

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

"Smell wonderful, taste good now, will get better. I used less sugar, equal amount of vinegar and sugar."

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"we loved the recipe and will make again. The only thing was way to much juice."

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"As if these don't already go too quickly...use them with ring bologna run them through a grinder together..mix with mayo and you will have the worlds best sandwich spread! Way better than deli type!"

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"These are my husbands favorites. Just enough sweet to go with the sour!"

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