Favorite Bread & Butter Pickles

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + standing Process: 10 min./batch


11 pints

Updated: Oct. 16, 2022
I made these pickles while growing up and love them because you can eat them with just about anything. Now, both of my children love these pickles, too. I think you'll enjoy them as much as we do! —Linda Weger, Robinson, Illinois
Favorite Bread & Butter Pickles Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 20 cups sliced cucumbers (about 12 medium)
  • 3 cups sliced onions (about 4 medium)
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper, sliced
  • 3 quarts ice water
  • 1/2 cup canning salt
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 6 cups white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 3 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Place cucumbers, onions and peppers in a large bowl. In another large bowl, mix ice water and salt; pour over vegetables. Let stand 3 hours.
  2. Rinse vegetables and drain well. Pack vegetables into eleven hot 1-pint jars to within 1/2 in. of the top.
  3. In a Dutch oven, bring sugar, vinegar, mustard seed, celery seed, turmeric and cloves to a boil. Carefully ladle hot liquid over vegetable mixture, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot liquid. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  4. Place jars into canner, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 60 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 645mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.