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Bread and Butter (Sweet) Pickles (photos)
Bread and Butter (Sweet) Pickles

When we retired, we downsized from our 4 acre place and moved into a smaller property, so we don’t grow a garden anymore. Since we have no garden, we keep track of what vegetables are coming into our local Farmer’s markets and produce stands so we can continue to do home canning and freezing of vegetables.

Come spring, our local farmer’s market begins selling the small 3 or 4 inch long cucumbers that work well for making pickles and as soon as we can get them we will make our annual 6-8 pint jar batch of bread and butter pickles.

I know of nothing better on a ham or pork tenderloin, turkey, roast beef or Cuban Sandwich than a nice crunchy crisp sweet bread and butter pickle

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and I know no better bread and butter pickles than the ones the wife makes (If you can understand at times, just staying out of her way is helping - then with my help of course).

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Here is how we did them last year and how we will do them this year. They certainly are tasty and here is how we make them.

To make 5 one pint jars of pickles you will need:

6 pounds cucumbers (between 50-60 cucumbers)
1 1/2 cups onions (thin sliced)
2 large cloves garlic (minced)
2 quarts ice
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons powdered turmeric
3 cups white vinegar
1/3 cup pickling salt
1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed
2 Tablespoons mustard seed

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Start off by thoroughly washing the cucumbers.

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From the photos, you will see we had nice small ones. When they are clean, dry them so they will be easier to slice.

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We slice our cucumbers to yield 1/8 inch thick slices on our mandolin.

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Watch your fingers when using a mandolin.

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Place them into a suitably sized bowl.

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Next, Prep the onions (thin sliced) and garlic (minced) and add them to the bowl.

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Then add 1/3 cup of pickling salt. It has no iodine and probably no flow enhancing chemicals.

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Mix the cucumbers, salt, onions and garlic thoroughly and set aside for 4 hours. The intent here is to pull water out of the cucumbers and then replace it with pickling juice and spices so they need to sit for 4 hours to pull out some of the moisture.

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Ice is added to keep the cucumbers cool during the 4 hour salt exposure.

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At the end of the 4 hour salt treatment, drain the liquid off of the cucumber mixture

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and set up the pickling spices while the cucumbers drain. The pickling spice mixture includes vinegar, sugar, turmeric, celery seed, mustard and a cinnamon stick.

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Mix these in a pan of suitable size to hold the liquid and the cucumbers and then heat the mixture to a boil.

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Once it is boiling, add the cucumbers, bring it back to a boil and cook (boil) for 5 minutes.

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As the cucumbers are doing their thing on the stove, the jars are prepped - washed thoroughly to make certain they are squeaky clean and then air dried. We clean our jars in the dish washer on a hot cycle with heated drying. Works fine to do this.

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The jars will be sealed with canning lids, with the old fashioned ring and rubber gasketed flat design. A sanitary seal for the pickle jar is critical if the pickles are to stay food safe for the year it will take us to eat all of them. To accomplish this, the dome lids are boiled 5-10 minutes to soften the gaskets which will seal to the jar when the rings are tightened.

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Once the jars are clean, domes are ready and the cucumbers have cooked for 5 minutes after coming to a boil. Into the jars they go. Just spoon them in or use tongs. Try not to handle the pickles with your fingers (food safety).

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Then the cucumbers are covered with pickling juice, which still includes all of the pickling spice seeds. It is ok to fill the jars to within a half inch of the top, but no more full than that, to assure proper sealing. The cinnamon stick is discarded.

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Any spice debris or liquid is carefully removed from the jar sealing surface to assure proper sealing.

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After everything is in the jar, the hot domes and rings are placed and tightened firmly (hand tight).

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The jars are then placed in a hot water bath with water filled to the shoulder of the jar. The hot water bath is brought to a boil and the capped jars held there for 5 minutes

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then removed from heat and allowed to cool slowly to comfortable handling temperature. The lid domes will "POP" when they seal. Any that don't pop should be refrigerated and consumed within a week or two.

The wife (MHNBPF) wanted me to write that all of her jar lids "Popped". To me (an old Microbiologist) that means she is a skilled canner. When cooled enough to handle, the jars are removed and allowed to finish cooling on a towel on the countertop.

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The pickling finishes and the cucumber slices become nice crunchy bread and butter pickles after 24-48 hours in the sealed jar.

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This is not to say they won’t only get better over the next few months.

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Now you can make your own Bread and Butter Sweet Pickles and become a famous canner of cucumbers, too.

Thanks for reading my post and for looking at the photos.


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Always enjoy your threads.


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re: Bread and Butter (Sweet) Pickles (photos)
Excellent. Thanks


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re: Bread and Butter (Sweet) Pickles (photos)
MD you are so clutch I apparently made a meme by asking for Robs pickle recipe, but I do really wanna make some pickles at home. I will definitely do this recipe! Thanks for posting


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MeridianDog
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re: Bread and Butter (Sweet) Pickles (photos)
The best friend I ever had died two years back (big C). His wife had a killer dill pickle recipe. I am unsure if the wife has it, but I will ask. I have no photos, but if I can get the recipe, I'll let you guys know.


MeridianDog
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re: Bread and Butter (Sweet) Pickles (photos)
Here is the dill pickle recipe I mentioned. Our friend called these Polish Dills. She used smallish canning pickles - smaller then the ones I showed in the bread and butter pickle recipe, although the whole pickles I showed above will work, and slicing them into slices will work, too. The best pickles will be the size of your thumb and 2-3 inches long. If you grow your own cucumbers, pick them early - when they are still small.

This recipe is painfully simple, but that only makes these pickles "even more better".

Polish Dill Pickles

The pickling ingredients are mixed in the individual jars. If you only want one jar, the recipe as written will make one jar. The liquid portion of the recipe makes enough liquid for 9 quarts, so for one jar, divide by 9.

A full 9 quart recipe uses approximately 9 quarts of small pickling cucumbers

Wash/Prep the jars (squeaky clean) and dry.

Into each jar add:

1/4 teaspoon alum
1 small red pepper - as hot (a variety) as you like
1 clove garlic
1 small onion, sliced
2 Teaspoons dill seeds or 1 head of fresh dill
Enough small cucumbers to fill the jar

Combine:

1 quart white vinegar
3 quarts water
1 cup salt (pickling or kosher salt - not iodized)

Bring the liquid ingredients to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Pour over whole or sliced cucumbers in jars. Cover the cucumbers with hot liquid to within 1/2 inch of the top of the jar.

Boil lids and seal the jars with rings. Treat jar in a boiling water hot bath for 5 minutes and then cool. The lids should pop when they seal.

Allow to sit for a week before eating. Keep opened or unsealed jars in the refrigerator. The pickling will improve over a month or two.





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re: Bread and Butter (Sweet) Pickles (photos)
Nice write up MD. My family is from Choctaw county Alabama, Butler specifically and my aunt makes them this way. I followed her recipe when I made them last year. Excellent pickles.


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MD! Love your post! Thanks for the pickles.


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As always, you're the best.

#notchefrob


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MeridianDog
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re: Bread and Butter (Sweet) Pickles (photos)
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Butler, AL


Throw a rock southeast of your house and you will likely hit one of my somewhat distant relatives. There are lots of them in that part of Alabama, including Butler. Dad and his family left Grove Hill in 1934, for Hollandale, MS.

Probably before your time, cousin. Ask your 90-100 year old relatives if they remember a kid they called "Baker" He baked the family cat in the wood stove oven when he was 3 years old - Long story. They will remember him if they knew him. His dad's name was Henry and they he cut timber until the depression killed the timber market.

They share cropped east of Hollandale when they got there. He left Hallandale for WWII.

We were in Grove Hill for a reunion a few years back, the cemetery at Grove Hill Baptist Church is full of my relatives.

Always good to chat with a likely relative.
This post was edited on 1/10 at 8:06 pm


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A very thoughtful and informed post sir.


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TU Rob
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I’m actually in Bham now. Never actually lived in Butler myself, but feel like I did with as much time as I’ve spent there. Unfortunately I don’t have any 90+ year old relatives. But the last of my grandparents to go I named my son after. If you know of any Fendley’s in the area that’s my moms side. I’ve got them scattered from Fulton to Butler to Needham and Toxey.


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Fendley


Dang- not related - good for you because now you don't have to claim me.

We lived in Marion for 11 years. Birmingham was were our Movie Theatre was located. Drive up from Marion was not so bad. The late night drive home was awful.


Birmingham is home to one of my favorite restaurants - Highland Grill. They also have a great Krispy Kreme there too. Just down the street from a really good Krystal. Obviously the town has a lot going for it.




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re: Bread and Butter (Sweet) Pickles (photos)
I'm going to do some jalapeno's with this recipe.


Jimmy2shoes
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Love them pickles


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re: Bread and Butter (Sweet) Pickles (photos)
quote:

I'm going to do some jalapeno's with this recipe.


Let us know how they come out. I want to do thin sliced red onion slices also.


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TU Rob
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Marion


Know any Barton’s


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TU Rob
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It also works pretty well for Okra.


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