Bread and Butter Pickles

Old family recipe for bread and butter pickles, my great grandmother passed this down and I still make them today. 


This is one of my great grandmothers recipes and I know that someone in our family has been making this recipe since at least the 1930’s. Now here is the interesting part, no one has ever changed it, not even me and I usually change everything.

Some tips when making these pickles

Do not pare the cucumbers, leave the skins on

Do not use a salt with Iodine in it

Make sure the cucumber slices stay very cold during the resting period

Use a knife after filling the jars to remove air bubbles

Wipe clean the tops of the jars before putting on the lids

Process as directed

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Bread and Butter Pickles
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Serves: 4 quarts
Old family recipe for bread and butter pickles
  • 4 quarts sliced cucumbers
  • 6 white medium onions peeled and cut in thin slices
  • 1/3 C. coarse salt
  • Syrup:
  • 3 C. sugar
  • 1 1/2 t. turmeric
  • 1 1/2 t. celery seed
  • 2 T. mustard seed
  • 3 C. white vinegar
  1. Do not pare cucumbers, just wash them and cut them in thin slices. I use a crock for these, while preparing. Mix cucumbers, onion and add salt. Cover with ice. Let set overnight. You may have to add more ice. You want them to stay very cold. When ready to prepare, rinse them very well.
  2. Combine syrup ingredients and bring to a boil. When sugar is dissolved, add cucumbers. Heat to boiling. Pack into hot, sterilized jars. Remove air bubbles. Process for 10 minutes in a hot water bath.

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  1. says

    @Gina, no the onions go in the jars also. You just want to wash the salt solution off of everything before adding it to the syrup solution. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  2. Gina says

    Thanks! These are so good; I was eating them out of the pot LOL. is there a time frame that they need to shelve before opening and enjoying?

    • says

      Not really, like you said they were good out of the pot. I would store them a few weeks before opening them. What about putting some in the fridge right away and not canning some?

    • Mary Ellen says

      I guess you could, I’ve never tried it. The pickles do not have an onion taste, they are totally sweet when finished.

  3. Katie says

    I am so going to try this. What altitude are you when you process in a water bath for 10 minutes? I’m at a higher elevation and will need to adjust my processing time accordingly.


    • Mary Ellen says

      Sorry, I am not sure how to high altitude can so I can’t advise you. I would google it and go to someone you can trust like Ball or Better Homes and Gardens.

  4. Brenda says

    Mary Ellen, Do you use cucumbers right out of the garden or can you use ones that’s been in refrigerator after picked from garden, just wanted to know if it matter.

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