How To Can Bread & Butter Pickles

bread and butter pickles

All of our mouths were watering as the house filled with the aroma of these delicious pickles this morning!!

Here’s the recipe:

Makes 7 pints

  • 4 quarts cucumbers, sliced (about 15, 6″-8″ cucumbers; leave peels on)
  • 4 medium white onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 quarts ice
  • 1/2 cup pickling salt (regular table salt leaves a sediment in the jars)
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 2 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 5 cups apple cider vinegar

In a large pot (I use my pressure canner), mix cucumbers, onions, salt and ice. Cover with a lid and let sit for 3 hours. Next, drain the mixture well and return to pot. Add sugar, spices, and vinegar; heat until it’s almost boiling, stirring mixture- do not let it get to a boil.

In the mean time, have your jars either steaming in the dishwasher, simmering in a pot of hot water, or sitting in a low heated oven. You’ll need the jars hot before you add the extremely hot pickle mixture to them; otherwise the jars could break.

When the mixture is ready, pour into hot jars, leaving about 1″ headspace, and seal lids. Hot water bath for 10 minutes, just to be safe.

*Note: When I made this recipe I used 6 onions, and ended up with 9 pints of mixture. There were way too many onions though, in my opinion, so I adjusted the recipe accordingly.

12 thoughts on “How To Can Bread & Butter Pickles”

  1. These are the Best Ever Bread abd Butter Pickles. My Family and Friends can’t get enough of them. Super Delicious. Thank You for fantastic recipe.

  2. I have never water bathed my bread and butter pickles I bring them to a rolling boil put them in hot jars (heated in the oven at 170 degrees) and the sterilize the lids so they are hot put lids on and they have always sealed and have been great.

  3. I love this recipe. It tastes just like Grandmas. I agree, too many onions (although the onions taste just like the cukes in the end). Second batch I added more cucumbers & 1/2 the onions. Yum!

  4. Kendra,

    I saw your pictures of the cucumbers on Facebook & said that I was also canning bread & butter pickles. Is this the recipe you got from recipezaar? My recipe is pretty much the same. It is my Aunt Bonnie’s recipe. Here is is:

    4 qts. sliced cucumbers
    1 1/2 c. sliced onions
    2 large garlic cloves
    2 qts. ice cubes
    1/3 c. salt
    4 1/2 c. sugar
    1 1/2 tsp. turmeric
    1 1/2 tsp. celery seed
    2 Tbsp. mustard seed
    3 c. vinegar

    Wash cucumbers & drain. Slice unpeeled cucumbers. Add onions & garlic. Add salt & mix thoroughly. Cover with ice. Let stand for 3 hours. Drain & remove garlic cloves. Combine sugar, spices & vinegar. Heat just to boiling. Add drained cucumber & onion slices. Heat 5 min. Pack hot pickles loosely into clean, hot pint jars to 1/2 inch of top. Process in boiling water for 5 min.

  5. I have recently discovered that I love B&B pickles, so thanks much for the recipe!!! Plan to make these this year if any of our cuke plants survive. THey aren’t looking so hot right now. 🙁

    Bet that icy water soak really crisps up the cuke slices!!

  6. The new ball book of preserving says to put the jars in the water bath and fill with water to cover (unless they are quarts -then fill to about an inch from top. This will sterlize them while the water is heating.


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