Old Fashioned Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe for Canning

There is nothing better than an old fashioned bread and butter pickles. Luckily this bread and butter pickles recipe is easy to make containing many ingredients from the pantry. Canning bread and butter pickles creates a shelf stable item which can be enjoyed well into the winter months.

old fashioned bread and butter pickles recipe for canning

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Old Fashioned Bread and Butter Pickles

I can remember the first time canning bread and butter pickles. Not realizing the amount of time it took to create this was, well, almost frustrating. That was, until a jar was open and I had a taste of what I had preserved.

There are many variations as to how to create this recipe, and each in its own right is delicious.

  • substitute cucumbers for summer squash such as, zucchini yellow squash
  • add crushed or whole dried peppers, even freshly grated horseradish root for a spicy bread & butter pickles
  • keep pickles crisp longer by adding natural tannin (though a softer texture is traditional)
  • adjust the spices according to your desired taste, add crushed fresh garlic cloves for a slightly different flavor
  • substitute the distilled vinegar for a smoother vinegar option (see below)
Keep pickles crisp longer

It’s all about the Pickles

There is no denying it, people love pickled items. Whether the recipe calls for the use of cucumbers, beets, garlic scapes, carrots, asparagus, and even green beans people will consume it. Case in point, pickled watermelon rinds.

Just look at these delicious pickled recipes:

Grandma’s old fashioned pickles

The joy in creating pickled items is the ability to utilize vinegar other than white distilled vinegar. The only stipulation, the vinegar used must be 5% acidic or higher.

Try the following vinegar options in place of distilled vinegar:

  • white wine
  • red wine
  • rice vinegar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • Basalmic
  • champagne

The type of vinegar to use will vary based on what is being preserved and the desired flavor.

Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe

Keep in mind, an old fashioned bread and butter recipe can be made modern by substituting a few simple ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds pickling cucumbers
  • 8 cups onions (roughly 3 pounds), sweet yellow or red onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pickling salt
  • 4 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 4 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric

Equipment

  • non-reactive heavy bottom pot, copper jam pot, enamel Dutch oven, stainless steel
  • steam canner or boiling water canner
  • large stainless steel or glass mixing bowl
  • jar funnel
  • air bubble remover
  • 8 pint size jars
  • measure cup
  • measuring spoons
  • slotted spoon
  • ladle

Instructions

  1. Wash cucumbers well, soak cucumbers for 15 minutes in cold water to crisp softer cukes.
  2. Cut and discard the blossom end of the cucumber to slow the enzymes which cause foods to continue ripening.
  3. In a stainless steel or glass mixing bowl combine cucumbers and onions, add salt and mix well. Cover the salted cucumber slices with 2-inches of crushed or cubed ice. Place into the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours, add additional ice as needed.
  4. In a non-reactive pot combine the dried herbs, sugar, and vinegar. Bring the brine to a boil, allow to boil for 10 minutes.
  5. Drain the cucumbers and onions, add to the brine. Allow the mixture to return to a boil.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, add cucumbers and onions to clean, sterilized jars leaving a 1/2-inch headspace.
  7. Place jar funnel onto jar, using a ladle fill jars with the brine.
  8. Remove air bubbles, add additional brine as needed.
  9. Wipe the rims using a clean damp cloth, add warmed lids and rings finger tight.
  10. Processing time is based on the altitude in which you reside, see the chart below.

Allow the jars to rest for 4 to 5 weeks prior to consuming. This ensures the maximum flavor has been achieved.

Canning Bread and Butter Pickles

As mentioned in step 10 of the instructions, the processing time is based on the altitude in which you reside.

Type of PackJar Size0 – 1,000 ft1,001 – 6,000 ftabove 6,000 ft
Hotpints or quarts101520
Processing Times for Bread & Butter Pickles

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Old Fashioned Bread and Butter Pickles for Canning

There is nothing better than an old fashioned bread and butter pickles. Luckily this bread and butter pickles recipes is easy to make containing many ingredients from the pantry. Canning bread and butter pickles creates a shelf stable item which can be enjoyed well into the winter months.
Prep Time4 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Canning20 mins
Total Time4 hrs 50 mins
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread & butter pickles, bread and butter pickles recipe, canning bread and butter pickles, easy bread and butter pickles, old fashioned bread and butter pickles
Servings: 8 pints
Cost: $20 (ish)

Equipment

  • non-reactive heavy bottom pot, copper jam pot, enamel Dutch oven, stainless steel
  • steam canner or boiling water canner
  • large stainless steel or glass mixing bowl
  • Jar Funnel
  • Air Bubble Remover
  • 8 pint size jars
  • measure cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • slotted spoon
  • Ladle

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds pickling cucumbers
  • 8 cups onions 3 pounds, sweet yellow or red onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pickling salt
  • 4 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 4 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric

Instructions

  • Wash cucumbers well, soak cucumbers in cold water to crisp them up.
  • Cut and discard the blossom end of the cucumber to slow the enzymes which cause foods to continue ripening.
  • In a stainless steel or glass mixing bowl combine cucumbers and onions, add salt and mix. Cover the salted cucumber slices with 2-inches of crushed or cubed ice. Place into the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours, add additional ice as needed.
  • In a non-reactive pot combine the herbs, sugar, and vinegar. Bring the brine to a boil, allow to boil for 10 minutes.
  • Drain the cucumbers and onions, add to the brine. Allow the mixture to return to a boil.
  • Using a slotted spoon, add cucumbers and onions to clean, sterilized jars leaving a 1/2-inch headspace.
  • With a ladle fill jars with the brine.
  • Remove air bubbles, add additional brine as needed.
  • Wipe the rims using a clean damp cloth, add warmed lids and rings finger tight.
  • Processing time is based on the altitude in which you reside, see the chart in the article.

Notes

Allow the jars to rest for 4 to 5 weeks prior to consuming. Variations to this recipe can be found in the original blog post. 

Whether you are consuming this old fashioned bread and butter recipe directly out of the jar or as a condiment for burgers, it is a great staple for every pantry!

old fashioned bread and butter pickles recipe for canning
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