Friday, August 28, 2009

Bread and Butter Pickles

On our way back from the cottage the other day, we stopped at the little vegetable stand. I couldn't believe the produce and the beehive of activity out back. Workers were just getting off their shift. Tractors were bringing in pallets of tomatoes, corn, beans, cukes... everything. I really wish I had a garden. Anyway, I stood in front of the pickling cukes and had to think about the date. Oh man, it's the last week of August. And I hadn't even thought about pickling. So I bought 2 bags of small cukes and other stuff to make Bread and Butter pickles. I thought I might have blogged about this last year cause I make them every year, but I hadn't. There must have been something more interesting on pickling day last year.

I got this simple and quick recipe from my sister a long time ago, I wouldn't even guess when. It's never failed me yet.

If you want to make them yourself, here's the recipe.

Bread and Butter Pickles - Makes 10 pints

16 cups thinly sliced small/medium cukes (this will be about 7 or 8 pounds)
5 or 6 onions sliced in rings
1 green pepper sliced in thin strips
1 red pepper sliced in thin strips
3 cups vinegar
5 cups sugar
1-1/2 tsp turmeric
1-1/2 tsp celery seed
2 Tbsp mustard powder

Combine chopped veg with 1/3 cup of course salt. Put half veg in a large bowl and put a try of ice cubes. Then put the rest of the veg on top and put another layer of ice cubes over that. Let stand for 3 hours. Then drain off the salt and water brine, rinse the veg, and remove any unmelted ice.

Put remaining ingredients in a large large pot and high heat. When sugar is dissolved, add all the cold vegetables. Bring all this to a boil. There doesn't seem like much liquid, but when it all comes to a boil, you'll see that there is lots of juice now. When the boil happens (takes about 15 min), stir well and then remove from heat and bottle in mason style jars.


Unknown said...

I love these. I haven't made them in ages, but I did for a few summers. I love eating them at your house.
I think you blogged about them before, maybe the year before, because I remember you writing that you handslice all your cukes. You don't use a food processer. I thought that was pretty cute.

bargello said...

Umm, wish I had walked in to your house just for the fragrance! And you picked a perfect day (cool) to make pickles. See ya later Gail,