Bread and Butter Pickles #SundaySupper #SkinnyTip

Bread and Butter Pickles | A refrigerator pickle recipe

Bread and Butter Pickles | Easy sweet bread and butter refrigerator pickles recipe | That Skinny Chick Can Bake

North Dakota Memories

Each summer, we’d pile into our unairconditioned station wagon and take the eight hour trek up to visit our North Dakota relatives. There were no seat belts or radio in that car, either. My dad was a frugal man! We’d kill time by picking out our favorite farm houses and playing license plate games as we headed north on I-35. Once our trip corresponded with a total eclipse of the sun, so we drove to the Canada border for an awesome show by Mother Nature. More typically, we’d create our own adventures with our cousins. We climbed into the barn lofts, visited the dogs and horses, ate homemade caramels and tacos and helped make bread and butter pickles. My dad was more of a dill and garlic sort of guy, but, like my mom and her clan, I loved these sweet, sliced pickles flavored with mustard and celery seeds. I’m certain my aunt, Angela, actually canned hers, but I took the easy route with this refrigerator version. At that age, I was much more interested in eating them than paying attention to the process, but I’m delighted it was so easy to replicate the taste.


Bread and Butter Pickles | A refrigerator pickle recipe Bread and Butter Pickles | Easy sweet bread and butter refrigerator pickles recipe | That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Bread and Butter Pickles

To make these pickles, slices of cucumber and onions were heavily salted and covered with ice. Over three hours, the ice began to melt and the vegetables were brined. After a double rinse, the cukes and onions were added to a hot pickling mixture of vinegar, sugar and spices. These pickles were then packed in jars and cooled before screwing on the lids and refrigerating. Now wasn’t that simple? Since this method did not involve sterilization, they should be eaten within a couple weeks. They are quite sweet, so feel free to decrease the sugar if desired. Happy preserving!

This week, the Sunday Supper crew is into “Saving Summer” by using all methods including canning, freezing and preserving. Check out all the marvelous recipes and tips from my Sunday Supper friends.

Note: I purchased my canning labels from Felix Doolittle. Watch for sales around the holidays.

Learn how to …

Sip sunny cocktails and smoothies

Scoop up special salsas and sauces

Jump into jellies, jams and preserves

Pucker up for pickles

Slurp and spoon soup and a side dish

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Bread and Butter Pickles #SundaySupper
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds pickling cucumbers, sliced
  • 8 pearl onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup canning salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • A pinch of ground cloves
Instructions
  1. In a large container, combine the cucumbers, onions and salt. Cover with crushed ice and mix well. Let stand for 3 hours. Drain; rinse and drain again.
  2. In a large pot, combine the sugar, vinegar, mustard seed, celery seed, turmeric and cloves and bring to a boil. Add cucumber mixture, then return to a boil. Remove from the heat.
  3. Carefully ladle hot mixture into jars. Let cool, then screw on lids and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. If you'd like to store them longer, refer to a canning manual or website for directions.
Yield: 1½ quarts
Total time: 3 hours and 15 minutes
Bread and Butter Pickles from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Skinny Tip

I’m offering a series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #35: This tip is courtesy of my friend, Christy, from Confessions of a Culinary Diva. Shop the perimeter of the store. That’s where you’ll find the meat, produce and dairy. Avoid premade, packaged convenience foods in the center of the market, since they tend to be higher in calories and lower in nutrients.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the pickling tip! Your jars look ready for selling in batches!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

  2. Sometimes I am just craving for simply delicious pickles :D

  3. I have a vague recollection that my stepfather’s side of the family made bread and butter pickles when I was a child, Liz. But, like you, I never really paid attention to the process. I thought they started with pickles already and added spices and sugar. Guess I’ll have to ask my mother. Meanwhile, I’m going to make some of yours. They look crunchy and delightful! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Your pickles look fantastic, I am not usually fan but I really want to eat these crunchy ones now! :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  5. This looks fantastic.. I love home made pickles…

  6. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Your pickles turned out beautiful Liz! Love the color the turmeric brings-enjoy:@)

  7. What sweet memories of family, games and pickles, Liz. Without the radio (and iPhones!) we all might talk to each other more =) At any rate, as a person partial to bread and butter pickles, I am happy to have the great mystery of pickling revealed =)

  8. Bread and butter pickles are my favorite sandwich “must have”. I bet I could eat this jar in 3 days if nobody stopped me ;)

  9. I always wondered what on earth bread and butter pickles were! I’m definitely trying this recipe Liz.

  10. My grandmother mad the best bread and butter pickles ever! They bring back memories too. Love the tip today.

  11. Liz these look delicious! My husband would love it if I made homemade pickles for him.

  12. Wow I had no idea it could be this easy! thanks for sharing this Liz we’d eat them all in a few weeks for sure! Nice gifts too!

  13. Bread and butter pickles are some of my favorite things. I love the sweet and salty bite they have. I’ve actually been adding all sorts of pickles to savory entrees lately and have been loving the flavor! Your pickles look amazing and I’m in LOVE with your Made By Elizabeth sticker on the jar!

  14. I remember those cars long ago without seat belts. How did we ever survive? Thanks for sharing your easy pickles recipe. Nice to see another one that doesn’t require canning.

  15. Yum Liz! This is such a great idea! I have been wanting to make bread and butter pickles. Saving your recipe.

  16. I made bread and butter pickles for the first time last year at the request of a 88 year old neighbor. She would be delighted if I made them again for her. On a side note, I absolutely love your labels!

  17. Childhood memories….I’ve always been a pickle-a-holic, bread & butter, dill, you name it I eat it! I wish I had learned to can from my grandmothers, if I only knew then what I know now about how precious those memories would be later.

  18. Love, love, love these so much. I could just sit with a fork and the jar and eat to my hearts content!!! Love your little stickers too, reminded me I have some that I have never used!!

  19. I adore pickles… these look spectacular! I also have memories of piling into an old station wagon (in the back trunk area) and going on trips. My parents were very frugal too. My goodness we lived crazy simple lives then. Now I can’t imagine going any where without my kids in car seats. :) It was nice reading about your childhood memories. :)

  20. These pickles just scream summer to me! They look delicious!

  21. Bread and Butter Pickles is one of my favorites! I’m making a big batch next week when we get back home for an event! Your road trips brought up memories for me. Every couple of years, when I was a kid, we drove from our Pennsylvania home to visit my parents families in Alabama. It was a long 2 – day trip and we filled the time playing license plate games too, and playing an alphabet game where we had to find things outside the car that started with a, then b, c, etc. We couldn’t use each other’s words, and couldn’t move onto the next letter until we found something noone else had used for the previous letter. I can still remember how pissed I was when my dad spied a quilt hanging in someone’s backyard in Tennessee right when he was looking for something starting with a ‘Q’. Mom and I tried to bribe him with cookies to allow us to all share quilt for our ‘Q’s.

  22. I’ve never made pickles before. So glad you went first and explained the process in such easy to follow terms.

  23. You made my favorite! BTW I love that sticker you have on the jars! That is sooo cute!!

  24. Gorgeous pickles, full of idyllic childhood memories – just perfect for a nostalgic summer snack!

  25. I always shop the perimeter of the store. Luckily yesterday I found Oreos on the perimeter ;) Pickles have always been one of my favorite snacks. This is such an interesting method for making them.

  26. Love your idea of a fridge-version!

  27. I’m really not a fan of pickles, but awesome job! These look like the real deal ones you see in stores. But I’m sure taste much much better :)

  28. Auntiepatch says:

    Every year my family drove from So. Calif. to our family farm in Rogersville Mo. My dad was a non-stop driver so if you had to go to the bathroom you had to make a dash for the restroom at the gas station! When Dad was ready you had better be in the car. No stopping to see the sights (I was grown before I got a chance to see the Grand Canyon!) Half way there we would stop at a motel so that he could get a few hours of sleep. We would hang out at the pool (if there was one) and then start out again with Dad at the wheel. Whee! Look out! My parents are gone now but I remember what fun we had laughing and talking and singing on those LONG trips! We put a lot of miles on that station wagon!

  29. I love how quick and easy these are to put together they look and sound simply delicious. Nothing beats a treat that can take you back to your childhood!

  30. I’ve never canned pickles before Liz, so I’m saving your recipe for future summers. Bread and Butter pickles are my mother’s absolute favorite flavor too! Been canning tomatoes every other day and we’ve still got them coming on the vines . . . guess it makes up for not having even one tomato last year due to the torrential rains we had. Ah, Mother Nature!
    xo
    Roz

  31. I so remember those kind of car trips. Sometimes I’d put my little sister on the floor in the back seat and make her up with my makeup. Then she’d raise her head and look at my mom in the rear view mirror. My mom would almost drive off the road :) I could eat my weight in these pickles! Love them!

  32. Love bread and butter pickles! And yours look fabulously delicious! Love the label!

  33. So crunchy and appetizing!

  34. I sure would love to try this recipe! Your labels are simple adorable. The whole presentation is lovely :)

  35. While I’m not a fan of B&B pickles, I wouldn’t pass them up on a burger either!

  36. Claudia lamascolo says:

    After seeing these homemade who would ever want a store bought not me ….a must make

  37. These are one of my favorite kinds of pickles! Thanks for the recipe Liz!

  38. I love pickles. Any kind of pickles.

    And these pickles? I want them!

    Looks like a fabulous pickle recipe, which I will be making soon … thanks for sharing!

  39. These look yummy Liz! I made some a couple of weeks ago they were fantastic. Made dill also but the bread and butter are my favorites. Your’s is the first bread and butter recipe I’ve seen that uses tumeric. Wish I had seen it, I have a ton of tumeric on hand. Guess I’ll have to make more!

  40. This year, we are on the search for the perfect bread and butter pickle recipe. I’m excited to give yours a try!

  41. well… this has been PINNED!! : )

    those are the best memories aren’t they??? … bet you miss those summers, but not the lack of A/C! Have a great Friday Liz!

  42. I am a pickle nut!! My bf, not so much. So I rarely get to indulge. I would love some of your pickles right now!!

  43. I love bread and butter pickles :)

  44. My husband loves bread and butter pickles. I had no idea how easy it was to make!

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