Easy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles
These easy refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles taste exactly like the ones my mom used to can. Except, these Refrigerator Pickles are no muss, no fuss!!!
If you’re new to canning or don’t have all the proper equipment for the full-fledged canning process, this simple recipe for homemade sweet pickles is the perfect place to start!
From Vermaast via Pinterest: I made 24 pints of these bread and butter Pickles and they came out great. They are delicious.
Why You Must Make
- If you’ve never made pickles before, this is an easy recipe that doesn’t require processing.
- They’re sweet and delicious!
- Perfect for snacking or adding to a sandwich!
If you’re lazy like me and don’t want to go through the full routine of actually canning pickles, these refrigerator pickles bread and butter pickles are perfect for you! The process will still take a few hours, but it’s a very simple procedure. Happy preserving!
Buying and Prepping Your Cucumbers
- Use the freshest, unblemished cucumbers you can find. Pickling cucumbers are smaller than the variety you may use in your salads, so look for those.
The Pickling Process
- Before brining, wash your cucumbers without soap to remove any dirt or contaminants.
- 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.
- A double rinse is needed to remove excess salt and then, the cukes and onions were added to a hot pickling mixture of vinegar, sugar, and spices.
- The ratio of vinegar and sugar can vary among recipes as well as the spices used. This recipe hits the mark of perfection for me! Feel free to tweak it to your taste buds. For example, these sweet pickles are pretty sweet, you may want to decrease the sugar, but I find these perfect!
Storing Your Refrigerator Pickles
- These bread and butter pickles were packed in jars and cooled before screwing on the lids and refrigerating. Now isn’t that simple?
- Since this method did not involve sterilization, they should be eaten within a couple of weeks (some sources say they’re good for 6-8 weeks).
- If you grow pickle-sized cucumbers in your garden, make an extra batch and share these with your friends and neighbors!
Frequently Asked Questions
Unlike true canned pickles that need to be processed in a water bath to make them shelf-safe, refrigerator pickles are actually heated at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time. This does not hermetically seal them, so they must be stored in the refrigerator for a limited amount of time.
These refrigerator pickles are nothing more than a subclass of sweet pickles. The origin of their name may come from the Great Depression when they were possibly used as a sandwich filling when combined with bread and butter.
Refrigerator pickles will keep well for 3-4 weeks as long as they’re stored in the refrigerator. Watch the brine and if it starts looking murky or if the pickles’ texture starts to deteriorate, it’s time to discard them.
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Easy Bread and Butter Pickles
Easy, refrigerator bread and butter pickles like my mom used to make!
- 2 pounds pickling cucumbers, sliced
- 8 pearl onions, sliced
- 1/4 cup canning salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon mustard seed
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- A pinch of ground cloves
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1180mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 0g
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 nor radio in that car, either. My dad was a frugal man! We’d kill time by picking out our favorite farmhouses 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 across 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 those sweet pickles flavored with mustard and celery seeds.
I’m certain my aunt, Angela, actually canned hers, but I took the easy route with these easy bread and butter pickles. At that age, I was much more interested in eating refrigerator pickles than paying attention to the process, but I’m delighted it was so easy to replicate the taste.
70 Comments on “Easy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles”
This recipe looks delicious, exactly what I was looking for. My favorite pickles. I see it is also a recipe that I can make and safely can bottles in a hot water bath. Can’t wait to make these. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
So easy to make and turned out delicious! Thanks.
I loved it! Everyone at my house loved it too! Thanks for the recipe!
Just made these pickles! Omg! They are delicious! Didn’t have a kitchen scale to weigh them so weighed them on my bathroom scale! Lol! Had to improvise. Didn’t have ground cloves so I used 3 whole cloves. Then I added some dill. The taste is so good. Next time I will slice thicker. Sliced on mandolin and looked thick enough but it wasn’t. Can’t wait until they sit in the refrigerator so I can eat them! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!
Oh, I’m so glad, Terry! You did a great job tweaking the recipe! Thanks for reporting back 🙂
I’ve never made pickles!!!! Why not?!!!! What a great recipe. And I love bread and butter variety, although I typically stick a halved jalapeño in the jar. Thanks!