Bread and Butter Pickles

My Grandma Anderson made these pickles a lot and I remember taking jars of them to college my freshman year -the onions are the best part.

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Bread and Butter Pickles

20 medium sized cucumbers

8 large onions – I try to use smaller onions so that I can use them whole or sliced not chopped

1/2 c. Salt

Crushed ice

Slice the cucumbers and onions very thin. Add salt and mix well. Cover with ice and let stand about 3 hours.

Drain, rinse and drain well.

Combine the following:

4-1/2 cups vinegar

4-1/2 cups sugar

2 T. mustard seed

1 t. tumeric

1/2 t. ground cloves

2 t. celery seed

pinch of ground ginger

Heat on stove and bring to a boil.

Add drained cucumbers and onions.

Reduce heat. Cook slowly for 10 minutes – do not boil.

Pack hot into sterilized jars and seal.

Makes 6-7 pints.

12 thoughts on “Bread and Butter Pickles

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  2. Ann Barlament

    Pickles are not my favorite ~ but I was known for making them for other people and including a jar at Christmas time. I also tried making hot pepper relish, main ingredients were green tomatoes and jalapeno peppers.

  3. Brenda archambault

    Mary, it looks like the recipe I used 55 years ago. Delicious. Those days are long past.
    I hope you and Reed have a special fun day planned.
    We hit 114 yesterday and actually had an inch of rain a few days ago. That makes 2″ so far this year.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Brenda – that’s about the time my mom was making these pickles!

  4. Kim LeMere

    These sounds delish! and since I have lots of cukes and onions I will give this a try. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I have enjoyed seeing the corn grow and all those fun pictures of the fair. My parents are from Osage and this brings back many happy memories.

  5. Anita Fetzer

    My Mother made many jars of these. After I got married, had a big garden I made them too . Solo good

  6. Meta O’Connell

    Mary, thank you so much for the recipe. I have one that is very similar that I got from an elderly lady in N.J. back in 1964. When I saw your pickles yesterday I was wondering if it was similar. Can’t wait to try yours. Thank you so much.

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