Refrigerated Bread and Butter Pickles

            This has gotta be my favorite type of pickle ever! I was a kid the first time I tasted these, I remember sneaking to the table to get more and being met with a head shaking no. I learned a wicked lesson that day. A child should never overeat pickles, no matter how good they taste.

            I don’t care what holiday it is, what I am celebrating, there is always a tray of pickles on my dining table. Of course, I have to make a variety of pickles, otherwise, people are eating all my bread and butter pickles.

            Bread and butter pickles are a classic here in the US, for sure. The little slices of heaven are slightly sweet, slightly tangy but all around perfectly delicious. I did ask once why they are called bread and butter pickles, they did not taste like either. I guess I was assuming that people made pickle sandwiches. (btw, I have made these, they are really tasty).

I was told that it is believed back when times were tough, people would make these pickles and then trade for essentials such as breads, butter or other items. Apparently the name just stuck.

Frequently Asked Questions:

            What is the purpose of ‘bread and butter’ ?

Again, during the depression, many people would trade these pickles for items that they needed, such as bread and butter.

            It seems hard to make these, is it?

Actually I find it to be one of the easiest pickles to make when I am canning vegetables in the fall.

            Could I give these as small gifts?

If your family and friends do not do their own canning each fall, they would probably love to have a jar of bread and butter pickles.

What do you need to make Refrigerated Bread and Butter Pickles

            8 pickling cucumbers

            1 white onion

            3 tbsp kosher salt

            1 cup brown sugar

            1 cup white vinegar

            ½ cup apple cider vinegar

            2 tsp celery seed

            2 tsp mustard seeds

            ½ tsp red pepper flakes

How to make Refrigerated Bread and Butter Pickles

FIRST STEP:

Slice the cucumber and white onion into thin slices and place into a large bowl.

Sprinkle with the kosher salt, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for one hour

SECOND STEP:

Transfer the onion and cucumber to a colander and rinse the salt off well

Drain the excess water and return to the bowl

THIRD STEP:

In a saucepan on the stove, with medium heat, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring continuously until the sugar has melted

Pour the vinegar mix over the sliced cucumbers and onions in the bowl and stir

FOURTH STEP:

You can spoon the ingredients into two small canning jars and cover with the lids and rings

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Allow to cool to room temperature then they can be placed into the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Enjoy!

YUM!

Refrigerated Bread and Butter Pickles

Refrigerated Bread and Butter Pickles

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  •             8 pickling cucumbers
  •             1 white onion
  •             3 tbsp kosher salt
  •             1 cup brown sugar
  •             1 cup white vinegar
  •             ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  •             2 tsp celery seed
  •             2 tsp mustard seeds
  •             ½ tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

FIRST STEP:

Slice the cucumber and white onion into thin slices and place into a large bowl.

Sprinkle with the kosher salt, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for one hour

SECOND STEP:

Transfer the onion and cucumber to a colander and rinse the salt off well

Drain the excess water and return to the bowl

THIRD STEP:

In a saucepan on the stove, with medium heat, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring continuously until the sugar has melted

Pour the vinegar mix over the sliced cucumbers and onions in the bowl and stir

FOURTH STEP:

You can spoon the ingredients into two small canning jars and cover with the lids and rings

Allow to cool to room temperature then they can be placed into the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 760mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g