Making Bread and Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles are one of my mother’s favorite pickle.

They have just the right sweetness and taste great all by them selves or on hamburgers and tuna fish sandwiches.

Use onions and cucumbers from your garden and make these pickles affordable and extra special.



Because vinegar is used in making pickles, you’ll process the filled jars in a Water Bath Canner.

First gather your supplies and ingredients.

Clean the mason jars in soapy water or wash them in the dish washer.

Leave them until you are ready to fill them.

Bread and Butter Pickles


This recipe makes 7 pints.

  • 4 pounds of 4-6 inch cucumbers cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 2 pounds of onions thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup canning salt
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 3 cups of apple cider vinegar

1. In a large bowl layer cucumbers and onion slices with salt. Place ice cubes on top of vegetable slices. Cover and let set for 1 ½ hours.

2. While vegetables are brining add sugar, mustard seed, turmeric, celery seed, peppercorns and vinegar in a large pot and bring to a boil. Turn off heat.

3. After 1 ½ hours drain the vegetables. Rinse the vegetable in cool water and drain. Add the vegetables to the vinegar solution and bring to a boil.

4. Ladle vegetables into one pint mason jars. Leave ½ inch space in top of each jar.


Clean off jar rims with a clean cloth. Place the two piece lids onto jars and hand tighten the bands.

Process the filled pint jars in a hot water bath for 10 minutes if you live at sea level. Adjust your time according to your altitude. Check the altitude chart below.

Start processing time when water begins to boil. Remove the jars of pickles from the canner with a jar lifter to avoid burning yourself.

Place jars of pickles on a towel to cool for 24 hours before storing.

Pickles are ready to eat in a 3 to 4 weeks but I think the flavor is best after 6 months.

Bread and Butter pickles look great in the jars and make great gifts for family and friends if you have any left.

These taste so good they will soon disappear.



Altitude Chart

For Boiling-Water or Water Bath Canning times.

Adjust time according to your altitude. Canning recipe times are based on sea level (1,000) or below.

Altitude in Feet

1,001 to 3,000
3,001 to 6,000
6,001 to 8,000
8,001 to 10,000
Increase Processing Time

5 Minutes
10 Minutes
15 Minutes
20 Minutes



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