Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Grandma's Favorite Bread & Butter Pickles

My 92 year old Grandmother loves these pickles that I make for her.

    Bread and Butter Pickles

      15 cups sliced pickling cucumbers
      3 onions, thinly sliced
      1/4 cup coarse salt
      4 cups cracked ice
      2 1/2 cups cider vinegar
      2 1/2 cups sugar
      3/4 teaspoon turmeric
      1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
      1 tablespoon mustard seeds


    Combine cucumbers, onions, salt and ice in a large bowl.
    Mix well.
    Put a weight on and allow to stand 3 hours. (For a weight, I use a plate with a gallon bottle of vinegar or water on top of it).
    Drain thoroughly.
    Combine vinegar, sugar, turmeric, celery seed and mustard seed in a large pot.
    Add drained cucumbers.
    Place pot on medium low heat.
    Bring almost to a boil, but DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL.
    Remove from heat.
    Seal in sterilized jars, 10 minutes in a hot water bath.
    Easy way to sterilize jars: Wash them well in hot soapy water.
    Dry them off.
    Put on a cookie sheet, right side up, at 225°F for 15 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. I am a first time canner...Can you please explaine to me the "hot water bath", how long what temp and lids on?