This easy recipe for canning bread and butter pickles is a delicious way to preserve fresh homegrown cucumbers straight from your own garden.
My vegetable garden has had a surplus of cucumbers this year and I like to make as many types of homemade pickles as I can. This was a great recipe and turned out delicious.
- 1 Large Onion
- 1/4 cup Canning Salt
- 3 cups Apple Cider Vinegar: White vinegar is an option
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 2 tsp Mustard Seed or Ground Mustard
- 1 tsp Celery Seed
- 1 tsp Ground Turmeric
- 1/2 tsp Pickling Spice
Steps in Preparing Bread and Butter Pickles for Canning
First, wash the fresh cucumbers. For best results, grow pickling cucumbers and pick them when they are still small, not overgrown.
Cut of the ends of the cucumbers and slice cucumbers about 1/4 inch thick.
My method of figuring out how many cucumbers to slice is to fill up a pint or quart, whichever size you are using, with the fresh cucumber slices and dump them in a bowl and continue doing that until you have the amount you want.
Slice the onion into thin slices.
Combine cucumbers and onion slices in a large bowl.
Sprinkle canning salt over the top of the cucumbers and onions.
Cover with ice and water and let sit in the bowl for 3 hours.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a large pot to make the pickling liquid and heat to boiling. Drain and rinse the salt from the cucumbers and onions and add to the pot and return to boiling.
Canning the Bread and Butter Pickles
Ladle the cucumbers and onions into the jars using a canning funnel and a slotted spoon.
Pour brine over the pickles and keep a 1/2 inch of headspace.
Wipe the top of the jar, remove the air bubbles and add the canning lids.
Add the canning jars to the hot water bath and process at high heat at a full rolling boil. The processing time for pickles is 10 minutes for pint jars and 15 minutes for quart jars. I use the Ball electric water bath canner and love it.
Remove the hot jars from the canning pot with a jar lifter and place jars on a dish towel on the counter. Do not disturb for 24 hours.
These delicious sweet pickles are easy to make and fun to share! Jars of pickles always make great gifts, everyone is a pickle lover!
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