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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Refrigerator Bread And Butter Pickles

After picking cucumbers last weekend, I thought I'd make
these yummy pickles.  Very easy...no canning... and they
are ready to eat the next day.
Besides, it gave me a chance to use this cute vintage
Monarch Foods Cracker Jar.  It makes
me smile when I open the fridge. :)




I like bread and butter pickles...not as sweet as those
sweet midgets from the grocery and not as strong
as the dill pickles, either.  They have a nice sweet/vinegar
 combination that is really yummy on burgers and sandwiches.





If you have some extra cucumbers from your garden,
you should give these a try!
I doubled the recipe and it made about 8 cups.

Refrigerator Bread And Butter Pickles

5 1/2 cups (1 1/2 lbs) thinly sliced cucumbers
1 1/2 Tablespoons kosher salt
1 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
1 cup sugar
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seed
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric 

Combine cucumbers and salt in a large bowl.
Cover and chill 1 1/2 hours.
Rinse in a colander under cold water, drain well and return
 to bowl.  Add onion to the cucumbers and toss together.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the sugar
dissolves.  Pour the hot vinegar mixture over the cucumbers
and onions.  Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.

Cover and refrigerate 24 hours.  
Good for 2 weeks.

48 comments:

  1. Ha! Beat you to it this time! I made the same thing on Sunday, but I like mine to "mature" for a week before I eat it. (Sending you a picture by email)

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    1. No kidding? Great minds! I can't remember if these get better as more time goes by or not...it's been a couple of years since I made them!

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  2. Never had bread and butter pickles . . . sounds really tasty . . :)
    Like pickled cucumbers very much , , , , and piccalilli . . . :)

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    1. Did you know that bread and butter pickles are British? Really!
      Drive over to Keiths...maybe he'll share!

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    2. No I didn't know that ~ good idea to drive over to Keith . . :)

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    3. I've been reading the fruits of your research about the name ~ fascinating . . . :)

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    4. Yep...I bet your grandmother and mum at them!

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  3. YUM! I have been on a pickle kick lately. I eat them every day...mostly dill pickles, but love sweet too. I've never had homemade though. Love the old fashioned jar ♥

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    1. You should make these...or have Tom make them! So yummy!

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  4. Why are they called bread and butter? Am I being thick?

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    1. I don't know...but they are British! I should ask you! haha...I'll look on Google and see what they say....

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    2. They got the name "bread and butter" during the war when pickled cucumbers were eaten for lunch with bread and butter, ... a cheap source of what was considered a vegetable back in the day. So, there we have it!

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  5. OK thanks. But
    I never heard of them until I started reading blogs. Most of them not British!
    Did you listen to the song on Alan's latest post? Amazing to here music recorded more than 100 years ago.

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    1. My first google search said they were British. I wonder if they just stopped pickling them and that was the start of cucumber sandwiches! haha...

      I haven't been to Alan's yet today...sounds interesting!...but all of his posts are!

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  6. Lovely presentation Betsy...
    I am so lazy...I use English cucumbers..sliced..red onions..sliced...and add them to my pickle juice!!!
    I tried from scratch once, but did not like the combo of spices that i used...
    A few peeled cloves of garlic is also excellent...
    Good job!!
    Enjoy your evening..
    Cheers!!
    Linda :o)

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    1. garlic...you must like dill pickles! I kind of like your idea...can't get easier than that!

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  7. You'll have pickles for a while
    With that pickled jar pile

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    1. Yes, those will be enough for sure
      as I took my pickle venture.

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  8. Great way to use those cucumbers ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Jan! Yes, a tasty way to use them up!

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  9. I can assure Georgina and Eddie that Bread and Butter pickle was a British thing during WWII when good food was hard to get. Two of the easiest things to grow, even on the grass verges at the side of the road, were cucumbers and onions. I was 8 yrs in the last year of that war and I can remember that my Grandma always made me a packed lunch of bread and butter packed with the pickles to take to school. We had real butter then because I lived on a dairy farm. The "townie-kids" had to make do with dripping or margarine!

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    1. Lucky you getting real butter on your sandwich! Your grandma took good care of you...from the bits you've told me, your grandparents were good people. How lucky to live on a dairy farm at that time....I'm sure not everyone got milk and butter! I can see, too, how pickling cucumbers and onions was a great way to preserve those things that grew...you just did what you could! My inlaws who were born during that time always did eat butter sandwiches and didn't let any little thing go to waste...even years and years later. The Mister and I, as teenagers, counted 18 cans of tuna in their pantry one time and laughed...but I'm sure it had to do with that idea that you didn't want to run out!

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    2. Even now that I'm in my late 70's I still keep a well stocked store cupboard full of tinned and dried food. About this time of year I add extra tins etc for my store to my weekly shop. By the time the winter comes I am self sufficient and can survive for three to four months if necessary without going out the door. All this stems from my childhood when I saw my Grandparents preparing for the worst possible scenario during the war.

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    3. It's a great idea, and one that I do, albeit not as thoroughly as you. If it was just the mister and me, we would be happy eating anything like that. The boys are a little more finicky and love their fresh fruits and yogurt. But I still like to stock up.

      My mother in law was called the Cardboard Queen because she never threw out anything. She could make all kinds of things out of cardboard...bookshelves, drawer organizers, pantry dividers, shoe cubbies...you name it!

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  10. The photo makes me smile..it looks so pretty.

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  11. that is a beautiful jar!! Your recipe is almost exactly like mine,, we like them too!

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    1. It's a good recipe, isn't it? Not to pickly...just right!

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  12. Oh that's a good recipe. Better than mine. We had bread and butter pickles at the party but they were store bought, and not nearly as good as yours I'm sure.

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    1. If you try this one, let me know....you probably wouldn't need to double it, though. Don might not like them breakfast, lunch, AND dinner...haha. Well, maybe some drizzle on them to change them up for dessert? ack....

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  13. Looks so pretty and fresh in that jar. I didn't realize one could do them without all the canning/boiling hassle. Cool!

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    1. This is the easiest and yummiest way...especially if you didn't want to do the real canning. Although, I do love that, too...especially the reward of seeing those beautiful jars all lined up on a shelf during the winter!

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  14. Thanks for the recipe, these sound really good. The jar is really neat too! Have a great evening. Heather

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    1. Let me know if you try them, Heather...I bet you'll love them!

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  15. Gardening. Fresh veggies. Canning (sorta). Pickling. You are just dying to become a full-fledged 100% farm girl, aren't you?!! You keep tiptoeing all around it.

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    1. Yeah, I was born a city girl but I could easily pull on some cowgirl boots and trade my jeep in for a truck! haha....And I really should can....I used to every summer....peaches, beans, salsa and applesauce! Of course I wasn't growing those things...had to go to the farmer's market and buy them!

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  16. They look fabulous and I agree so delicious on sandwiches and just the right combo of sweetness and vinegar! Looks great!

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    1. Yes...I love the flavor..it's perfect! yum!

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  17. Yum - I love these. I'm going to have to make them again. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. I hadn't made them in a couple of years...forgot how yummy they are!

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  18. Hi Betsy - lovely to see them in your special jar ... and what a great way of using cucumbers ... when we grow them we always have too many ... I haven't made pickles for ages - sadly I won't start now - but one day ... again. I love the name too 'bread and butter pickles' ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. I'm really glad I didn't put out more than one plant! haha...

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    2. Hilary - Sometimes referred to as 'Sandwich Pickle' by the commercial companies. The bought ones are good, but not as scrummy as home made!.

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  19. Looks delicious!!!! I love cucumbers...they're so perfect for summer.

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    1. Yes, they are! They taste like summer, don't they? yum.

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  20. My mother and grandmother who lived on farms in southern Iowa loved to make this recipe. I think it was fast and easy and they didn't have to wait to eat them. All those canned pickles were good but these were instant gratification. Your pickles photographed well. Yum.....

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    1. I agree..and you know, they were actually pretty tasty before they even chilled...haha...had to sample them right away!

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  21. Oooh, sounds tasty and I might even be able to make these. If all the little blooms on my cucumber plants make fruit, I'll have a bumper crop. Your recipe came just in time.

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