Bread & Butter Pickles
I’m told these are wonderful.
My opinion does not count since I don’t like sweet pickles – not even spicy & sweet ones.
I know that most of the civilized world does like these, which is why I made them. DH loves them. So does most of my extended family and since I have 2000 cucumbers in my house right now it felt like a good idea.
In a normal summer, this would seem like a huge waste of decent cucumbers.
Let’s make some Bread & Butter pickles!
Begin by slicing 2000 cucumbers into nice thick, uniform slices. My youngest daughter sliced these for me while I was milking the cow. I came back to Mount Everest.
Looks like I am going to have to get used to Bread & Butter pickles.
Mount Everest is not a good system for preparing cucumber slices for pickling. I divided this mound of cucs into 3 different pots so I could appropriately season them.
Slice the onions & mix them in with the cucumber slices.
Sprinkle the salt over everything and add 4 cups of ice cubes.
Mix this up well so the salt and ice are evenly distributed. Cover, put a plate (or 3) on top (to weigh them down and let this sit for 3 hours.
Yes. You must let this sit for 3 hours.
This will make your cucumbers and onions crispy and crunchy…. even in February of next year.
To make the brine: combine vinegar, sugar, turmeric and mustard seed. Nope, there is not any water in this brine. It’s all vinegar and sugar. Crazy.
On stovetop heat this over medium-high heat.
Before adding the cucumber slices and onions to this – you must rinse them well.
Rinse them in a colander under cool water until all the salt is washed away.
Drain the cucumbers & pour into the brine.
This is a good time to get your canner on the stove with water and get it simmering.
Heat the cucumbers but do not let them boil (or you will have cooked cucumbers – blech).
Once they are piping hot (not boiling) remove from heat and ladle into hot jars.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes to each jar.
Wipe rims, adjust 2 piece lids & rings. Process 10 minutes in a boiling hot water bath.
How to Water Bath:
- Add hot jars to simmering water bath.
- Bring back to a boil.
- Begin timing – let process (boil) 10 minutes.
- Remove from bath and set on the counter (or rack) to cool completely.
I must admit, these aren’t bad.
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