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Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe

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Bread and Butter Pickles recipe

Do you love the sweet-tangy crunch of Bread and Butter Pickles? Well, you’re in for a treat! Homemade pickles not only taste much better than store-bought, but they also allow you to control the ingredients and customize the flavors to your liking. These Bread and Butter Pickles are no exception. They are incredibly easy to make, requiring just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time.

fresh array of cucumbers and a large onion

These pickles get their name from the Great Depression era when pickled cucumbers were a staple on bread and butter sandwiches due to their affordability. Today, they are a beloved addition to sandwiches, and burgers, or just enjoyed on their own as a snack.

In this guide, we will walk you through each step of the pickling process to help you create the perfect jar of Bread and Butter Pickles. So, let’s get started!

cutted Bread and Butter Pickles

Additional Tips and Pairings

  1. For a twist on the classic, try adding other vegetables such as bell peppers or cauliflower florets to the pickling mix.
  2. Experiment with other spices and herbs like dill, turmeric, or garlic for a different flavor profile.
  3. Bread and Butter Pickles pair beautifully with BBQ dishes, so they’re a great addition to any summer grilling party.
  4. These pickles also work well on a charcuterie board, adding a tangy contrast to rich cheeses and cured meats.

Chef’s Tips and Tricks

  1. Choosing the right cucumber is crucial. Pickling cucumbers are the best for this recipe because they have a thick skin that holds up well to pickling and a great crunch.
  2. When slicing your cucumbers, ensure they are all roughly the same thickness so they pickle at the same rate.
  3. Avoid using aluminum pots for the pickling process as the acid in the vinegar can react with the metal, giving your pickles a metallic taste.
  4. It’s essential to remove the jars from heat as soon as the pickles boil to ensure they retain their crispness. Overcooking will result in mushy pickles.
  5. Finally, patience is key! Though it may be tempting to dive right into your jar of pickles, giving them enough time to marinate will significantly enhance their flavor. The longer they sit, the better they get. Enjoy the process and the tasty result!

Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe Guide

Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )
Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 35 calories 0g fat


  1. 5-6 medium cucumbers (about 2 pounds), preferably pickling cucumbers
  2. 1 large sweet onion
  3. 1/4 cup kosher or pickling salt
  4. 2 cups white granulated sugar
  5. 2 cups white vinegar
  6. 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  7. 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  9. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  10. 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  11. 1 inch of a cinnamon stick
  12. 6 allspice berries plus a pinch of ground allspice
  13. 6 whole cloves plus a pinch of ground cloves


  1. Start by thoroughly washing your cucumbers to remove any dirt.
  2. Cut off the ends and slice the cucumbers into approximately 1/4-inch thick rounds.
  3. Peel and thinly slice the onion.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced cucumbers and onions. Sprinkle the pickling salt over them, mix well, and cover with ice cubes. Let them sit for about 1 to 2 hours. This process helps to draw out water from the cucumbers, making them crunchier when pickled.
  5. After the resting period, thoroughly rinse the cucumbers and onions under cold water to remove excess salt. Drain well.

Pickling Process:

  1. In a large pot, combine white sugar, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, light brown sugar, mustard seeds, crushed red pepper flakes, celery seeds, a piece of cinnamon stick, allspice berries, ground allspice, whole cloves, and ground cloves.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves completely.
  3. Once the brine is ready, add the drained cucumbers and onions to the pot. Return the mixture to a boil.
  4. As soon as the mixture boils, remove the pot from the heat. The cucumbers should still retain their vibrant color and crunch.

Jar Preparation and Filling:

  1. While preparing your pickles, also prepare your jars. For this recipe, you will need clean and sterilized mason jars with their lids. Sterilization can be done by boiling the jars and lids in a large pot of water for about 10 minutes.
  2. Once your pickles are ready, carefully ladle them into the prepared jars, making sure to pack them in tightly. Pour the hot brine over the cucumbers, leaving about 1/2 inch of headspace at the top. Ensure that the cucumbers are completely submerged in the brine.
  3. Wipe the rims of the jars clean, then tightly secure the lids.

Storing and Serving:

  1. Let the jars cool to room temperature. Once cooled, store the pickles in the refrigerator.
  2. These pickles need at least 24 hours to marinate before they're ready to be enjoyed, but they get even better with time.
  3. The pickles can last for up to a month in the refrigerator, but ensure to always use a clean utensil to remove the pickles from the jar to avoid contamination.
  4. Bread and Butter Pickles can be enjoyed in various ways. Serve them with sandwiches, or burgers, or use them as a tangy addition to salads. They can also be enjoyed straight from the jar as a refreshing snack.


Please ensure to use pickling or kosher salt and not table salt, as the latter can darken your pickles and make the brine cloudy due to the added iodine and anti-caking agents.

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