Organic Canning: Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe

Organic Parisian Pickling Cucumbers

My pickling cucumbers are finally starting to produce quick enough that I can start making pickles.  My favorite? Bread and butter pickles! This was the first type of pickle I ever canned and a favorite with my family and friends! My grandma said, “Well, I thought I made the best bread and butter pickles but I might be wrong”! We can eat a jar a day.  Last year I didn’t make enough – Only 2 batches and I had family begging for more.    This is my second batch of this year and I’m hoping to make at least 3 more before my pickling cucumber plants stop producing.  As always, I use all organic ingredients…

Organic Canning Bread and Butter Pickles

Canned Bread and Butter Pickles 

makes 6 pints

4 pounds pickling cucumbers

1 large onion, halved and sliced in 1/4″ slices

1/3 cup kosher salt

3 cups cider vinegar (at least 5% acidity)

2 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 tsp tumeric

1/2 tsp celery seeds

1 1/2 tbsp whole mustard seeds


Wash the cucumbers and cut off the ends. Slice into 1/4″ slices.  Toss cucumber slices with onions and kosher salt in a large bowl. Cover with a paper towel and then cover with 5 or so cups of ice.  Let this mixture stand for 4-6 hours or overnight in the fridge.

Cucumbers in Ice Bread and Butter Pickles

Drain the mixture of cucumbers and onions and rinse with cold water to get rid of the salt.  In a large pot, over medium heat, combine the vinegar, sugar, tumeric, celery seeds, and mustard seeds.  Bring to a boil, heating until sugar is completely dissolved.  Add the cucumber mixture to the vinegar mixture and bring the new mixture to a boil.

Canning Bread and Butter Pickles Steps

Don’t be alarmed if your cucumbers don’t look as green as these.  This is what they’ll look like after they’ve boiled. Using a slotted spoon, fill warm, sterilized pint jars with the cucumbers.

Hot Packing Bread and Butter Pickles

Ladle liquid into the jars leaving a 1/4″ headspace.  Remove air bubbles, wipe rims, and adjust lids.  Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water canner (be sure that you start timing once the water has returned to boiling).

Canning Bread and Butter Pickles Filling Jars

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