Bread and Butter Pickles


  • 4 quarts cucumbers, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 sweet green peppers (bell peppers), cut into strips
  • 6 onions, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 3 cloves garlic, whole
  • 1/3 cup pickling salt
  • 5 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed


  1. Put cucumbers, green peppers, onions and garlic in a big (food safe) plastic tub. Gently mix in salt. Cover with ice (about an inch). Cover with a tea towel and let sit in a cool place overnight.
  2. The next morning, rinse and drain. Put into a large pot. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil.
  3. Ladle into hot, sterile jars leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
  4. Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.*

* Recommended processing time by the USDA.

Posted by ginnyo at Recipe Goldmine 8/22/2001 2:49 pm

Source: My mom, her mom, her mom, etc.

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