Classic Bread and Butter Pickle Recipe.

 Raise your hand if you love bread & butter pickles because you love anything that’s old timey, delicious and comes in a mason jar.  These crispy, sweet and tart pickles are delicious right out of the jar or as a side to a sandwich. 

Delicious looking bread and butter pickles in a Wecks jar sitting on a marble counter with antique mason jars in the background.

 

I’ve been eating bread and butter pickles for 2 weeks straight now.  I eat them faster than I can make them. In the middle of my face there is a puckery canker sore the size of a ping pong ball which kind of resembles a mouth?  And I don’t care that I have a pinched up canker sore mouth. They’re that good.

First up I made fermented kosher dill pickles, which for some reason taste a bit weird this year. I think the dill was too mature or I used a different kind of salt? They’re still edible, I mean they’re pickles – people eat pickled fingers! Actually you know what? I don’t think that people eat pickled fingers, I have a hunch I just made that up.

Anyhow, the slight let down of the fermented dills meant I was really counting on my bread and butter pickles.  

Bread and butter pickle ingredients laid out on a marble countertop including onion, pickles, beans, vinegar, salt and spices in spice jars.

I’ve tried the churched up, fancified versions of bread and butter pickles, but always come back to the classics.

What exactly is a bread & butter pickle?

Traditionally they’re thinly sliced pickles made from cucumbers that are equal parts sweet and tart. They’re a depression era invention which is probably why I associate them with grandmothers in threadbare ruffled aprons and dusty porches. In a good way.


There’s neither ingredient in them so …

Why are they called Bread & Butter pickles?

There are two stories about how they came to get their name. As one story goes, people ate these pickles between bread and butter because of both food and money shortages during the depression. 

There’s a more fact based answer to this question though.  Bread and butter pickles were invented by Omar and Cora Fanning in 1920 by a husband and wife farmer team in Illinois. In 1923 they filed a trademark on the name “Fanning’s Bread and Butter pickles”. 

Not wanting to waste anything they took the cucumbers they grew that were too small to sell and made them into sweet and tart pickles.  Their family raved about them, went crazy for them, ran through blazing barn fires while juggling bottles of flaming moonshine for them (I took a bit of artistic license with that scenario.)  

When they realized how loved the pickles were they used them to barter with their grocer in exchange for staples – like bread and butter.


These are good old fashioned, classic bread and butter pickles right down to the fact that I use whatever I have on hand to pickle.  Pickling cucumbers, like Kirby cucumbers obviously, but also green beans and zucchini if I have extra from my garden. So don’t  just limit yourself to cucumber slices, try anything you have around. 

I like to use my wavy knife for making these pickles.  You can buy the exact same one on Amazon –  they’re $8 and work great. I also use it to make crinkle cut fries when I can be bothered.

Slicing a cucumber with a wavy knife for ridged pickles.

I deviate from a completely traditional B&B pickle by cutting the slices a tiny bit thicker than they would normally be, plus I sometimes crinkle cut them. For 100% traditional, slice them very thin and straight.

 

Cucumbers, zucchini and green beans prepped and laying on a marble countertop ready to be made into pickles.

 

If you only have giant, mammoth cucumbers or zucchini don’t worry about it. You can still use them.  If the zucchini has seeds in it, just remove them because they can get bitter when the zucchini is big.

Then just cut the offensively large zucchini/cucumber in half, then cut the halves into quarters lengthwise.

Large zucchini cut in half lengthwise with sliced cucumbers and beans in the background.

They’ll look like little triangles, when  you cut across them, as you can see below.

Zucchini sliced into bite sized triangles for pickling.

You can use regular table salt to draw the moisture out of your vegetables but kosher/pickling salt is better. It  doesn’t dissolve as quickly or absorb into the vegetables as easily.

Salt being added to a big blue antique bowl filled with sliced onions, zucchini and cucumbers.

Then you throw in a tray of ice cubes to help everything stay cold and crisp.

An antique blue bowl filled with salt, bread and butter pickles and ice cubes with a wood spoon laying across the top.

 

Once the pickles have soaked in salt for 3 hours rinse them like crazy to get rid of the salt.  Taste one of the cucumbers to make sure the majority of the salt is out. Add the rinsed cucumbers to your boiling brine (we’ll get to the brine in a minute but it’s some spices, vinegar and sugar) and bring everything back to the boil.

Shove as many pickles into the jar as you can.  Just smash them in there. I use canning jars but you can put them in anything because these aren’t processed and are going to live in the refrigerator once you’ve made them.

 

Silver tongs place sliced pickles into a canning jar.

Finally pour the brine overtop.  You may have some left over.  I just stick any leftover brine in the refrigerator if I think I’m going to make some more in the near future. Which I always do.  They’re that good.

Close up view of turmeric tinged golden brine being poured into a Wecks jar filled with cucumber slices.

Once your pickles are packed, just store them in the fridge.  If that seems like a waste of time, just leave them on the counter. They’ll be gone before you can say who ate all the pickles dammit, you SUCK.

Want to make a HOT version of these?  They’re like Wickles, if you’re familiar with those.  HOT and sweet pickles. SOOooOOOoooo good.  Here’s the one easy trick that will turn these classic bread & butters into hot & sweet pickles! But I’m currently in the process of coming up with a completely new stand alone recipe for hot and sweet pickles. 

 

bread and butter pickle recipe

The end.

Classic Bread and Butter Pickles.

These sweet and tangy pickles last forever in the fridge and are a perfect addition to a snack plate or charcuterie board.
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Course: Canning/Preserves
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 hours
Stepping time: 3 days
Servings: 16 pints
Calories: 283kcal
Author: The Art of Doing Stuff

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs cucumbers cucumbers, zucchini, green beans ... whatever
  • 2 onions sliced
  • ¼ cup salt kosher or otherwise
  • 3 Cups cider vinegar
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard seed
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • ½ teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon turmeric

Instructions

  • Slice your cucumbers. I like mine fairly thick. Almost 1/4". But the traditional way is to slice them very thin.
  • Combine your sliced cucumbers with onions in a bowl.  Sprinkle with ¼ cup of pickling salt and toss.  Mix in a tray of ice cubes and let sit for 3 hours. (this sucks out the moisture from the cucumbers so they turn into crispier pickles.)
  • Rinse, rinse, rinse your cucumbers!  Soak them in water and then rinse them again.  You want to get rid of as much salt as possible otherwise your pickles will taste salty.
  • Combine the vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, celery seed, cloves and turmeric in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Add your cucumber/onion mixture to the pot and return to the boil.
  • Stuff your pickles into sterilized jars, then pour the liquid in until covered.  Store in fridge until you wanna eat them (but try to wait a few days otherwise they won't have that great bread & butter pickle flavour)

Notes

This recipe can easily be made into "Hot and Sweet" pickles, by adding  fresh or dried cayenne peppers to the jar.  Slice the peppers in half lengthwise (three or four peppers if you like it really hot) and stick them in the jar.  You can also add cayenne pepper or pepper flakes.  Or all three!  For the full flavour, let the jar rest in the fridge for a month giving it a shake every so often.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pint | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1775mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.9mg

My family members all love pickles,  but they also all agree that they never eat them.  Which I don’t understand, but who among us has any real understanding of any of our family members? Other than our pets?

So if you’re confused about how to eat these or what to eat them with I have a few ideas for you, the first being how I eat them all the time.

  • I STAND AT THE REFRIGERATOR WITH THE JAR IN ONE HAND AND A FORK IN THE OTHER AND I EAT THEM.

That’s it. That is all I do.  Usually when I’m getting dinner ready or just feel like chewing on something.

  • If I’m having anything BBQey for dinner I put a little side of pickles on my plate. Stuff like ribs, or hot dogs or anything else no one is supposed to admit to loving anymore. 
  • And the next time you make a homemade hamburger?  I want you to ditch the dill pickle and cover the top with these bread and butters instead.  If you like relish on your hamburgers this is going to be something you’ll appreciate.

Maybe even run through a burning barn for.

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Classic Bread and Butter Pickle Recipe.

81 Comments

  1. Cherie says:

    Hi
    I do not want to put mine in the fridge. My fridge is always packed even though it is an all-fridge! It is full of condiments of all kinds and some leftovers and well fridge stuff, you know. But, I want to make these b&b pickles and want to give some away as Christmas gifts so they have to last longer than a few weeks. I will put them in a boiling water bath for 10-15 mins. Do you think that will change the consistency?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cherie. For canning you really have to use recipes that are exclusively made for canning to ensure they have the proper acidity. So I wouldn’t worry about the consistency so much as the safety. Just Google a few bread and butter pickle recipes for the canner. You can alter spices and sugars in a canning recipe but you cannot change the acie/water amounts. ~ karen!

  2. Amanda says:

    Have been making your recipe for years since I first saw it posted. THE BEST! My family is crazy for them. Thanks for making me the Pickle Queen in their eyes!

  3. Karen Purpero says:

    I grew Poona Kheera cucumbers which have tough skins but delicious peeled. What do you think about using peeled cukes? I made kosher dills without peeling but again, skins are tough.

  4. Hannah says:

    I made pickles tonight. I mean, not bread and butter pickles, I made sweet pickles, but I could definitely make bread and butter pickles. I don’t like any pickles (aside from pickled beets) so they’re great to give away at Christmas, unlike jam, of which I am very possessive.

  5. Darla Ragland says:

    If I made these now, do you think they would stay good in the refrigerator until the holidays? That is when my swarm of pickle eating kids will show up.

  6. Marci says:

    I was all ready to be mad because I made pickles two days ago and thought I missed something but your recipe is almost identical to mine so I’m ok again, whew. I leave out the turmeric because for some reason it tastes medicinal to me. I do add dill seed (not leaf). I have made them sweet and spicy and also sweet, spicy and garlic-y. I process mine at the same point you put them in the fridge so I have them all year.

  7. Marianne says:

    Has anyone else noticed a vinegar shortage? Very difficult to find in sufficient quantities for canning! (Covid-alternative cleaning solution?)

    • Mary W says:

      Anything related to home gardening has sold out across the country – freezers, seeds, vinegar and jars, tools, fertilizer, potting soil, mulch. You name it. It is hard to find and best grab several when you do see it. Home gardening has been the number one hobby for about a hundred years (probably wasn’t considered a hobby before since everyone did it. Covid, shortages, economy, healthy food, etc., has us rethinking priorities.

    • Karen says:

      I haven’t noticed that but I have noticed a sealer (for jars) shortage! ~ karen!

  8. Madeline says:

    Hi Karen, can these be made with sugar subs, for us Keto lifestyle folks? I am reduced to buying Mt. Olive brand sugar-free b&B pickles, but like most commercial condiments, they have other stuff in them I don’t really want.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Madeline! I can’t imagine why not! I’d be leery about saying yes if you were canning them because you don’t ever want to change a canning recipe (although you can usually change the sugar amounts with no problem). I’d actually love it if you gave it a shot and let me know! ~ karen

  9. Helen says:

    Can I use English cucumber with this recipe?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Helen! You can! They won’t be as crispy as they would if you used pickling cucumbers, but they’ll work and taste exactly the same. ~ karen!

  10. Sandra says:

    Okay, here’s a B&B pickle recipe that doesn’t sound like it’ll work, but it DOES! So easy. I don’t like onions in my B&B pickle’s so I just use more cukes and throw in some dried onion flakes.

    Microwave Bread & Butter Pickles
    makes 1 pint

    2 cups cucumbers, sliced, thin
    3⁄4 cup onion, thin sliced
    1 cup sugar
    1⁄2 cup white distilled vinegar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1⁄2 teaspoon mustard seeds
    1⁄4 teaspoon celery seed
    1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric

    DIRECTIONS
    Mix all in a 2 quart bowl and microwave on High 8 to 9 minutes, stirring twice during cooking time.
    Cukes will be crisp, onions translucent.

  11. Carol says:

    I did some pickling (canning?) for the first time last year and was instantly addicted, bread & butter pickles, garlic dill, dilly beans,,,,,they were all my favourite. However long they said you’re supposed to wait before eating them,,,I never could. Cannot wait to start making some more in a couple of weeks (currently on bean watch here, not quite ready yet). Same as you, I formulated my own recipes from combining a few different ones, your b&b recipe sounds very much the same as how I did mine. They were the best! My dilly beans and garlic dills need some perfecting this year though….

  12. Vivian L says:

    How can I use left over brine to add more cakes for bread & butter pickles?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vivian L! It isn’t generally recommended that you reuse the brine because of bacteria etc. etc. If you were to use it over, I would boil it again, then add the cucumbers as you did for the first batch. ~ karen!

  13. Nancy S says:

    I would really love to make these. But, I’m allergic to mustard. If I leave it out I’m sure they will be flat. Can you suggest a substitute for the mustard?
    By the way, before the allergy I used to eat bread & butter pickles with a crisp juicy apple. Yum!

  14. Gail E says:

    THANK YOU!!! Made these last weekend- everyone loves them including me. I even took some to work- they want more!! GE

    • Karen says:

      I know!!! LOL. They’re the best batch I’ve ever made so I figured I’d better get it down in writing so I didn’t forget. It’s a combination of a few recipes that I’ve tried. I wasn’t kidding when I said I couldn’t stop eating them! Next up … dill. Once I perfect them. ~ karen!

  15. SueSchneid22 says:

    I can use regular, big cukes? I don’t have any pickling cukes, but have lots,of beautiful regular cukes. Will that work? Can you mix the zucchini, beans and the cukes in the same batch? This would be great news!! Thanks so much!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sue. Yup. You can definitely mix everything in the same batch. And the only thing I might do with regular cucumbers is get rid of the seeds of they’re especially large before you pickle them. I show you how to easily do it in the video in this post. ~ karen! p.s. Get the chickens.

  16. Deneen says:

    Karen, I cannot thank you enough!!! This recipe is right on time. Just yesterday, I was in Ace Hardware checking out & was thrilled to find jars of all-natural bread & butter pickles by the front desk. I was thrilled because pickles are hard to find in regular grocery stores without a couple of nasty ingredients in them … didn’t want to wait until my Trader Joe’s/Whole Foods shopping later this week. But, my jaw hit the floor when the cashier rang up my total, my jaw hit the floor … surely she must have charged me twice for something. Nope … it was the pickles … they were $9 … that’s ri-ight $N.I.N.E.!!! I promptly said nevermiiiiiiiind (like that Saturday Night Live comedian from long ago). I expect that nonsense at a farmer’s market at the gourmet table … but, the hardware store?!!! I knew something had to be up … finding pickles at Ace Hardware.

    Fast forward to a few minutes ago … opened my feedly page for the first time in eons & saw the words Bread and Butter Pickles. Joy! Adding the ingredients to my grocery list (need mustard and celery seeds). I love to cook; but, I have never canned or pickled anything. The closest I’ve come to it is when I replicated a spicy Asian cucumber salad … which was just four servings that didn’t need to be preserved. Your recipe looks so simple. Thank youuuu!

    Please tell me how to sterilize jars. I have a few mason jars & I know that you boil them; but, for how long?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Deneen – I put my jars into the dishwasher on sterilize, then I keep them hot in the oven at 210 F. But you don’t need to do that with these because you aren’t actually canning them and trying to get them to have a stable shelf life. You’re just jarring them to keep in your fridge. Of course, make sure the mason jars have been cleaned though, lol! ~ karen

      • Deneen says:

        Thanks for your prompt reply, Karen. I have some green beans in my freezer (bought them fresh & put them in the freezer in a freezer bag). I’m assuming that they wouldn’t be good for this recipe because they won’t be crunchy. Am I right?

  17. Gwen H. says:

    I love your recipe. The pickles look amazing.

  18. debbie says:

    Looks great Karen, I love bread and butter pickles with a sandwich. Question: I am the expiration date kinda girl sooo I don’t have to can these but they will stay good in the fridge in a mason jar maybe for 2 weeks ya think? I have never canned in my life or made pickles but I am willing to give this recipe a try:)

  19. Jamie says:

    Hi Karen,

    Well I only stumbled upon your site tonight as I was trying to find answers to my ‘transferring photos to wood’ drama and found your post on it…. excellent. It certainly inspired me to ease off on the idleness and start being uber cool at making stuff!
    Consequently I have now been up hours, reading all your posts and I am looking at the clock and my empty bottle of wine and realising that I am in trouble!
    I shall of course be sleepily wandering the aisles of the local supermarket tomorrow in search of the ingredients required to master these fantastic looking pickles.
    Keep up the good work and thanks a bunch for the sleepless niii……zzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Karen says:

      LOL I thought you were going to say I’d kept you up all night because you were transferring photos onto every wood surface in your house. That’ll come later I guess. Welcome to The Art of Doing Stuff! ~ karen

      • Jamie says:

        Thanks for the welcome Karen,
        The application of photos to all that is wooden in my house is imminent but I do fear for my safety… After 3 hours kip I feel that I could end up with some rather dodgy spellings or worse!! When my wife comes home from her shift later, I think I should be somewhere else!!

  20. sheri says:

    My son and I just made these, I’m off tomorrow to buy a huge bag of cucumbers. I may need 100 jars to last through the winter. They are that yummy. Thank you.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for letting me know Sheri. And if you just made them and you think they’re good, wait’ll you try them in a couple of days, lol! ~ karen

  21. Stephanie says:

    Does the pickle juice etch your marble? We just did our kitchen with a marble island & got such lectures & finger wagging from the pros & trades people. I sure would like to enjoy it more!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephanie – The only marble in my kitchen is very, very old. And that’s partly why I bought it. Because I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about spilling anything on it because the marble was already aged, worn and stained. I like things with a patina so it worked out. If you look at your marble that way, something that will wear with age, then you won’t worry so much about spills and stains. If you want it to remain perfect you do have to be careful about things like vinegar etc. etching it. :( ~ karen!

    • Madeline says:

      FYI, I left a slightly over-ripe banana on a marble cutting board, and it etched the shape of a banana into it. Who knew?

  22. Pam'a says:

    Maybe this will embolden me to venture out to the scary place in the garden where the Green Submarine lurks… i.e., a zucchini that managed to hide until it’s now big enough to eat ME.

  23. maria-TO says:

    Ahh, that’s what that “wavy thingy” is for! I luv, luv bread and butter pickles — have never tried to make them myself but your method sounds pretty easy — may give them a try and pick up some kukes at the market this weekend — thanks for sharing!

  24. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I made some sweet pickle slices last year..refrigerator pickles..Your recipe sounds even better..My tummy thanks you!

  25. Jasmine says:

    I like your wavy pickles, but I can’t eat bread and butter pickles, even though I am a pickle crazy person. They are gross. Similar to brussel sprouts. However, my Hungarian grandfather used to make pickles in a large jar, with salted water, garlic, dill and rye bread. In the sun for a week or two. That’s it. They are pickles from the gods. If I had a recipe for them I would share, but I have shared all I know. I made them for the first time ever this past week. So far, so good. They are fermenting away and are starting to smell fantastic. They will only last a couple of weeks in the fridge once they are done, so you have to enjoy them quickly and then wait for next summer again. I will let you know how it goes!

  26. Maria says:

    I opened the last jar of bread and butter pickles this week. I process mine in a boiling water bath so they last longer but refrigerator pickles are good too. The last of the cukes are gone until the second planting comes in but I’m going to make this recipe

  27. Karol says:

    found this… here http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cooking/msg1212420811127.html

    “They got the name “bread and butter” during the great depression when fresh cucumbers were eaten for lunch with bread and butter, and a cheap source of what was considered a vegetable back in the day. Moms could grow the cukes, serve them fresh as long as they lasted without refrigeration, but then had to pickle them to make them last all the rest of the year. In the summer cucumber sandwiches were very popular, thin slices of cukes on bread with butter- very English. But what then to do with the leftover garden produce?? Pickle it!”

    • Pam'a says:

      Taking it a step further: In the days before refrigeration, I imagine these would have substituted for raw cukes on sandwiches whenever they weren’t in season. Thus, pickles for bread and butter!

  28. Debbie says:

    Just in time for me. We finished the shelves in the garage for all our canning jars. I have been thinking about pickles and poof you sent out this post. Now, how long have you been in my head? Hummmmmm. lol

  29. Ruth says:

    Why – pray, do tell – are they called bread and butter pickles? *stands ready to be educated*

    • Liz says:

      I thought it might have something to do with fine china, and the bread and butter plates, but I googled and the name comes from the Depression. Cucumber sandwiches were cheap and mostly home grown. Pickle sandwiches were also cheap, when the garden ran out.

      Karen, I love your little aluminum spoon!!! Is it a single piece, or a set of measuring spoons ??

  30. Danni says:

    So frighteningly, eerily weird, I wanted to make some like my mother did when I was a kid (decades ago…) and was JUST wondering where to find my mother’s recipe, and looking at the pictures I see it is the same! Thank you!
    Here is a tip though, if you like spicy, slice a raw jalapeno into the pickles and let sit a few days. You can even do with store bought pickles, just dump them out and then layer back into the jar.
    And I too have finished the cob oven! She is beautiful!
    And Suzanne, you can make small drying fires in your oven to speed the process along. I’ve had some fires in mine but until I drive more moisture out I wont get good heating, and I have a big family clambake next month I want her ready for that to amaze the crowd.

  31. Lynne says:

    My mother made the BEST bread and butter pickles and I rue the fact that I never asked for the recipe. She just made them off the top of her head – so I know it wasn’t a complicated one. I’m going to give this one a try.

    What to eat with bread and butter pickles? A grilled cheese sandwich made with a good sharp cheddar. Hands down the absolute best combination.

  32. Brenda says:

    Ohhh yummy, we cannot enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches here without the bread & butter pickles. Love your weck jars and the wavy knife is fantastic !!

  33. Suanne says:

    Love bread & butter pickles. We’ll have to give this a try…..NOW! The important news!!!!! Our Great Cob Oven Project is D O N E!!!!!! Yep….can’t believe we did it. Thank you Karen for your inspiration. It took us a solid 6 days to get er done, (usually worked from 10:00 a.m. til 11:30 p.m. , without stopping, except for potty breaks) but we did it. It took us a bit longer because we had to dig a footer for our blocks since we had no patio and we thought better than to put it on our wood deck, so we dug, dug, dug….36 inches down and made a base out of cement blocks. (didn’t want to spend that extra money, but in the long run, I guess we’ll be glad we did). We spent our vacation from work to do this project. We posted our progress on Facebook with several pictures. Only had one snafu when our 1st sand mold crumbled an inch from completion. That was discouraging, but we perservered and now it is done. Haven’t made a drying fire in it yet (had to get back to work and life as we knew it before the project) but hopefully that will be soon. Our granddaughter sculpted a sun burst on the opening, which makes it all the more special. Our shape is a bit out of the ordinary on the outside. Kind of looks like a Hershey Kiss, but the inside oven chamber is nice and rounded. Still working on getting all the sand crumbs out. Very anxious to see how it drafts the smoke out. Fingers crossed. Thank you again Karen, for the posts and the inspiration!

  34. Diane says:

    Try some jalapenos added as well! YUM!

  35. Su says:

    YUM!!! I used to make bread and butter pickles and the refrigerator dills too!! LOVE that knife think I should go order one right now….. :)

  36. Darlene says:

    Ruthann – I process my bread and butter recipe in a waterbath! Works well, I have never had any issues.

    Pickle away!

  37. RuthAnn says:

    Like Bonnie I wonder if you can process these in a waterbath to preserve?? I don’t have that much room in my refrigerator..

  38. Tigersmom says:

    Wow. This may be the recipe that gets me to try my hand at canning.

    If you knew me, you’d know that people who do know me are dropping like flies at the idea of me canning.
    That is how serious my love of bread and butter pickles is. And I wanna do jalapenos, too.

    What are you doing to me? Next I’ll be growing the stuff I want to can.

    Does it rub you the wrong way to be this much of a positive influence?

  39. Anita says:

    My 5 year old niece eats a jar of my bread & butter pickles in 1 sitting as she watches cartoons. I make 2 bushels every year. they are the best.

  40. mimiindublin says:

    I hate pickles but that knife is so COOL!

  41. Bonnie G. says:

    Although I remember my Mom making these, I don’t have a clue about the process. Your recipe seems fairly easy to follow and the pickles look delicious so I will try it. One question: do you have to refrigerate the jars of pickles? I am asking only because you didn’t say anything about processing (sealing) the filled jars so maybe they should all be lined up like soldiers on the refrigerator door or shelf – hmm, ” Karen’s Soldier Pickles”? Sorry, I digress ! In any case I hope my question is not too lame.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bonnie G. – I just make a few jars of these at a time usually and they keep in the fridge for weeks. I don’t process them. ~ karen!

      • Tracey says:

        Hi Karen,
        I’m so glad to know these don’t have to be processed. That always scared me and seemed like it would take so much time, so I’ve never canned anything in my life. This recipe looks great and I love bread and butter pickles, and super happy that I don’t have to can them.
        I’m definitely going to make these. Again…more super useful and easy ideas from you. You’re the best!

  42. Cynthia says:

    OK, dumb question from Australia. How do you eat bread and butter pickles? On bread and butter or on their own out of the jar?

    • Diane says:

      Eat them however you normally eat pickles. I just eat them straight out of the jar. Then I sip a little of the juice. I have never figured out why they are called “bread and butter” though, maybe because they are as necessary as…?

    • Karen says:

      Me? Just out of the jar. :) ~ karen

  43. mia pratt says:

    These look great, I love the pretty little jars! This recipe is similar to the one I use for picking jalapeños, which are wonderful when done bread-and-butter style. The sweet-hot flavor is marvelous on hot dogs, and the juice makes an amazing “vinegar” for fish and chips, fried chicken, and just about anything else. Shit, now I’ve got to make bread-and-butter pickles and jalapeños, you troublemaker! That’s Karen, always makin’ trouble…<:}

  44. Luanne says:

    These look beautiful! Mine look horrible. So much so that I haven’t had the nerve to taste them yet. :)

  45. becky says:

    Soooo, Whatcha got for those of us who prefer dill pickles?

    • Karen says:

      Oh don’t get me wrong Becky … I love dill pickles too! It’s midnight and I just made a batch actually, lol. I’ve made more fermented dills than regular quick dill pickles so I’ll let you know how this particular recipe goes. (I mangled a few different recipes into one I thought I’d like). ~ karen!

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