Lightly sweetened and fragrant from mustard seeds, celery seed and turmeric, these bread and butter pickles are a summer delight.

When I received a large quantity of kirby cucumbers in last week’s CSA basket, I immediately knew what I would be making with them. I’ve always liked pickles, but I LOVE bread and butter pickles. There’s something so satisfying about their sweet and acidic flavors. They’re a great way to add some crunch and sweetness to a sandwich (such as these pulled pork sliders) or served as a simple summer snack. 

Lightly sweetened and fragrant from mustard seeds, celery seed and turmeric, these bread and butter pickles are a summer delight.

I find that some bread and butter pickle recipes use way too much sugar. This version is sweet without being cloying. I use 3/4 cup granulated sugar for 1 1/2 quarts of pickles and I suspect that the sugar quantity could be cut down even further without sacrificing the flavor.

Lightly sweetened and fragrant from mustard seeds, celery seed and turmeric, these bread and butter pickles are a summer delight.

Mustard seed and celery salt provide a wonderful flavor and turmeric gives the onions a lovely yellow hue. I don’t bother canning these pickles since we go through them so quickly but you can certainly do so. Without canning these will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Lightly sweetened and fragrant from mustard seeds, celery seed and turmeric, these bread and butter pickles are a summer delight.

Bread and Butter Pickles
 
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Serves: 1½ quarts
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds kirby cucumbers
  • 1 medium yellow onion (12 ounces), sliced thin
  • ¼ cup coarse salt
  • 1½ cups apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoon whole mustard seed
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground celery seed
Instructions
  1. Slice the cucumbers evenly, discarding the ends, and place in a large bowl along with the yellow onion and salt. Cover the ingredients with cold water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours. Drain the cucumbers and onions in a colander, rinsing thoroughly.
  2. In a dutch oven or large saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, turmeric and celery seed. Bring to a boil, add the cucumbers and onions, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring.
  3. Remove from the heat, place in airtight jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

 

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Comments

  1. Bread and butter pickles are a favorite in our house. These look perfect. Pinned.

  2. Yum, homemade bread and butter pickles are the best, these look perfect and the photos are amazing, as always!

  3. I love bread and butter pickles too! I can’t wait to try making some :)

  4. I love bread and butter pickles, they remind me of being a kid and my mother and grandmother would make them and I just loved to eat them and I loved those onion slices! I really love the flavors you add here and the fact that you cut back on the sugar a bit. : )

  5. Gorgeous pics! Cannot wait to try this. I’ve always wanted to make my own pickles. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  6. Love that you shot this with the fresh cucumbers. It really makes the color stand out all the more. Beautiful post Jennifer.

  7. oh my gawd, I LOVE this!!! I’ve been on a pickling kick recently with carrots, asparagus (well, in the spring), korean radishes and red onions. LOVE these pickles!

  8. So, clearly I have been missing out because I have never made homemade pickles before! GASP! Can’t wait to try!

  9. I’m so glad you posted this recipe–a must make for sure!

  10. My favorite pickle! I love that you’ve reduced the sugar…I love that sour pop with a slightly sweet background!

  11. Yum! Bread and butter pickles are my favorite, too. I have a whole bunch of cucumbers from our CSA and my garden at the moment, so I have to make a batch!

  12. i can never pass up a good pickle.. thanks for posting this recipe, its one i definitely will be trying – ive never made bread and butter pickles before!

  13. I’m the only bread and butter pickle lover in my house, so I’ve never made my own. But this is so simple and looks soooo good! (And I can definitely eat that entire jar in 2 weeks.)

  14. This looks so insanely good, I WISH I could dig in! Seriously gorgeous!

  15. You’re speaking my language with bread and butter pickles!! Those are my favorite thing to can in the summer!

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