Bread and Butter Pickles

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

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

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

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.

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. SavorySimple.net

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Bread and Butter Pickles

5 from 2 votes
Lightly sweetened and fragrant from mustard seeds, celery seed and turmeric, these bread and butter pickles are a summer delight.
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 3 minutes
Servings 32 1-ounce servings (1 1/2 quarts)
Calories 25
Author Jennifer Farley

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds kirby cucumbers
  • 1 medium yellow onion (12 ounces), sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon whole mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground celery seed

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from the heat, place in airtight jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 51mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 0.4% | Vitamin C: 1.4% | Calcium: 0.6% | Iron: 0.6%

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About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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