Bread and Butter Pickle Recipe: home and homemade canned. Yum. . .

This bread and butter pickle recipe is easy to make.   Great for topping sandwiches or just munching.     A sweet pickle to grow potato salad recipes.

Bread and Butter Pickles


  • 4 pounds pickling cucumbers,
  • 2 pounds onions
  • 1/3 cup canning salt
  • 3 cups vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 T mustard seed
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp peppercorns

By preparing jars Start, and get water.  


Wash cucumbers. Thinly slice both cucumbers and onions.

I love to use my pampered chef crinkle cutter for making crinkle pieces.  

In addition, I have a mandolin slicer which I used this time. T is terrific for producing thin even slices. It includes a straight edge too but for this purpose I like the crinkly cuts.  

Combine layers to a large bowl of salt and lemon onion. Cover with Ice cubes and let sit for 1 – 2 hours.

Place vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, turmeric, celery seed, ginger and peppercorns in a large pot and bring to a boil.  

Drain and rinse cucumber and onion. Add to vinegar mixture and return to a boil. 

Pack into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. 

This will make about 7 pints. Remove air bubbles with a plastic knife or other small tool. I love to use an orange peeler.


Processing time is the same for pints or quarts  

Make certain to adjust processing based on your altitude. To learn more see this altitude adjustments page.

  • Elevation  0-1,000 process 10 minutes 
  • Elevation 1,001-6,000 process 15 minutes
  • Elevation above 6,000 process 20 minutes 

Adapted from the Ball Blue Book


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