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Bread and Butter Pickles Rceipe

Bread and Butter Pickles

Cal & Christa DeMercurio | Culinarily Yours
This is a simple recipe for preparing equally sweet and tart bread and butter pickles with seedless/burp-less English cucumbers. If you are not overloaded with cucumbers from the garden and want to make only one quart, divide the ingredients by 4.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Pickling Time 5 d
Total Time 5 d 30 mins
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 128 1 oz servings
Calories 25 kcal


  • Mason Jars
  • Large Sauce Pot


  • 10 whole English cucumbers sliced
  • 24 cloves fresh garlic peeled, whole
  • 2 large yellow onions large diced
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • 4 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 4 1/2 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp turmeric (optional)


  • Have two 1/2 gallon, or four 1 quart, mason jars at the ready.
  • In a sauce pot, combine vinegar, sugar, salt, celery, mustard seeds and turmeric. Heat to a
    simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Once sugar is dissolved, turn off heat, and let the brine cool back to room temp.
  • With a chef’s knife, or mandolin, slice cucumbers into rounds about 1/4″
  • Layer cucumber slices with cloves of garlic and onion, dividing into even portions between the jars.
  • Once brine has cooled, pour over cucumbers filling to the brim. Cap the jars and place in the
    refrigerator for 5 days to pickle. Keep stored in the refrigerator.


  • Thicker slices will give a crisper texture to the pickle and will take a few days longer to brine; however, you can make these pickles with thinner slices, and they will be ready to eat sooner.
  • Cucumber quantity is approximate. To completely fill the jars, reduce or increase the cucumbers and onions accordingly.
  • If you do not have whole garlic cloves and would prefer to use prepared chopped/minced garlic, add approximately 2 Tbsp to the brine, adding more or less to taste.
  • This pickling brine can also be used for other vegetables (e.g. carrots, cauliflower).
  • You can also "cheat" and not heat the brine before adding it to the cucumbers. It still has a wonderful bright flavor (that's the way my dad makes them).
Keyword Bread and Butter, Pickles