Bread & Butter

Ever wondered why Bread & Butter Pickles were called “bread & butter”? According to my online research (aka- google), they got their name because they were a staple during the Great Depression and were eaten on sandwiches with butter. Interesting! A pickle and butter sandwich doesn’t sound great but neither does a green bean sandwich which happens to be one of my favorites!

Last week I called my great aunt and uncle, Sara & Sam, for some pickle advice. Everything they can is wonderful so I knew they would have a good bread & butter recipe.  Here it is 🙂

Also, I would recommend starting before 10PM like we did!

Bread & Butter
4 qt sliced medium cucumbers
1/3 coarse-medium salt                          
5 cups sugar
3 cups cider vinegar
6 medium white onions, sliced
1 1/2 tsp. turmeric
1 1/2 tsp. celery seed
2 green peppers, chopped (I left this out)  
2 Tbsp. mustard seed
3 cloves garlic 
  • Do not pare cucumber, slice thin. Add onions, peppers and whole garlic cloves. 
  • Add salt; cover with cracked ice. Mix thoroughly.
  • Let stand 3 hours; drain well. (this helps to make them crisp and pull out the excess water)
  • Combine remaining ingredients; pour over cucumber mixture. 
  • Heat just to boil.  Seal in hot, sterilized jars. 
  • Makes 8 pints.
If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them! 
Sara Beth
The Southern Intitute


2 thoughts on “Bread & Butter

  1. I love bread and butter pickles! Your recipe looks exactly like mine. 🙂 salt and ice seem to be the key for making nice, crisp pickles…

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