Monday, July 13, 2015

Homemade Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe

In our garden we've got three different kinds of cucumbers going right now (regular, pickling, Armenian) and they're all kicking into summer high production. What better to do with cucumbers than make delicious sweet pickles, also known as bread and butter pickles. Special thanks to my Mother-In-Law, Mama Bear, since this is her recipe.
These are refrigerator pickles, they live in your refrigerator, so you don't even need to know how to can to make them. It's super duper easy. Just boil up some stuff, chop the cukes (and a few other things), and throw it all in a big glass jar.

You will need:
  • 10 to 14 medium sized cucumbers
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 pepper chopped
  • 2 1/2 tsp mustard seed
  • 2 1/2 tsp dill seed
In a large pot, bring to a boil the following (stirring occasionally):
  • 1 pint water
  • 1 quart vinegar
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup pickling salt (regular salt will work too)
In a large glass 5 quart jar add the mustard seed and dill seed and a few of the onion slices. Then add the cucumbers, pepper, and remaining onions. Pour the boiling liquid into the jar (please do this carefully) and allow to set in the refrigerator for 7 days.

My first jar of pickles. Though when I made this batch I didn't have enough cucumbers to fill the jar, but no worries. A few days later there were more ripe cucumbers in the garden and I just sliced them up and added them to the jar, and kept going until the jar was properly packed with pickles.

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