7.17.2012

Bread and Butter Pickles

Look at these little darling's Persian cucumbers. I have passed these little ones many a time at the farmer's market. i was never really sure if they could stand up to pickling. So small and so un-cuck-ish looking. Ah my courage took over and I decided to experiment with them for some bread and butter pickles.

The first few things always to do is snip off the little stem and wash them . Once washed they go on to a bed of ice sprinkled with a little Kosher salt.
I cover them with ice for about an hour or so.  Once this is done I take them and cut just the end off. I really never know unless I am fermenting then it becomes a whole different process. But when I pickle I will slice just the end's off.

Many cook's put the onions and cuck's slices on ice then salt. I do not the reason is I am not hugh on using a lot of salt. I do not care how much you rinse them. I want my pickles to have the taste of the spices and liquid. Personal preference.


While the cuck's are napping it is time to prep all the other ingredients. I like my ingredients measured out and waiting.

I slice my onion's thin with the mandolin.Then set them aside.


Ok now our cuck's are cold rinse them off with cold water and start to slice. Use your kitchen knife or a mandolin. I use the mandolin for Bread and Butter all my other pickles I rough chop. 



I layer the ingredient's into the jars get the liquid in the jars and water bath wa la done...Yum ... Most of my pickles I let sit for at least three weeks. These get a lot of flavor in a little time but do give them a week to mingle.


When I started to make Bread and Butter pickles I had tasted some back East that were out of this world good. I searched and searched for there secret ingredient. Well it is no longer a secret. It is called Mahleb. The Spice House no longer sells it so I am on a hunt for a reliable source. The spice is the pit of sour cherries. It is used in Middle East and Mediterranean cooking.



Well good luck and always enjoy the process. Oh this makes about 6 pints give or take

Bread and Butter Pickles
  • 4 pounds Persian cucumbers (I used Persian you do not have to)
  • 2 large onion, quartered, sliced about 1/4-inch thickness
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 3 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1 tbs whole Mahleb seeds (Optional)
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • or use 1/4 to a 1/2  cup  pickling spices   

Wash cucumbers lightly salt and cover with ice for app. 2 hours

Slice onion into thin slices set aside

Have your spices measured and ready in to add to liquid ingredients

In a large pot over medium heat, combine the dry and wet ingredients and bring to a boil.

Firmly in a gentle way pack the vegetables in prepared jars.  

If it is too loose they will rise and you will have about an inch of liquid space. See the picture of my jar's they look packed but once I put the liquid in and get rid of the air bubbles they go down


Pour the liquid into jars, dividing evenly among the jars - leave a 1/4 inch head space
Remove any air bubbles from each jar and wipe the rim of the jar.


If you do not have the tool to remove the bubbles take a chop stick and run it around the inside of the jar you will see bubbles come up

Ok now cover them with the lid and the medal screw band firmly

Place jar's in your boiling water bath, adding more hot water if you need to to keep the level above the jars.

Cover and boil for 15 minutes

Lift the jars out of the water and place on a counter to cool. I put a large towel down for them and space them so they have room do not let them touch each other.

Remember to remove the screw band when storing them. Wipe the jars off once they have cooled. Always label with the date and contents.

2 comments:

  1. There you are. Wacky Rhonda here. Love the recipe for the pickles.

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    1. Hi Rhonda long time. How are you and what are you doing? I'm running over to your blog right now!

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Thank you !