Friday, August 14, 2015

Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles-Flashback Friday



I originally posted this recipe on August 3, 2008. That was during our first year of blogging. It's been interesting for each of us to go back and look at some of the first recipes we posted. Bringing them back to life with new photos and sometimes giving more details or making corrections. 

This recipe comes from my friend Jan. I like to make these with fresh young cucumbers, but I have also made them in winter using long English cucumbers. 

To begin, wash and then thinly slice enough cucumbers to fill an ice cream bucket.  Add 1-2 small onions cut into thin rings. I use the narrow blade of my mandolin. This time of year try to find sweet walla walla onions.

Brine:
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp pickling salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  1. Measure brine ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Pour hot brine over sliced cucumbers and onions. 
  3. Stir and allow to cool on counter. Once cool, cover and place in refrigerator. 
  4. Stir every few days. They are best after they have had a chance to sit in the brine for about a week...but you can eat the almost a day or two after making.Several days after they have sat I like to transfer them into glass jars. I find they keep better in glass and it's also easier for storage and use. Like any pickles, these keep well for a long time. 

32 comments:

  1. OOOh, I could use some of these on my burgers today . .they looks awesome and I've never made them . .they look so good.

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  2. These sure are simple enough to make.. My mouth 'waters' at the thought of pickles..yum yum!

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  3. Kathy, thanks for your note this morning! These pickles sound good and I will be making them soon!

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  4. mmm, over some good european weiners, cooked on the end of a stick, yum. my friend karin makes these has brought them to weiner roasts..love em.

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  5. Sounds crisp and yummy - but you might want to correct the spelling of white sugar....

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  6. I love these and make them for my husband. Glad to have a real recipefor them, since I usually just mix and taste.

    Is that really shite sugar? *smile*
    I'm betting you actually meant white. If not, I stand corrected and would like to know where to buy the shite sugar. :)

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    1. you are a hoote! you are likely the life of any party! Please keep us laughing!

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  7. chuckling now. . I would change the shite sugar. . being the administrator and all but shoot. . I want to allow Kathy the luxury of editing her own post and providing her a chuckle at the same time.

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  8. .. .still laughing .. especially for those Mennonite Girls that can speak German. . .

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  9. okay . . I called Kathy as she was jumping onto her party barge with a tub of Kentucky Fried Chicken and she wants you all to know that she doesn'y use shite sugar.

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  10. Kathy - these are our favourite. We seldom eat sandwiches without them. They keep all winter in the fridge. I usually have a small container in my kitchen fridge which I refill from the buckets in the fridge in our garage. Glad to see you had time to use the party barge this weekend. I bet it was perfect out there!

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  11. It is so healthy to be able to laugh at yourself...along with others. Shite!!!! I did mean white for those of you who may be slow and not catching on. That one little slip brought us some good laughter throughout the day yesterday. My 80 year old Dad gave me the full details in low german and we laughed all the more. I don't speak low german and I know I even missed the best part in the translation. We thoroughly enjoyed our KFC, and our guests each brought a salad, our daughter brought buns and butter, salsa and chips, and I made an apricot platz and Scot's Mom brought matrimonial squares and fruit. A cooler full of a variety of ice cold beverages, paper plates, disposable cutlery, a garbage bag, 2 precious grandkids, one high chair, a BIG umbrella, 4 seniors, a fun daughter and son in law, and the captain (my guy) of the party barge made for a wonderful day in the sun on the lake. So when it comes to cooking some of you may feel over welmed, but it can be easy food as long as you have a good time. Bev K and us are joint owners of the party barge and we have hosted simple to almost gourmet meals on board. Entertaining is about the fun after all, and deepening friendships, the other is a wonderful bonus. Kathy PS now I will do spell check:)

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  12. Oh my goodness...what fun this post is/was. I am so totally amazed. I had no idea I would be able to make my own pickles this easily ... consider it DONE!

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  13. I probably got some of the last of the little cucumbers and made a batch. They are so good! The best I've ever had.

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  14. If I don't want my pickles sweet...do I just omit the sugar, or does the brine recipe change?
    I'd love to make these, but I don't like sweet pickles.

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  15. Hi Bia, you asked about omitting the sugar. For this recipe you do need some sugar. You could try to cut the sugar down to 1 cup which would cut the sweet down. Why not try cutting the recipe in half and try it with about 1/4 cup of sugar and see if you like it. Good luck. Kathy

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  16. Can you can theses?

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  17. This is the same recipe I use, but I do can them. Cold pack the cukes, onions and salt and pour hot liquid over the top, get air bubbles out and then water bath them for 10 minutes to seal. Then the hard part - wait 14 days until you can eat them.. gives them a chance to cure in the jar. Love them. Sometimes I will score a cayenne pepper and pack it in with the cukes - gives them a little bit of a kick.

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  18. Thank you for this recipe!!! I'm new to canning, but this is sooo easy and fast! I made them last night and already the flavor is wonderful. Thank you again!

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  19. Chilliwack Al

    The brine for these is one I use with sliced zucchini when garden cucumbers aren't available.

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  20. Just what I have been looking for. Thank you!

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  21. Freda,Aug,2012
    When my daughter-in-law informed me she had been given cucumbers and didn't know what to do with them, I checked with google to see if they had any recipes that were fast,easy and good. Well I found this one and am very pleased to report that even my grandchildren love them. Thanks.They won't last long and I am so pleased with the results.

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  22. This recipe is great thank you. But I should also point out another spelling mistake. Fridge has a "d" in it but refrigerator does not. This misspelling is in the title of your recipe. Cheers!

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  23. Thank you for this recipe...it sounds easy and delicious! I'm anxious to try it this week.
    What size is an ice cream bucket?? And, is it safe to celery seed instead of celery salt?

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  24. An ice cream bucket hold 4 litres or roughly 4 quarts.
    Jan's original recipe was meant to read celery seed, not celery salt and the correction was made in my copy of that old church cookbook. I've made this recipe for years now, at least 3 buckets every year using the celery seed.

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  25. An Ice Cream bucket holds 4 litres or roughly 4 quarts. When Jan's recipe was first published years ago in our church cookbook, there was an error made and it should have read Celery Seed, not Celery salt. I don't know if Kathy ever got the correction. I know that I make these pickles several times every summer and always use Celery Seed. They are easy to make, delicious and keep over a year in the fridge.

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    1. Thank you so much for answering my questions, Bev ! <

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    2. Thank you Bev for replying to this question. I have gone in and changed the recipe to read celery seed.
      These are always a hit.

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  26. I'm going to make these. Looks yummy. Do you use pickles that you would use for making dill pickles? Can you use Persian cukes?

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  27. I'm so happy to see this recipe. My husband loves bread and butter pickles and his favorite brand has gone away. I'm definitely going to make these for him.

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  28. Aww - pickling is on the schedule for next week. I've always loved Bread and Butter pickles and haven't made them for years!

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  29. Love these pickles. I did try using Persian cucumbers and they turned out delicious. Nice to know I can make these when pickling cucumbers are not in season. I did cut the sugar to 3 cups and they are still wonderful. So good on sandwiches. Yummy. :)

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