Bread and Butter Pickles
Bread and Butter Pickles
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Bread and Butter Pickles

30 MIN
20 MIN
3 H
15 MIN
eight 2-cup (500 ml) jars



  1. On a work surface, cut off and discard one end of the cucumbers. With a mandoline, cut the cucumbers into 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick slices. Cut off and discard the other end (which tend to soften the canned pickles). You will obtain about 16 cups of cucumber slices. Place in a large bowl. Repeat with the onions. Add and toss with the cucumbers, bell peppers and coarse salt. Let marinate for 3 hours at room temperature. Rinse and drain thoroughly.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the lids and jars in boiling water.
  3. In a large pot, bring the sugar, vinegar and spices to a boil. Add the drained vegetables. Bring to a boil once again, stirring a few times. Remove from the heat.
  4. Spoon the vegetables and syrup into the hot jars, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) of space at the top. Remove air bubbles with a non-metallic utensil and wipe the rim of the jar with a clean cloth.
  5. Centre the lids (discs) on the jars and screw the rings down until the point of resistance, then tighten another eighth-turn, without forcing.
  6. Place the jars upright on the canning rack in the pot of hot water. Make sure the jars are covered by at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover. Bring to a boil over high heat. From the moment the water starts to boil, continue processing for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the jars from the water.


Pickling cucumbers are small cucumbers that are readily available in season, namely in August and September.


  1. How long should you wait until eating for the best flavors in the Bread and Butter Pickle recipe?

  2. They taste just like the ones my grandmother made. Which is quite a compliment. It's just my husband and I: I cut the recipe in eight, and made 4 half-cup jars.

  3. These are delicious! Made them yesterday and I know I will make them again another year when we run out. The only thing I recommend clarifying is the size of the onion. I had very large onions so only used four instead of 8. Because there are so many variations in size, an amount measured in cups of sliced onions would be most helpful. Thank you, fabulous flavour and the pickles have a great crunch to them!

  4. I made a second batch last year because they were a huge hit. Opened the last jar yesterday when we had company for dinner and was asked for the recipe... told her I would send the link to it. Will be making at least 2 batches very soon.

  5. Best bread and butter pickles ever!!! Just made these yesterday and they are so good! I have made a lot of pickles over the years but have only made bread & butter pickles once before. I love them but all the recipes I have found have been complicated and very time consuming until this one - simple, straight forward and done in one day. Can't wait to make another batch because they will go fast. Thank you for another great recipe.

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