Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bread And Butter Pickles That Won't Last Long


These are as good as it gets.
Everybody loves bread and butter pickles. If everyone is too general, let me be more specific. I love bread and butter pickles.  I can eat them by themselves. No hot dog required. I don't need a bread, mustard, cheese, or mayo. In fact, I don't even need a reason. That's why I decided to make some with my mother in law Noni. We used a basic recipe and the cucumbers from the garden.

Don't Bother Looking For Another Recipe


You don't need it. This is as good as it gets. Sure, there are others. And I'm sure they are great recipes. But, how many great bread and butter pickle recipes do you need? Just one. Things can only get so good.

Ingredients


  • between 5 and 7 cups of sliced cucumbers. I sliced mine using a $5 mandolin slicer. They came out great. They were all the same thickness and circumference. Even so, it's hard to measure sliced cucumber. So just eyeball between 5 and 7 cups. I grew my cucumbers (just so you know) 
  • 2 large onions sliced. Again, I used the mandolin. I also used one white and one purple. Since I grew them in my garden too, they were extra tasty. 
  • 1 3/4 cups white vinegar.
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated white sugar.
  • 1 1/4 Tablespoons of mustard seeds.
  • 2/3 Teaspoons of celery seeds
  • 2/3 Teaspoons of ground turmeric
  • 1/3 cup kosher or sea salt
  • *optional ingredients include coriander, rosemary, and any other spice you want to try)

Directions

  • Put the cucumbers, onions, and salt in a bowl. Mix it well and cover with cold water. Put it in the refrigerator for two hours. After two hours dump all of it into a coriander/strainer and rinse with cool water. The less you rinse, the more salty the pickles will be.
  • Put the sugar, vinegar, mustard seeds, celery seed and turmeric in a saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a slow boil. Stir it constantly so the sugar dissolves. Dump all the cucumbers and onions into the pan and bring it to a boil again. 
  • Let it boil for about 2 minutes. Turn it off and put all of it back in the refrigerator. When it cools... put it in jars. 

What About The Canning Jars And Stuff

You ain't gonna need them. They aren't going to last that long anyway. Just make sure you put them in clean jars. I actually used the jars from peanut butter, olives, and other stuff.  I washed them in the sink, then put them in the dishwasher. They ain't killed nobody yet.  But this batch only lasted about two weeks in at my house. And there are only three of us. If you think yours will last longer, then maybe you should boil the jars first. 

Summary

Like every recipe in the world, feel free to customize. If you want onion powder, add it. Use brown sugar if you feel like it. Don't let anybody tell you what taste good. Only you know what you really like.  If you change something, and you like it... then let me know about it in the comments below. Thanks for reading... pickle on. 


About Potato Chip Sandwich

According to some people, men can't tell time, can't follow directions and can't cook. That's simply not true. The owner and author of the site, me..  can cook. This site is simply a way for me to keep up with my recipes without putting it into my other 10 or so blogs. Everything is Google-ized, so it's connected to all my other stuff. This site gets it's name from road trips when I was in my 20's. By the time we would head home all we could afford was a loaf of bread and some potato chips.