Bread-n-Butter Pickles

Discussion in 'Canning & Storage' started by timstalltaletav, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. While I was busy making copious amounts of Al's garlic dill pickles, I decided to try a batch of Bread-n-Butter pickles. Recipe follows below. These are probably some of my favorite pickles and I actually saved the recipe his time. Sorry no Q-view on these, I'll get some on the next batch this weekend.

    I forgot how much I love pickles!


    1/2 onion, thinly sliced - I used my mandolin and a plain white onion

    2-3 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced again on the mandolin

    1 cup water
    1 cup cider vinegar
    1.5 cups sugar
    1 TBS kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
    1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    1/2 teaspoon celery seed
    1/2 teaspoon pickling spice

    Combine onion and cucumber slices in a medium size (1qt) Foodsaver canister.

    Combine the remaining ingredients bring to a boil for a few minutes .

    Pour the hot liquid and spices over the onion and cucumber slices, filling the jar (I had some room left in the jar, about an inch or so). Allow the pickles to cool to room temperature, then vacuum seal and park in the fridge.

    I just tried mine after 5 days and they are great! I imagine they'll only get better with time.

    Note: since you're slicing these cucumbers thin, they won't be super crispy like the garlic dill recipe.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2016
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Your really working that vac canister!

    Looks like a great recipe!

  3. poopypuss

    poopypuss Smoke Blower

    Next time you make these, slide a couple habanero peppers across the mandolin.

    Trust me, you'll never want another pickle on your burger.

    Plus, you'll be asked if there are carrots in your pickles.

  4. I'll definitely try that with the next batch. I tried some pickles at a winery in the fall. They were called Sandy's Fire B&B's. I loved them!
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  5. poopypuss

    poopypuss Smoke Blower

    Yeah, dried chilis, like they use in Famous Dave's Pickles and the Vlasic "artisan" pickles, don't work.

    This season, I'm going to make a batch with Carolina Reaper Peppers sliced in. I had a bumper crop last year, so this year should be just as good.
  6. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  8. poopypuss

    poopypuss Smoke Blower

    Never used it, so I'm looking forward to hearing the results myself.

    If you have a grapevine around, a fresh grape leaf in each jar also promotes crunch.
  9. whistech

    whistech Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I use pickle crisp in dill pickles and it works well.     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2017
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  10. johnh12

    johnh12 Fire Starter

    Al, I saw this post and looked at your updated post using the vac seal canister.

    I have both the regular and wide mouth vac seal adapter for mason jars.

    Am I right in thinking a quart mason jar would work instead of the canister so the pickling time is reduced to just a few days?
  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yes you are correct, as long as it's under vacuum it will pickle much faster.

    It doesn't matter what kind of container you use.

  12. johnh12

    johnh12 Fire Starter

    Thanks Al.

    Now I have another rabbit hole to wander down. Pickles!

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