Pickles, Bread and Butter, Quick and Easy

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Bread and Butter refrigerator pickles

yield: 2 quarts
prep time: 30 minutes

We love bread and butter pickles in our house. I have canned them before but these days I do not use the pressure or hot bath method of canning because I just don’t have a garden. Instead for this recipe you can prepare them and just put them right into the refrigerator.  It is truly a quick and easy recipe and can be done start to finish in 30 minutes. Take a look:

pickles_1Ingredients:

1 long English Cucumber (or several pickle sized cukes from your garden)

3 Cups distilled vinegar

3 Cups sugar

1/3 cup coarse sea salt (or canning salt)

1 tablespoon celery seed

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 tablespoon mustard seed

 

bread and butter pickle brine
bread and butter pickle brine

Make the brine (makes enough brine for 2 quarts of pickles):

Put the vinegar, sugar, salt, celery seed, turmeric and mustard seed into a 3 quart sauce pan (note, turmeric will turn everything a lovely shade of bright orange/yellow so be careful to choose a pan and utensils that will not stain).

Cook the brine at medium heat on the stove top until the sugar and salt are dissolved (about 10-15 minutes).  Stir occasionally to help dissolve the sugar and salt.

sliced cucumbers
sliced cucumbers

Meanwhile:

Cut the cucumber(s) into thin slices and place then into pint or quart mason jars (4 pints or 2 quarts).

When the brine is ready pour it over the cucumbers in the jar(s). Leave about 1/2 inch head space between top of pickles and lid. Place jars immediately into refrigerator.pickles_5

Wait at least 24 hours before enjoying your pickles.  We love them with grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.  BUT they are great with any sandwich!

 

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Pamela Rose Williams

Pamela Rose Williams is a wife, mom and grand mom. She and her Pastor-husband serve together at Selah Mountain Ministries in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is also a Christian freelance writer. To learn more about Pamela and all the things the Lord has to keep her busy, visit her "About" page.